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9:00 a.m. - Pre Council Meeting in the Council Conference Room on the 9th Floor of the South Tower in Government Plaza.

10:30 a.m. - The Council Meeting begins in Government Plaza Auditorium on the First Floor.


Council minutes for Jan 03, 2017

MUNICIPAL BUILDING, MOBILE, ALABAMA, JANUARY 3, 2017

The Council of the City of Mobile, Alabama, met in the City Council’s Conference Room on the ninth floor of the Mobile Government Plaza on Tuesday, January 3, 2017, at 9:00 a.m.

Present:
Chairman: Gregory
Councilmembers: Richardson, Small, Williams, Daves and Rich
Absent: Manzie

The meeting was called to order. The Council reviewed and discussed the agenda for their meeting to be held today at 10:30 a.m.

The Presiding Officer adjourned the meeting.

Approved:

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PRESIDENT OF THE COUNCIL

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CITY CLERK

MUNCIPAL BUILDING, MOBILE, ALABAMA, JANUARY 3, 2017

The City Council of the City of Mobile, Alabama, met in the Auditorium of the Mobile Government Plaza on Tuesday, January 3, 2017, at 10:30 a.m., in regular meeting.

The meeting was called to order by City Clerk Lisa C. Lambert.

Pastor John C. Russell, Jr., St. John United Methodist Church, offered an invocation.

The Presiding Officer led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Present on Roll Call:

Chairman: Gregory
Councilmembers: Richardson, Manzie, Small, Williams, Daves and Rich
Absent:

Councilmember Gregory thanked all involved with helping to make the Dollar General Bowl a success.

Councilmember Gregory announced the Reese’s Senior Bowl will be held Saturday, January 28, 2017, 1:30 p.m. at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The players will begin arriving in Mobile on Monday, January 23, 2017.

Councilmember Gregory stated the Mardi Gras season will kick-off in Mobile with the Conde Cavaliers parade on Friday, February 10, 2017.

Councilmember Gregory recognized the “Delteens” present in the audience. They are high school seniors who, because of their academic achievements, have been chosen to participate in a mentoring program sponsored by the Delta Sigma Theta sorority.

STATEMENT OF RULES BY COUNCIL PRESIDENT:

The Presiding Officer stated that all cell phones must be turned off and that there will be no hats, hoods, sunglasses or large bags permitted in the meeting room.

1) Any person desiring to address the Council must register upon entering the meeting area. When addressing the Council, the speaker must state his/her name and address.

2) Each speaker is allowed five minutes to address the Council. A bell will sound to indicate the end of 4 minutes. One minute is allowed for summarizing. The second bell indicates the time has expired.

3) To maintain decorum, there will be no undue applause and/or public outcry allowed.

4) When addressing the Council, there is to be no personal address to any individual Councilmember. All statements are to be made to the Chair who will recognize any Councilmember who wishes to respond.

5) Any person desiring to speak to the Council on a non-agenda item must contact the City Clerk's Office no later than 2:00 p.m. on the Thursday prior to the Council Meeting. The subject he/she wishes to address must be identified. Any person attending the meeting who has not given proper notice to the Clerk's Office and wishes to speak on a non-agenda item will not be allowed to address the Council.

6) Those persons desiring to speak on agenda items must indicate the resolution, ordinance, appeal, or public hearing item on arrival when signing in for the meeting.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

The minutes of the meetings of December 20, 2016, were approved as submitted.

COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE MAYOR:

Mayor Stimpson acknowledged that he accepted the resignation of his Chief of Staff Colby Cooper who will be leaving the City to pursue other opportunities. The Mayor expressed gratitude for Mr. Cooper’s passion and commitment to the betterment of Mobile.

Mayor Stimpson stated Executive Director of Finance Paul Wesch will hold the position of acting Chief of Staff until the position is reassessed.

Mayor Stimpson noted that Airbus completed the building of seventeen planes in 2016. The seventeenth plane was delivered ahead of schedule.

Mayor Stimpson announced the U.S. Navy plans to name the next Littoral Combat Ship the U.S.S. Mobile.

Mayor Stimpson commented that he is thankful for the service and representation of the Azalea Trail Maids.

Mayor Stimpson advised a meeting with local businesses to increase employment opportunities for youth will be held on Thursday, January 12, 2017, 9:00 a.m., at the International Trade Center.

Mayor Stimpson proposed his resolve to work with the Council in 2017 toward a collective vision to make Mobile the safest and most business and family friendly city by the year 2020.

ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA:

Councilmember Richardson moved for the adoption of the agenda, which motion was seconded by Councilmember Rich, and the vote was as follows:

Ayes: Richardson, Manzie, Small, Williams, Daves, Rich and Gregory
Nays: None

The vote was then announced by the City Clerk whereupon the Presiding Officer declared the agenda adopted.

PRESENTATION OF PETITIONS AND OTHER COMMUNICATIONS TO THE COUNCIL:

AGENDA ITEMS:

Timothy Hollis, 1924 Seale Street, spoke in favor of constructing basketball courts at Herndon Park and asked the Council to consider comparable improvements at all City parks.

NON-AGENDA ITEMS:

Darlene Gay-Allen, 6417 Zeigler Boulevard, questioned the City funds spent on two (2) rallies for President-Elect Donald Trump and possible inconveniences caused to citizens.

RESOLUTIONS HELD OVER:

AUTHORIZE RIGHTS-OF-WAY USE AGREEMENT WITH SPRINT COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY, L.P. TO ALLOW INSTALLATION OF FIBER OPTIC CABLE AND RELATED FACILITIES. The following resolution which was introduced and read at the regular meeting of Tuesday, November 15, 2016 and held over until the regular meeting of November 22, 2016, was held over again until the regular meeting of December 13, 2016, held over once more until the regular meeting of December 20, 2016 and finally held over until the meeting of Tuesday January 3, 2017 was called up by the Presiding Officer.

RESOLUTION: 01-739-2017

Sponsored by: Mayor Stimpson

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MOBILE, ALABAMA, that the Mayor and the Assistant City Clerk be, and they hereby are, authorized and directed to execute and attest, respectively, for and on behalf of the City of Mobile a Rights-of-Way Use Agreement for Sprint Communications Company, L.P. to provide for the use of the City's rights-of-way for the purpose of installing a fiber optic cable and related facilities therein. A copy is on file in the office of the City Clerk.

The resolution was read by the City Clerk; whereupon Councilmember Rich moved that the resolution be tabled, which was seconded by Councilmember Williams, and the vote was as follows:

Ayes: Richardson, Manzie, Small, Williams, Daves, Rich and Gregory
Nays: None

The vote was then announced by the City Clerk, whereupon the Presiding Officer declared the resolution tabled.

SUSPENSION OF RULES FOR IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION OF CONSENT RESOLUTIONS BEING INTRODUCED FOR THE FIRST TIME.

Councilmember Richardson moved for the suspension of the rules to consider Consent Resolutions 03-001 – 21-008 being introduced for the first time. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Daves, and the vote was as follows:

Ayes: Richardson, Manzie, Small, Williams, Daves, Rich and Gregory
Nays: None

The Presiding Officer declared unanimous consent granted for the item.

CONSENT RESOLUTIONS BEING INTRODUCED:

RE-APPOINT GREGORY LEE REYNOLDS TO THE HISTORY MUSEUM OF MOBILE BOARD. The following resolution was introduced by Councilmember Williams.

RESOLUTION: 03-001-2017

Sponsored by: Councilmember Williams

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF MOBILE, ALABAMA, that Gregory Lee Reynolds is re-appointed to the History Museum of Mobile Board effective immediately for a term ending December 31, 2019.

The resolution was read by the City Clerk; whereupon Councilmember Williams moved that the resolution be adopted, which was seconded by Councilmember Small, and the vote was as follows:

Ayes: Richardson, Manzie, Small, Williams, Daves, Rich and Gregory
Nays: None

The vote was then announced by the City Clerk, whereupon the Presiding Officer declared the resolution adopted.

RECOMMEND APPROVAL TO THE ABC BOARD FOR ISSUANCE OF A RETAIL BEER/TABLE WINE (ON/OFF PREMISES) LICENSE FOR ZOE’S KITCHEN, 3980 AIRPORT BOULEVARD, SUITE A-1. The following resolution was introduced by Councilmember Manzie.

RESOLUTION: 37-002-2017

Sponsored by: Councilmember Daves

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF MOBILE, ALABAMA, that the following application to the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board of the State of Alabama, is hereby recommended for grant of such license by said Board.

Type of application: Retail Beer/Table Wine (On/Off Premises) License

Submitted by: Zoe's Restaurants, LLC

Location: Zoe's Kitchen
3980 Airport Boulevard, Suite A-1
Mobile, AL 36608

The resolution was read by the City Clerk; whereupon Councilmember Manzie moved that the resolution be adopted, which was seconded by Councilmember Small, and the vote was as follows:

Ayes: Richardson, Manzie, Small, Williams, Daves, Rich and Gregory
Nays: None

The vote was then announced by the City Clerk, whereupon the Presiding Officer declared the resolution adopted.

