Five items on the sales tax budget were reversed at the last Scottsboro City Council meeting held on August 12, 2019.

City Accountant Rick Wheeler published a sales tax analysis on August 1st and after reviewing, it was voted to remove several items from the list. Instead of funding a knuckle boom purchase of $141,456 with sales tax, it will be financed instead, having already been approved. Solid Waste’s allocation of $50,000 for a dump truck will be paid for out of the Solid Waste capital outlay account. The $39,899 intended for a pickup truck for Solid Waste will be reversed as well. Two lease payments of $7,769 each for knuckle booms #2 and #3 will not be coming out of the sales tax budget for this budget year. These amendment reversals come to $246,893 in funds going back to the sales tax surplus account year-to-date. Scottsboro City Mayor Robin Shelton stated the knuckle booms are currently being built, and the city is working on a buy-back program with First Jackson Bank.
Budget amendments for Solid Waste were presented. Repairs of $3,100 for a garbage truck and $13,552.75 for a trackhoe were approved. At the last work session, the council was presented with a structural engineering fee of $5,200 concerning the design of the floating floor to be poured in the bailer room and the poured concrete pad for a parking/storage area for Solid Waste. Due to arising questions concerning engineering costs for the design, the council decided to strike this one item from the agenda and will be bringing it back to discussion before voting. Mayor Shelton stated this would delay the start for the reinstatement of the recycling program.
At the last work session, Scottsboro City Schools Superintendent Dr. J. Reyes presented the council with a request for an additional [for a total of three] Security Resource Officer (SRO). During this meeting, Council member Mike Ashburn suggested to the council an appropriation for the funding for the new part-time SRO come from the excess of the ad valorem tax from this year. At the August 12 regular meeting, the council approved and passed the appropriation to allow funding for the new SRO. The appropriated funds will account for this school year in the hopes that by the time the start of a new school year rolls around, there will be sufficient funds from donations and contributions to offset the withdrawal from the account this year.
The amendment to the Scottsboro Employee Handbook, allowing for a hearing officer instead of a personnel board was approved. Now, in order to address a grievance, a hearing officer will be assigned instead. The position of Adjudicated Case Manager was also approved, allowing a certified magistrate their judicial duties in addition to those of Alternative Sentence Coordinator and other clerical duties, including enforcement.
An alcohol license to sell retail beer and wine off-premise was granted to Nisha Shah doing business at Sunrise Food Mart #1 located at 24860 John T. Reid Parkway and Sunrise Food Mart #2 located at 22885 John T. Reid Parkway; Mamta Patel doing business at Marathon Food Mart located at 18562 John T. Reid Parkway was approved. All three sites complied and passed inspections, licenses and zoning. A generator was approved for surplus for the landfill. The appropriation of funds for $554,861.01 from the capital expenditures account for a service road across from Wal Mart was approved, with the entire project coming in at an estimated $750,000, and $40,000 from the tourism grant fund was approved for the paving at Goose Pond.
During reports from staff, Mayor Shelton stated Parks Avenue Bridge is on schedule, and the storm shelter was delayed two weeks. After the pad is poured, the installment should begin within another week to two weeks. The Mayor also updated council on the recycling program and stated, “I was going to announce tonight that we were hoping to start residential recycling back on Tuesday, September 3rd, but I’m going to hold that just now because we got into a situation in the past where our recycling just sat there. We literally had it stored everywhere, all over the yard, about 20-something tractor-trailer loads. We got it moved, so hopefully we can move forward soon on this engineering component. We feel like this is a most needed space and addition to the bailer building. Maples has, as I mentioned last week, has tasked us with even more recycling, and some of what they recycle has to stay stored dry. That’s just it in a nutshell. It impacts our commercial customers as well as our residential customers.” The mayor also stated the bid documents for the two-phase paving jobs for Snodgrass, Gant and a section of County Road 33 are currently under preparation by City Engineer Josh Little.

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