The Scottsboro City Council recently held a work session and regular meeting on Monday, July 11, 2022. Council President Richard Pudge Bailey and Councilmember Mike Ashburn were presented with certificates of election. Because Bailey and Ashburn will be running unopposed at the upcoming municipal election, Mayor Jim McCamy presented them with the certificates.
Ashburn stated, “I just want to say it’s been a honor and privilege to serve on the City Council the last three and a half years. It’s an exciting time to be on the Council right now, a lot of things going on, and I’m looking forward to the next term, so thank you.”
Bailey followed up with, “I’d also like to echo what Mr. Ashburn said. It is a great time to be on the Council right now. I really appreciate and take it as a compliment, running with no opposition. I want to thank everybody and all the citizens of Scottsboro. “
Candidate Jason Williams, running on the Scottsboro City School Board unopposed, was not able to be present but will be given his certificate of election at a later date. The municipal election will take place on Tuesday, August 23, 2022.
Also present at the meeting were representatives for Scottsboro’s Band Boosters, there to request $4,000 from the Tourism Grant fund to supplement the costs for the Band Boosters event this year. Anita Dunn stated the last event brought in $10,000, allowing the band to further invest with the replacement of outdated equipment and a larger PA system, which will hopefully make them much louder during football games. There were also nine bands last year with 750 – 1,000 people from all over. If you’re interested in volunteering, such as working at the concession stand or helping with organizing and setting up, contact Jimmy Leek at Scottsboro High and leave a message. Visit the Scottsboro Wildcat Band Boosters page on Facebook to stay up to date on all their events. At the following meeting, the Council approved the funds.
Solid Waste Director Stacy Ledwell was present to discuss the hiring of an additional operator. This position comes after one of the SWA’s employees has been on extended medical leave for almost a year.
“His salary is still there,” stated Ledwell. “It can be used for the remainder of the year. If we can go ahead and hire someone, and if this employee was to come back, we’d evaluate it and see what we need to do. We need to add an operator anyway, but the money to provide for this is in the budget.”
City Engineer Josh Little presented a resolution to apply for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). The Council approved this resolution, allowing the City to apply for the grant. This grant will allow for 30-40 blighted/dilapidated structures to be removed and the sites cleared within the city limits. The local match will come in at $50,000, and this will be discussed during budget talks this month and next month.
Recreational Director Donnie Woods requested $8,282.95 to repair the pool pak on the pool deck at the Rec-Com. According to Wood, only one motor is currently running, leaving the interior of the pool room to be stifling with the moisture in the air and chlorine in the water. The Council approved the funds that will come out of excess sales tax.
At the close of the meeting, the Mayor and Councilmember Gary Stewart congratulated Katie Kirkland, Events and Marketing Coordinator for the City of Scottsboro, on the success of the Independence Day Celebration sponsored by Main Street Scottsboro.
“I want to thank everybody who came out this weekend to the Fourth of July celebration,” Stewart stated. It was nice seeing all the people out, and we had a big crowd as warm as it was. They did a great job with it, Katie and everybody.”
Councilmember Nita Tolliver stated, “I want to thank the Scottsboro Fire Department, Scottsboro Police Department, Solid Waste and Scottsboro Water, Sewer and Gas. Last month they helped with our kids and volunteering, and I really appreciate the work y’all did for that last month. Thank you.”
by Martha Smith