Crews trying to catch up on Hoover leaf pick-up

HOOVER – Hoover Executive Director Allan Rice said leaf pick-up in the city has not been “going the way we’d like for it to go,” but steps are being taken to alleviate the problem.

Rice addressed the Hoover City Council at its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 17 about the issue, which has included some residents’ bags of leaves sitting by the road since Thanksgiving 2016.

Rice said he has met with Santek, which is contracted to collect the city’s garbage, and the company is making efforts to come back into compliance with the contract.

Crews are working six days a week and longer hours each day to catch up with the demand.

Also, the contract requires that nine trucks be in service, but there were only eight for a time because of maintenance.

City Attorney Phillip Corley Jr. said the contract calls for a $500 per truck, per day penalty if there are fewer than nine in service.

The contract also calls for fines of $200 for each complaint that is not satisfied within 24 hours on the first offense, and then $400 for a second offense at the same residence within a month.

However, fines have not been levied against Sanitek.

Rice urged residents with complaints to call the city’s Public Works Department at 444-7543 so that the complaints can be tracked.

In other business, the council:

  • Rejected the sole bid received for the Hoover Indoor Event Center Audio Visual Package. Though bid invitations were sent to 80 vendors, only Diversified bidded, with a total amount of more than $6,000. The resolution approved by the council will allow Mayor Frank Brocato to negotiate and execute a contract with Diversified at a price lower than the bid amount.
  • Recognized Michael Krawcheck as Library Board emeritus.
  • Authorized Brocato to execute an amendment to the license agreement with Tyler Technologies Inc. regarding software for the police department.
  • Authorized Brocato to execute a second amendment to the government entity tower license agreement with Crown Castle South LLC regarding telecommunications tower near Greystone Crest.
  • Approved the annexation of two vacant residential parcels located on Strollaway Drive.
  • At the request of the applicant, continued until the March 6 council meeting a request approval 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. The property is not currently zoned by Hoover.
  • At the request of the applicant, continued until the Feb. 6 council meeting a request of Carmike Motion Pictures Birmingham III LLC for conditional use approval for the ale of retail beer and retail table wine at the Carmike Theatre located at 801 Doug Baker Boulevard in the Village at Lee Branch. Monarch at Lee Branch LLC is the property owner, and the property is zoned C-2 Community Business District.
  • After a public hearing, approved the request of property owner Sheila Vaughn to pre-zone her property located at 4670 Valleydale Road from Shelby County A-1 to Hoover C-2 Community Business District. The property is currently located in unincorporated Shelby County.
  • Approved minutes from the Jan. 3 work session, Jan. 3 regular meeting and Jan. 12 work session.

•Paid necessary bills.