The Scottsboro City Council approved budget amendments and several other items on the agenda at its regular meeting Monday evening.
The first two items approved at the council’s meeting were public hearings for alcohol licenses for two local businesses. Lonnie McCaffety applied for a license for Family Dollar Stores located at 502 East Willow Street. Maritza Cortez also applied for an alcohol license for Toros Cantina and Grill. The license for Toros Cantina was approved pending the final fire inspection.
The council approved a $4,000 tourism grant for the Scottsboro High School Band Boosters. They hosted a band competition last weekend. Ten school competed and over 750 kids attended the event. Councilman Richard Bailey abstained from the vote.
The council approved the July Mountain Tower lease agreement. The city has had a lease agreement with Happy Thompson for 40 years to lease part of a communication tower on the mountain. The lease agreement is for $225 per year or two percent of the gross tower rental revenues.
The council rejected the 2019 fuel bid Monday evening. The bid review committee recommended Valley Oil Company out of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Councilman Greg Mashburn made a motion to reject the bid. Councilman Gary Stewart asked for some stipulations, like requesting 93 and 87 octane and making sure the company has a secondary source for fuel in case of emergency.
The city council also approved a resolution to award financing of equipment bid. The city purchased some roll off trucks to pick up garbage trucks for the Street Department. First Jackson Bank bid a 2.85 interest rate. First Southern State Bank bid a 2.75 interest rate. First National Bank bid a 2.74 interest rate. First National Bank will be financing the equipment.
The council discussed 2018-2019 budget amendments. The city is going to purchase a mini excavator for the street department for $114,304. It allocated $65,000 for the street department to buy a tractor with a side cutter. The city is going to purchase new Christmas decorations. It will allocate $20,000 for the new decorations, and the Downtown Redevelopment Authority will contribute $5,000 for the decorations.
The city set aside $2,500 for a Scottsboro Police Officer to attend the FBI Academy. It will spend $6,000 to replace expired ballistic vests for the Scottsboro Police Department. The city set aside $11,800 for equipment for the Scottsboro Fire Department.
It will also spend $12,000 for a mail and main server for City Hall. The total amount to be spent out of excess sales tax is $231,604. The city also has excess property tax and business license dollars. It will use those dollars for Street Department pickup trucks, Animal control pickup truck and a recreation department vehicle. The total amount for those items is $75,000.
The council also approved new job descriptions for the Scottsboro Fire Department. Chief Gene Necklaus presented some changing some requirements to be more in line with today’s standards.
It approved $250,000 for a matching grant at the airport. Bailey asked if the council could use the money it will get back from the bond refunding to match the grant. They city council approved painting fuel tank at the Street Department. The city will spend $2,400 to clean, maintain and paint the fuel tanks.
The council announced two vacancies on the Library Board. The terms on the board are for four years. Anyone interested should apply in writing to the City Clerk’s office by 4:30 p.m. on Friday.