Alabaster moves to prevent nudity

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 2, 2004

By resolution, the Alabaster City Council unanimously approved an ordinance restricting public nudity within the corporate limits of the city at its regular meeting Monday night.

According to Councilmember Michael Sherwood, the ordinance is a &uot;proactive&uot; action by the council in its planning for the future and

keeping with the city of Alabaster’s image as a city for families.

In answer to a question from a citizen, Sherwood pointed out that the ordinance prohibits public nudity for profit.

While the ordinance states that it does not apply to constitutionally protected circumstances, Sherwood said after the meeting that it is intended &uot;specifically for businesses that want to feature adult live entertainment.&uot;

He said, &uot;Now we have an ordinance against it.&uot;

Passage of the resolution came after a public hearing was held on the matter in which one citizen rose to speak in favor of the ordinance and no one spoke in opposition.

The ordinance becomes effective five days after it is posted.

The council also approved a resolution to bring city employees’ mileage pay up to IRS standards.

The action raises the amount paid from 31.5 cents per mile to 37.5 cents per mile and allows the amount to be automatically adjusted in the future without having to come back before the council. It also goes into effect five days after being posted.

In another matter, the city of Alabaster was recognized by the Alabama Forestry Commission as a Tree City.

The official plaque was presented to Margaret Abston, who headed up the recent Alabaster Arbor Day celebration and who serves as a member of the Alabaster Beautification Board.

Also recognized for their work in tree planting were Councilmember Adam Moseley, the Beautification Board and the Arbor Day Board.

In other matters, the council:

* Approved a $80,000 FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) grant application with a 10 percent ($8,000) city match for the Fire Department to purchase hazardous materials equipment and for training.

* Approved a grant application for the Police Department to purchase up to 12 bulletproof vests at a cost of $1,500 each with an equal match from the city.

* Approved a line item change in the Inspection Department’s budget vehicle account from $500 to $3,900 to replace a blown engine in a truck.

* Approved a transfer of off premises retail beer and off premises retail wine licenses at Quickout Foodmart, the Exxon station at 1091 First Street S and for the Med Center Shell at 719 First Street N.

* Set a public hearing for March 15 on the annexation of two parcels known as the Hogue Property on Highway 119. The county property surrounded by the city is located across from the White Stone Development.

* Approved the maintenance of six decorative light poles at Silver Creek II and the maintenance of one new light at Yellow Hammer Drive.

* Set a public hearing on April 19 for a rezoning request for about 8 acres on Highway 119 from residential to community business. The property forms an &uot;L&uot; touching County Road 26 (Kent Dairy Road) and Highway 119.

* Set a public hearing on April 5 for a rezoning request of Interstate 65, Exit 238 property from agricultural to community business for the remaining footprint of the Colonial development property. The change is being requested by Shelby Land Partners.

* Approved a resolution to purchase land from the Alabaster Water Board at a cost of $1.05. The property is located in the I-65, Exit 238 development area and will be used as part of the infrastructure for the development.

* Set a work session for Monday, March 8 at 7 p.m. in the conference room