City Council deals with reappointments, grant application statute at meeting
By By Paul Keane
The Atmore City Council took care of various housekeeping duties during its regular meeting Monday, reappointing members to various committees and keeping its name in the hat for a sidewalk grant program.
The Council approved Resolution 2003-2, which is an agreement with the State of Alabama on a sidewalk grant program. The resolution extends the application deadline for such grants to 2007 and keeps the city in the program.
Atmore has received various grants for sidewalk work that is being done on various streets in the city, including M.L. King, Carver and others.
The Council also approved a measure to allow the Shriners to hold its Annual Paper Sale on March 29, with a rain date of April 12. The Council approved the measure with the understanding that the Shriners would be able to solicit in parking lots but not allowed to stand in the streets to solicit at traffic lights, as the Council has traditionally not allowed this for any group.
Councilman Webb Nall was named the voting delegate while Louie Turner, III was named first alternate and John Watkins second alternate when the Council travels to Huntsville in April for the Annual League Convention. Councilman John Garrard asked the Council if it was a meeting that the entire Council should attend considering the finances of the city at this time.
"It's really a meeting that we can't afford not to attend," Mayor Howard Shell said. "This is the only meeting of this type during the year where they bring everyone together, and they inform us all of the changes, new items and new laws that are being implemented for the next year. It's a very vital meeting."
The Council also approved naming Richard Maxwell to the Industrial Development Board. Maxwell replaces Brad Price, who is moving from Atmore for another job.
The Council also approved the reappointment of Silver Z. Brown to the Housing Committee and Gordon Everett to the Personnel Board.