More long-term employees with the City of Scottsboro were honored at the last Scottsboro City Council meeting held on Monday, May 2, 2022.
Charles Brown was recognized for his 10 years with the City; David Gant was recognized for 20 years, and Jeremy Bullock was recognized for 20 years.
Scottsboro City Schools (SCS) Superintendent Amy Childress was present to request permission for a warrant for the grant using the city’s A+ rating. If approved, SCS will be responsible for the repayment of the bond that will be issued out of Raymond James in Birmingham in the amount of $13 million.
Childress stated the bond will cover improvements in several places, with the first and foremost being the addition of classrooms onto Caldwell Elementary, while additional improvements will follow.
“The City Council knows how viable these schools are to our city. We will always do all we can to improve our city’s school system,” stated Council President Pudge Bailey. This item was moved to the May 9th regular meeting.
Candi Coble with Warehouse 207 was present to request an alcohol license for Warehouse 207. Coble stated they plan on turning the establishment into a pizzeria that will be using the real fired brick ovens and will be serving up authentic Italian pizza among other things. Coble stated she has undergone classes to learn the proper techniques. This was also moved to the next meeting.
Councilmember Nita Tolliver recently brought some non-functioning traffic lights to the Council’s attention. There are currently five lights down Willow Street, and up until now, it was unclear who was responsible for their maintenance: the City or the State?
President Bailey stated, “Ms. Tolliver went over this a few weeks ago. We’ve asked the State to look at the five lights, and at this moment we are asking them to repair and upgrade anything that needs repaired and upgraded, and then we can look at signing an agreement after that. I think that will be a fair way of doing this. Let them fix them, and we’ll sign the agreement to move forward with taking over maintenance for them after they have been repaired by the State.”
Bailey stated once they hear back from the State, and this is approved, it will be placed on the agenda for a meeting.
Whataburger is still slated to begin demolition of the old Number One China Buffet on John T. Reid Parkway in Scottsboro. Citizens can expect to see the property fenced off for safety reasons and the demolition take place within the month.
Council also discussed adding lighting to King Caldwell Park. The lights would be installed throughout the park and would be a permanent fixture. In the past, for events such as Art in the Park, the power board would come to Caldwell Park and make a temporary power hook up to be used during the event in the park. Now, if approved, the lighting will be permanent, and will allow for more safety to those walking in low light hours. This was moved to the next meeting.
The lighting for the back of the Veterans Memorial Park of Jackson County walking trail that extended to Bynum Park and the tennis courts is underway as well.
According to Bailey and Jim Olyniec, the poles have been treated, and the lighting has been picked up. Everything will be underway very soon to finish the project.
by Martha Smith