Aliceville Council: Renting of armory remains on agenda

By Ginger Pearson, Correspondent

The City of Aliceville Council met on April 24th and began the meeting by discussing unfinished business. The first item discussed was the rental agreement for the old National Guard armory for events. City Attorney John Russell III spoke concerning the need to establish regulations. Russell recommended that alcoholic beverages not be served at events there.

"Whether it is legal or not depends on the nature of the function," Russell said. "They would need proper protection regarding insurance in case something went wrong."

According to Russell, the city’s liability carrier would need to be consulted in that case.

"Another thing to consider would be security to prevent alcohol and weapons from being brought in," Russell said.

Mayor Marva Gipson stated that she had sent a memo to the city's insurance company and had yet to receive a response. A motion was made and passed by a vote for this item to remain on the agenda for two weeks, until hearing from the insurance company. The events will continue to be at Aliceville City Hall until then.

Next, the board voted to pass an ordinance for legally impounded vehicles and the charge would be $30, with the proceeds going into the general fund.

A motion carried to submit three people to Carrollton for appointment to the equalization board. The last item under unfinished business was the discussion of a scoreboard for the park. Gipson said that $2,216 had been donated to purchase the scoreboard and was approved for purchase, but the scoreboard may not be installed until February, before the tournament. The motion carried.

Under new business, a resolution was passed for May 2, 2019 to be the National Day of Prayer in Aliceville. The 2019 Alabama League of Municipalities conference is scheduled for May 4-7 in Mobile, Ala. All city council members may attend the conference, but if they fail to attend, they would have to reimburse monies for the rooms to the city.

Gipson said the council was in the process of getting a city grant for the fire department. Four qualified engineering firms were scored and the highest rated was McGiffert & Associates of Tuscaloosa. A motion passed to accept McGiffert as the engineer if needed.

A motion was passed for the street department to pick up limbs and debris for free and the cutoff time for free pickup will be May 17th, with residents getting debris to the road.

See complete story in the Pickens County Herald.
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