RECOMMEND APPROVAL TO THE ABC BOARD FOR ISSUANCE OF A RETAIL BEER/TABLE WINE (OFF PREMISES ONLY) LICENSE FOR VIRGINIA SHELL, 559 VIRGINIA STREET. The following resolution was introduced by Councilmember Manzie.

RESOLUTION: 37-003-2017

Sponsored by: Councilmember Small

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF MOBILE, ALABAMA, that the following application to the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board of the State of Alabama, is hereby recommended for grant of such license by said Board.

Type of application: Retail Beer/Table Wine (Off Premises Only) License

Submitted by: Virginia, LLC

Location: Virginia Shell
559 Virginia Street
Mobile, AL 36603

The resolution was read by the City Clerk; whereupon Councilmember Manzie moved that the resolution be adopted, which was seconded by Councilmember Small, and the vote was as follows:

Ayes: Richardson, Manzie, Small, Williams, Daves, Rich and Gregory
Nays: None

The vote was then announced by the City Clerk, whereupon the Presiding Officer declared the resolution adopted.

RECOMMEND APPROVAL TO THE ABC BOARD FOR ISSUANCE OF A RESTAURANT RETAIL LIQUOR LICENSE FOR D NU SPOT RESTAURANT & LOUNGE, 2159 HALLS MILL ROAD. The following resolution was introduced by Councilmember Manzie.

RESOLUTION: 37-004-2017

Sponsored by: Councilmember Small

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF MOBILE, ALABAMA, that the following application to the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board of the State of Alabama, is hereby recommended for grant of such license by said Board.

Type of application: Restaurant Retail Liquor License

Submitted by: D Nu Spot Restaurant Lounge, LLC

Location: D Nu Spot Restaurant & Lounge
2159 Halls Mill Road
Mobile, AL 36606

The resolution was read by the City Clerk; whereupon Councilmember Manzie moved that the resolution be adopted, which was seconded by Councilmember Small, and the vote was as follows:

Ayes: Richardson, Manzie, Small, Williams, Daves, Rich and Gregory
Nays: None

The vote was then announced by the City Clerk, whereupon the Presiding Officer declared the resolution adopted.

SUSPENSION OF RULES FOR IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION OF RESOLUTIONS BEING INTRODUCED FOR THE FIRST TIME.

Councilmember Richardson moved for the suspension of the rules to consider Resolutions 01-005 – 21-008 being introduced for the first time. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Gregory, and the vote was as follows:

Ayes: Richardson, Manzie, Small, Williams, Daves, Rich and Gregory
Nays: None

The Presiding Officer declared unanimous consent granted for the item.

RESOLUTIONS BEING INTRODUCED:

AUTHORIZE AGREEMENT WITH FEEDING THE GULF COAST TO SERVE MEALS AND SNACKS TO CHILDREN AT CITY PARKS AND COMMUNITY CENTERS (FUNDS FROM CHAMPS GRANT). The following resolution was introduced by Councilmember Rich.

RESOLUTION: 01-005-2017

Sponsored by: Mayor Stimpson

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MOBILE, ALABAMA, that the Mayor and the City Clerk be, and they hereby are, authorized and directed to execute and attest, respectively, for and on behalf of the City of Mobile, the Agreement between the City of Mobile and Feeding the Gulf Coast regarding the use of the National League of Cities CHAMPS Grant. A copy of said Agreement is on file in the office of the City Clerk.

The resolution was read by the City Clerk; whereupon Councilmember Rich moved that the resolution be adopted, which was seconded by Councilmember Daves and the vote was as follows:

Ayes: Richardson, Manzie, Small, Williams, Daves, Rich and Gregory
Nays: None

The vote was then announced by the City Clerk, whereupon the Presiding Officer declared the resolution adopted.

AUTHORIZE AMENDMENT TO COOPERATION AGREEMENT WITH RENAISSANCE PROPERTIES FOR CONVERSION OF PROPERTY AND HOUSING UNITS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE RENTAL ASSISTANCE DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM. The following resolution was introduced by Councilmember Richardson.

RESOLUTION: 01-006-2017

Sponsored by: Mayor Stimpson

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MOBILE, ALABAMA, that the Mayor and the City Clerk be, and they hereby are, authorized and directed to execute and attest, respectively, for and on behalf of the City of Mobile, an Amended Cooperation Agreement between the City of Mobile and Renaissance Properties, as outlined in the Agreement attached hereto and made a part hereof as though set forth in full herein. A copy of said agreement is on file in the office of the City Clerk.

