Alabaster youth baseball league disbands

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 16, 2004

The Alabaster Youth Baseball League has disbanded and will work with the city on the use of its remaining funds.

The action comes in the wake of the city of Alabaster’s decision to dissolve its Park and Recreation Board and form a Sports Council.

According to Councilmember Bob Hicks, the former league will become a booster club to bring the league under the city’s umbrella of protection, donate all its existing equipment to the city, provide new equipment for the upcoming season, pay for the upgrade of batting cages between C and D Fields and work with city on the use of the remainder of its funds.

In a parks related matter, Councilmember Jerry Workman announced the city has agreed to look into other improvements at Abbey Wooley Park.

In another matter, over the objection of Workman, the council approved the employment of attorney Greg Morris as special council to the city.

Morris will provide advice to the city as an employee of the city being paid for seven hours per week, bi-weekly, for a period of one year.

Workman calculated the cost to be about $40,000 per year. He said there was not enough information for him to decide to go this way of employing Morris instead of the current on call basis.

The vote to hire Morris as a city employee was approved on a 6-1 vote with all councilmembers present. Frank Head continues to serve as city attorney.

The council unanimously reappointed Ron Gambill, Larry Burdette and Ronald Brewis to the Board of Adjustments for terms of three years according to city ordinance.

Mayor David Frings officially recognized apparatus operator Jim Golden as Fireman of the Year. The Greater Shelby Chamber of Commerce selected him for the honor.

In other matters, the council unanimously:

* Approved the annexation of 1.06 acres at 1960 Fulton Springs Road for Dennis and Patricia Lyons. The couple owns the surrounding property, which is zoned for light industrial use.

* Approved the annexation of 3.41 acres of residential property at 1134 Fox Valley Farms Road for Scott and Susan Long.

* Approved the vacation of an alley between lots 7B and 12 of Maxwell’s Addition to Elliottsville.

* Approved an extension of the BFI Garbage Contract until Dec. 31 to give the city time to seek competitive bids for the service and to keep the competitive bid rate the city now has.

The contract is for garbage collection and recycling services. Residents currently pay 11.29 per month for the services.

* Announced a work session will be held Monday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m.

* Approved minutes of the Nov. 1, 2004 meeting