Council OKs property ordinances, hears community forum plans

PELHAM – The Pelham City Council on June 15 approved zoning and annexation ordinances and received information regarding a community forum planned for Sunday, June 28.

The council approved an ordinance amending the city’s zone district boundaries to change the present zoning of Office and Industrial District to General Business District for property located along State Park Road.

The other ordinance approved involves the annexation into city limits 6.52 acres of vacant real property located on Monroe Drive.

During public comments, resident Kenneth Paschal announced the Alabama Family Rights Association will host a Standing United for Progress City-Wide Informational Forum on Sunday, June 28 at 5 p.m. at the Pelham Civic Complex and Ice Arena.

Paschal said the event will be a peaceful assembly featuring an invocation, a “Walk In Our Shoes” panel, a proclamation, community feedback question based on the results of a “Be the Change Survey: Law – Order – Justice” and a benediction.

Several council members thanked Paschal for his efforts in organizing the event and commended the city’s law enforcement officers for their work.

“This is an opportunity for us to have an open discussion,” Councilman Maurice Mercer said. “I’m looking forward to the conversation that Kenneth is having.”

“This is a critical time for our country,” Council President Rick Hayes said. “I’m very proud of our community and the way we interact together. We need to continue to work to optimize everything for our community and our country.”

In other business, the council:

  • Heard a proclamation designating June 2020 as Scleroderma Awareness Month in the city of Pelham.
  • Approved a resolution regarding an agreement with the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham to provide planning services for the development of two mixed-use zoning districts.
  • Approved a resolution to establish a Facilities Improvement and Maintenance Plan for all city owned buildings.
  • Approved a resolution for consideration to approve the lowest responsible bid from Dunn Construction Company for the city’s FY 2020 street resurfacing projects.
  • Approved a resolution to approve Change Order No. 1 related to the Weatherly Tank Painting Project.