Jasper council looks to convey land to ILR

Posted 5/10/19

City attorney Russ Robertson talked to the Jasper City Council on Tuesday about conveying a piece of property that the Independent Living Resources of Greater Birmingham has been leasing from the …

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Jasper council looks to convey land to ILR


City attorney Russ Robertson talked to the Jasper City Council on Tuesday about conveying a piece of property that the Independent Living Resources of Greater Birmingham has been leasing from the city. 

Robertson told the council the group has leased a house at the front of Fowler Field for a number of years. "In my youth, I think it was the park director's office," he said. 

An ordinance was introduced at the meeting to convey the small piece of unneeded city property. 

The council agreed to a request that the property be conveyed to the organization, with the city putting in a reversion clause to give it back to the city if they ended their lease, if the city desired. 

In other action, the council: 

• Reappointed Wayne Rector to the Jasper Housing Authority. Councilwoman Jennifer W. Smith was not in attendance, as she was attending an Alabama League of Municipalities convention. 

• Approved a special retail liquor license for Musgrove Country Club, modifying a current license to match what the state has on file for the country club already. The Jasper Police Department had no objections. 

• Agreed to bids on inmate banking and commissary service from Kimble's Commissary Service in Columbus, Georgia, from Kyocera Document Solutions of Birmingham on multifunction network devices and Blount Springs Meterial of Cullman for crushed stone. The council also agreed to send out bid invitations for red rock. 

• Agreed to City Engineer Joe Matthews traveling for the ASCE/APWA Conference on July 16-18 in Gulf Shores.   

• Voted for an amended agreement with LBYD Engineers to have site observations at a cost of $3,000, involving construction, engineering and inspection needs for the replacement of the dehumidifier at the Jasper Natatorium. The total cost of the dehumidifier project is expected to be $800,000, O'Mary said. LBYD was hired to do an assessment of the structural steel there, revealing $30,000 to $40,000 will need to be spent to replace metal components to make sure the building is structurally sound. Mayor David O'Mary said it made sense to have LBYD involved to make evaluations of other structural components as the work proceeds. Councilman Gary Cowen agreed, noting the work is "such a complex structural issue, it's almost nuts." 

• Agreed to adopt a resolution, which is being adopted by other municipalities in Alabama and was backed by the Alabama League of Municipalities, to oppose Senate Bill 264 which would take away the right for municipalities in managing its rights-of-way, allowing utility poles and cell facilities to be installed as a matter of right. The bill was to be considered in committee Wednesday. 

• Adopted nuisance abatement resolutions for unsafe structures at 1505 Jones Dairy Rd. and 2806 Charles Fox Rd. It also adopted nuisance abatement resolutions for grass and weeds at both of those addresses, as well as 711 4th Ave., 1405 10th St. W., and 607 17th St. W. A resolution for inoperative vehicles was also passed at 1505 Jones Dairy Rd.

• Voted to approve a memorandum of understanding to remove structures at 2600 and 2702 18th St. SE in District 1. The property owner wanted to voluntarily remove homes and has paid the estimate calculated for the homes, City Planner Keith Pike said. 

• Heard an ordinance introduced for rezoning a small piece of land at 1005 21st Street W. from R-5 multi-family zoning to R-3 affordable housing zoning to locate a Class A doublewide manufactured home at the address, located in District 5. The city's planning commission approved the move and a public hearing will be held May 21, Pike said. 

• Adopted ordinances to change the intersection of Sixth Avenue, 30th Street and 31st Street from a one-way stop to a three-way stop. Councilman Willie Moore said Sixth Avenue "has become a speedway." The council approved the resolutions after giving unanimous approval first.