February 2016 Regular City Council Meeting Minutes

REGULAR MEETING                                        

February 8, 2016

The Bessemer City Council met in regular session on Monday, February 8th, 2016 at 7:00 PM in the Council Chamber of City Hall.

Members Present

Mayor Becky Smith, Council Members: Dan Boling, Kay McCathen, Joe Will, Howard Jones, Alfred Carpenter, and Donnie Griffin.  Attorney, David Smith. City Manager, James Inman, was absent.

Call to Order, Prayer, Pledge of Allegiance

Mayor Smith called the meeting to order.  Council Member, Kay McCathen, led in prayer.  Mayor Smith followed by leading in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Approval of the February Agenda

By motion of Kay McCathen and unanimous vote, the February Agenda was approved.

Special Presentations

Student Appreciation– Students from Bessemer City High School, Bessemer City Middle School, Bessemer City Central Elementary School, and Bessemer City Primary Schools were recognized by their principals/counselors and City Council as part of the Student Appreciation Program.

Mr. James Montgomery, Principal of Bessemer City High School, and Mayor Smith, presented certificates to Kaela Flemming, Zachary Del Vecchio, Ny’Lashia Thompson, and Diamond Burris.

Dr. Rebecca Wilson, Principal of Bessemer City Middle School, and Mayor Smith, presented certificates to Myian Ervin, David Sheppard, Jacob Mitchell, Hunter Thompson, Ethan Jones, Matthew Washington, Ebony Quezada, Shyain Smart, Emily Hendricks, Diamond Perkins, and Justice Cooper.

Dr. Tim Reed, Assistant Principal of Bessemer City Central Elementary and Bessemer City Primary School, and Mayor Smith, presented Braden Falls, Zach Sanders, Clarissa Sanders, Austin Edenburn, Allexus Haney, and Adrianna Helms.

Request to Speak/Opportunity for Public Comment

Mayor Smith opened the floor for public comment.  There was none.

Consent Agenda

The following items for the Consent Agenda were unanimously approved by motion of Alfred Carpenter:

  1. Approval of Minutes: Regular Meeting Minutes of January 11, 2016 and Work Session Meeting Minutes of January 26, 2016.

City with a Heart Day Proclamation

Mayor Smith presented to City Council a Proclamation to declare February 14, 2016 as ‘City with a Heart Day’.  By motion of Donnie Griffin and unanimous vote, the proclamation was adopted.

A copy of this proclamation is on file at City Hall.

African American History Month Proclamation

Mayor Smith presented to City Council a Proclamation to declare February 2016 as ‘African American History Month’.  By motion of Dan Boling and unanimous vote, the proclamation was adopted.

A copy of this proclamation is on file at City Hall.

Setting Planning Retreat Date

Mayor Smith advised Council that Thursday, February 25 and Friday, February 26 were available to have the City’s annual planning retreat.  By consensus, City Council approved to have the planning retreat on February 25-26 at Dole Fresh Vegetables in Bessemer City.

City Manager’s Report

City Manager, James Inman, was absent due to illness.

City Council General Discussion

Kay McCathen asked if it was planned to have a section of Sunset Drive paved that is currently gravel.  Joe Will wanted to review his list of items from his ward’s ride around.

Adjourn

Being no further business to come before the board, by motion of Alfred Carpenter and unanimous vote, the meeting adjourned at 7:24PM.

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