Council OKs funding to buy fire engine
by Ron Harris
Jun 05, 2014 | 1249 views | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jasper City Council members approved spending $380,000 for a new fire engine for the Jasper Fire Department during Tuesday’s city council meeting.

The need to purchase a new fire engine arose because of mechanical problems with a current vehicle.

Jasper Fire Chief David Clark told the council at a previous meeting that the cost to repair the more than 20-year-old engine was approximately $50,000, and more repair expenses would be necessary within the next year.

Council members agreed at the previous meeting that it would be more cost effective to purchase a new fire engine.

In other business, council members:

•approved a request to have the Jasper Fire Department spray the arena for a rodeo June 13-14 sponsored by EASI. The 7th annual rodeo serves as one of EASI’s main fundraisers each year.

•held a public hearing and later approved a request from the Chevron 195 Food Mart for a retail beer and wine license for off-premise consumption.

The business is located at 3022 Highway 195 at the Five Points intersection.

The council also approved a similar request from Sarina, LLC, for a retail beer and wine license for off-premise consumption. Sarina, LLC, operates Mini Mart No. 1, located at 5120 Highway 78 East, just east of Walker Baptist Medical Center.

A public hearing was also held for Robinson and Pate, LLC, which operates The Barn located at 5450 Highway 78 East, for a restaurant retail liquor license. The council approved the request.

•accepted a $1,000 donation from the Alabama Humane Society for the city’s animal shelter. The donation is to be used for a program to begin spaying and neutering.

•introduced amendments to the city budget.

City clerk Kathy Chambless said the amendments are required because of and for funds to purchase the city’s new fire engine.

•introduced a funding request to purchase a lawnmower for the city’s cemetery department. The mower is expected to cost $7,500.

•authorized Mayor Sonny Posey to sign an exemption certificate for federal excise tax for archery equipment for the city’s parks and recreation department.

•adopted a resolution to allow Posey to enter into an agreement with the Alabama Department of Transportation for a railroad crossing grading project along 30th Street between Third Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

•introduced an ordinance to rezone two pieces of property at 2404 7th Avenue and 2406 7th Avenue from B-1C (neighborhood business conditional) to R-3 (affordable housing) in order for the property owner to construct a home or place a manufactured home on the property. The property is located in District 5.

•heard from public works director Joe Mathews regarding a property that falls under the city’s nuisance abatement ordinance because of overgrown weeds. The property is located at 201 19th Street East.

•heard from local singer Shelbie Z, who told council members about a video she is currently working on for her single “Walker County Way,” which was released earlier this year.

Filming has been held at locations across the county and is expected to continue over the next few weeks. On July 12, a block party will be held at The Home Depot in order to film crowd shots for the video.

On Aug. 9, a release party will be held to debut the video, she said.

Gary Cowen served his last meeting as council president. Danny Gambrell will assume the council president’s role at the next meeting set for June 17.