In observance of Memorial Day, Scottsboro City Council will not be meeting on the 27th, so there were two meetings on the 20th, a working and a regular session.

The budget amendment for the new storm shelter was discussed. Council moved this item to the next agenda after confirming a remaining balance of $46,283 and all that is needed is to issue a new PO [purchase order] so the manufacturers of the shelter can begin the process of completion. During the regular session following working session, this item was approved by Council.
The financing for three knuckle booms, was laid out. Rick Wheeler, Scottsboro Finance Director, was on hand to explain the options Council had to choose from. A bid by First Jackson Bank was recommended by the bid committee as meeting the best specifications for the city. First Jackson Bank will finance three knuckle booms at a rate of 2.85% interest, which won out over the other bids as the best rate. This was moved to the next agenda, and during regular session, Council approved. The budget amendment for the knuckle boom repairs was moved to the next agenda and approved when the budget of $4,661.46 for the necessary repairs was confirmed.
Previously, Forestry Management Specialist, Billy Rye spoke to Council about managing 269 acres to be flagged at Goosepond using the quail management method which would entail a two-year contract. If approved, opening day would be June 11th, allowing the land to be surveyed more closely. Council members will be looking into the possibility of generating revenue from the timber that will be cut and putting it back into the land’s upkeep. In the event of the land under contract being sold, the contract could be transferred to the new owner. This item was also moved to the following regular session and was approved.
The Council discussed the Fire Department financing resolution, which allows Scottsboro City Council to direct the Mayor and the Scottsboro Fire Chief to sign any documents. After confirming its purpose, this item was moved to the next agenda where it was approved by Council.
Council member Greg Mashburn expressed his concern over the escalating $895,000 projected costs for the Heritage Center addition. “We’ve already voted to set aside half a million for this. What I would like to see is we use that half a million for paving projects.” City Attorney Stephen Kennamer explained that once money is marked for a specific purpose in a bond issue, normally it can only be used for that specific purpose. Wheeler confirmed, “It’s designated for that specific purpose right now and as far as for you to use that money somewhere else, you would have to go through the process to get approval through bond council to do that.” Mashburn stated the community should help to raise $395,000 of the required fee for the addition. The addition would allow the center to have an event hall that could be rented out and generate revenue. Mayor Shelton stated, “The fact that it’s a historic building with an addition, that’s going to drive architectural fees up another .24% added cost on their fee schedule. That’s based on their state fee schedule, so it’s just an expensive project.” Pending receipt of contract, this item was moved to the June 3rd agenda.
City paving was discussed. Mayor Shelton presented a list of priority locations. The list entailed repairs, sealing, culverts and roads. Council President Patrick Stewart stated he would like to prioritize six primary roads from the list. Council member, Gary Stewart requested County Park Road be discussed with the county. “There’s another street that I think the county could help us with, and that’s County Park Road. I have a lot of people that live in that area that complain about the road, how rough it is. Could the county not help us with that since it leads to their county park? I think that should be added to the list to discuss with County.”
Scottsboro High School won six Alabama High School State 5A championships, and the winning teams were honored at the Scottsboro City Council working session. Scottsboro High School girls Cross Country and girls Outdoor Track teams were honored, along with the teams for Scottsboro High School boys Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track and Wrestling. 

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