Hoover to participate in Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday

HOOVER – Hoover will participate in the Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday in February 2017.

During the sales tax holiday, residents can purchase certain items related to severe weather preparedness free of state and local sales tax.

Hoover’s City Council approved for the city to participate in the sales tax holiday during its regular meeting Nov. 21.

Alabama’s sixth annual sales tax holiday will last from 12:01 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, until midnight on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017.

Items exempt from sales tax during the holiday, purchased for $60 or less per item, will include most batteries, cell phone batteries, cell phone chargers, many radios, many light sources such as flashlights and lanterns, tarps and other waterproof sheeting, anchor systems such as bungee cords or rope, duct tape, plywood, non-electric food storage cooler, non-electric can opener, artificial ice, ice packs, first aid kits, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors and gasoline fuel containers, among others.

Coin batteries and automobile and boat batteries will be taxed.

Also, residents can avoid paying sales tax on a single purchase up to $1,000 of a portable generator and power cords.

For more information, visit Revenue.Alabama.giv/salestax/WPsalestaxhol.htm.

In other business, the council:

  • Approved minutes from the Nov. 7 regular meeting and Nov. 17 work session.
  • Saw Heather Skaggs present Mayor Frank Brocato with a copy of the book, “Riverchase: Images of America.” Skaggs said the Riverchase Women’s Club was instrumental in helping produce the book and club members were recognized. A book signing will be held Dec. 7 at Riverchase Country Club.
  • Heard proclamations declaring November as Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, and National American Indian Heritage Month.
  • Showed concurrence with Brocato’s appointment of Allan Rice to the Planning and Zoning Commission, and appointments to the Beautification Board.
  • Approved the amendment of the city’s budget to allow for the purchase of 40 mobile data terminals by the Hoover Police Department at a cost of $135,000, with $115,000 of the needed funds coming from drug funds.
  • Declared vehicles and other various items including appliances and office equipment as surplus, to be sold at auction.
  • Approved to allow the mayor to execute an amendment to the city’s Flexible Benefits Plan to increase the maximum allowable amount when cost of living adjustments are granted by the federal government.
  • Approved the appointments of E. Victor Kelley and R. Lee Barnes as public defenders to be paid $4,000 per month from the Fair Trial Tax, Indigent Defense Fund and reporting to the court director.
  • Approved for the mayor to execute a lease agreement with Harden Properties LLC to extend the lease for the police substation located in the Bluff Park Village Shopping Center for a period of five years.
  • Approved for the mayor to execute a Natural Gas Supply Agreement with Alabama Gas Corporation to provide natural gas service to the new Finley Center located at the Hoover Metropolitan Complex.
  • Continued until the Jan. 17, 2017 meeting a request of an amendment to the Blackridge PUD for the purpose of adding one parcel consisting of about 108 acres to be zoned PR-1 Planned Single Family District-Medium Density.
  • Approved the request of Warren Bailey, representing Blue Rain Express Car Wash LLC for conditional use approval for an express car wash and detailing service to be located at the southwest corner of Alabama 119 and Tattersall Drive. The property is owned by EBSCO Industries Inc. and is zoned C-2 Community Business District. The request came without a recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Commission due to tie vote at its Sept. 12 meeting.

•Set a public hearing for 6 p.m. Dec. 19 to consider a request that comes with a positive recommendation from the Nov. 14 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, from CT BTS LLC for conditional use approval to allow the development of a family entertainment center, known as Circus Trix, to be located at 6009 Tattersall Drive in Tattersall Park. The property is owned by EBSCO Industries Inc. and is zoned C-2 Community Business District.