Council discusses Millsource problems

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 24, 2004

Millsource traffic control problems, mayor and council salaries, water board agreements, annexation and the reinvestment of funds were all highlights of this week’s regular Montevallo City Council meeting.

Montevallo city officials were expected to meet with a traffic

engineering firm Wednesday morning to discuss a solution regarding Millsource’s request to improve the intersection of Shelby Street and Shelby County Highway 12.

According to councilmembers, forklifts from Millsource are crossing the intersection.

Mayor Grady Parker called the conditions &uot;unsafe.&uot;

Montevallo City Clerk Steve Gibbs estimated the cost of a traffic solution to be about $15,000.

He said possible solutions include the redesign of the end of Spring Creek Road to Highway 25 as opposed to Shelby Street.

Councilmember Greg Pendleton suggested that the city look into OSHA (Office of Safety and Health Administration) regulations.

Gibbs responded,

however, &uot;I would certainly caution you to be careful in what you ask (of Millsource).

&uot;(Millsource is) doing the best they can and still operate.&uot;

He said Millsource provides 210 jobs and serves as the largest ad valorem taxpayer for the city.

Parker as well as Councilmembers Bob Lightfoot and Willie Goldsmith suggested that the company make use of flagmen to control traffic.

And Pendleton suggested that the city look at all possibilities before doing anything.

Councilmember Paul Brown

questioned the ability of traffic engineers to come up with solutions not already considered at a work session held by the council on Feb. 12.

In other business, the council opted to take no action regarding the pay of the next administration.

Councilmembers will remain unpaid, and the salary of the mayor will remain unchanged at $500 per month.

Lightfoot pointed out the number of volunteers who, he said, risk their lives to serve the city of Montevallo.

He said until the city can pay volunteers, &uot;I would not accept a salary.&uot;

In another matter, the council approved an agreement with the city’s Water Works & Sewer Board regarding the instillation of a sewer lift station and force main to the gravity line at St. Thomas Catholic Church.

According to the water board, the city has annexed the Kenneth Carter (proposed Hidden Forest subdivision) and Larry Robinson (Sherwood Inc.) property and agreed to install the lift station and gravity line to the church.

Under the agreement, approved by the council Monday night, the board will pay 75 percent of the contract price of the project ($147,251.25 of $196,335) in return to receive one-third ($500) of the sewer impact feet per lot.

In the event the Lusco Property at Moore’s Crossroads is annexed into the city, the board will pay the remainder of the contract price ($49,083.75).

The council also approved an ordinance to annex property owned by Joseph M. and Caryn R. Salamy at 2 Monte Bello Lane.

The property includes a house and lot with the lot measuring 192 by 100 feet.

It will be annexed into the city as Agricultural Open until rezoned and will remain a part of District One until council districts are re-drawn in connection with the census.

In another matter, the council reinvested a $100,000 Federal National Mortgage Association bond with Federal Home Loan Mortgage at 3.15 percent.

The council also approved a contract with the Shelby County Humane Society to take kittens and puppies at a cost of $5.50 per day and adult cats and dogs at $8 per day to be kept for a total of seven days. Also to quarantine pets at $10 per day when necessary.

The council also agreed to look into a trash dumping complaint on Peach Street.

The council appointed Sam Green to the city Zoning Board of Adjustments.

Montevallo City Council meets the second and fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m