Westover tables fire negotiations

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 16, 2005

The Town Council of Westover has tabled

action to give Mayor Mark McLaughlin authorization to negotiate with the fire department for service, including a timeline for municipal takeover.

The action was tabled at the council’s Feb. 1 meeting along with the establishment of a community watch program.

However, in the absence of Councilmembers Ed Bahr and Larry Riggins, the council approved appointments to the town’s Board of Zoning Adjustments.

The council appointed Victoria Alexander to a three-year term; Roberta Stamp to a two-year term; Connie Kennedy to a two-year term; Shelia Weldon to a one-year term; and Janelle Bennett to a three-year supernumerary term.

Remaining positions on the board will remain open until an appointment is made.

A motion by Annette Tyler to appoint Bobby Pardue to a one-year term on the board failed due to lack of a second.

And Tyler cast the lone vote against Kennedy’s appointment.

The council also approved a request for the Public Safety Committee to research police protection options.

And the council approved support of the 2005 Alabama League of Municipalities Legislative Package.

Sherry McLaughlin reported that the Beautification Board will have a tree give away on Saturday, Feb. 26 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

It was reported that Wes Self, of Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood Inc., a Montgomery based architectural and engineering firm, will assist the town by reviewing plans and pro9jects and presenting a recommendation to the town concerning planning and zoning requirements.

It was also reported that work is being done on the exterior of town hall including a sign, flagpole and lighting. And interior work is being done on the library/conference room.

Additional work is being done to calculate funds from a proposed sales tax collection in the police jurisdiction. Neighboring towns, it is reported, have a 3 percent municipal sales tax and a study is being done to determine the feasibility of implementing this tax