The resolution was read by the City Clerk; whereupon Councilmember Richardson moved that the resolution be adopted, which was seconded by Councilmember Rich and the vote was as follows:

Ayes: Richardson, Manzie, Small, Williams, Daves, Rich and Gregory
Nays: None

The vote was then announced by the City Clerk, whereupon the Presiding Officer declared the resolution adopted.

AUTHORIZE AMENDMENT #14 TO THE AGREEMENT WITH TYLER TECHNOLOGIES (IMPLEMENTATION OF BMI ASSET TRACK INTERFACE AND COLLECTIT INTERFACE). The following resolution was introduced by Councilmember Rich.

RESOLUTION: 01-007-2017

Sponsored by: Councilmember Rich and Mayor Stimpson

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MOBILE, ALABAMA, that the Mayor and the City Clerk be, and they hereby are, authorized and directed to execute and attest, respectively, for and on behalf of the City of Mobile Amendment No. 14 to the Agreement dated October 28, 2014, between City of Mobile and Tyler Technologies, Inc., as outlined in Amendment No. 14 attached hereto and made a part hereof as though set forth in full herein. A copy of said agreement is on file in the office of the City Clerk.

The resolution was read by the City Clerk; whereupon Councilmember Rich moved that the resolution be adopted, which was seconded by Councilmember Richardson and the vote was as follows:

Ayes: Richardson, Manzie, Small, Williams, Daves, Rich and Gregory
Nays: None

The vote was then announced by the City Clerk, whereupon the Presiding Officer declared the resolution adopted.

AUTHORIZE CONTRACT WITH A & M PORTABLES, INC. FOR MARDI GRAS 2017-PORTABLE TOILETS, VARIOUS CITY OF MOBILE LOCATIONS, $30,346.00 (PROJECT PS-036-17; 10043037-42140). The following resolution was introduced by Councilmember Daves.

RESOLUTION: 21-008-2017

Sponsored by: Mayor Stimpson

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF MOBILE, ALABAMA, that the Mayor and the City Clerk be, and they hereby are, authorized and directed to execute and attest, respectively, for and on behalf of the City of Mobile, a Contract, by and between the City of Mobile, and the company listed below, for work as outlined in the contract attached hereto and made a part hereof as though set forth in full. A copy of said contract is on file in the office of the City Clerk.

Name of Company: A & M Portables, Inc.

Project Name: Mardi Gras 2017-Portable Toilets
Various City of Mobile Locations

Project Number: PS-036-17

Amount: $ 30,346.00

The resolution was read by the City Clerk; whereupon Councilmember Daves moved that the resolution be adopted, which was seconded by Councilmember Manzie and the vote was as follows:

Ayes: Richardson, Manzie, Small, Williams, Daves, Rich and Gregory
Nays: None

The vote was then announced by the City Clerk, whereupon the Presiding Officer declared the resolution adopted.

CALL FOR PUBLIC HEARINGS:

CALL FOR PUBLIC HEARING TO CONSIDER DEVELOPMENT OF A BASKETBALL COURT IN HERNDON PARK, 2900 DAUPHIN STREET (DISTRICT 1). The following resolution was introduced by Councilmember Rich.

RESOLUTION: 41-009-2017

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MOBILE, ALABAMA, that the City Clerk be, and she hereby is, instructed to publish in a newspaper of general circulation within the municipality the attached notice stating the time and place a proposed resolution is to be considered by the City Council and further stating that at such time and place all persons who desire shall have an opportunity of being heard in opposition to or in favor of the proposed resolution.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TO CONSIDER DEVELOPMENT OF A BASKETBALL COURT WITHIN HERNDON PARK Notice is hereby given that the City Council of Mobile, Alabama, proposes to consider development of a basketball court including concrete pad, fencing, basketball goal systems, benches, trash receptacle and tree plantings within a Herndon Park, 2900 Dauphin Street, at a public hearing to be held in the Auditorium of Government Plaza, 205 Government Street, Mobile Alabama, on January 17, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. At such time and place all persons who desire shall have an opportunity to be heard in opposition to or in favor of the proposed project.

The resolution was read by the City Clerk; whereupon Councilmember Rich moved that the resolution be adopted, which was seconded by Councilmember Richardson and the vote was as follows:

Ayes: Richardson, Manzie, Small, Williams, Daves, Rich and Gregory
Nays: None

The vote was then announced by the City Clerk, whereupon the Presiding Officer declared the resolution adopted.

CALL FOR PUBLIC HEARING TO AMEND THE DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT REGULATING PLAN TO CHANGE THE REGULATING SUB-DISTRICTS FROM SD-WH AND T5.1 TO SD-WH AT 400 ST. LOUIS STREET (AREA BOUNDED BY ST. LOUIS STREET, NORTH HAMILTON STREET, NORTH FRANKLIN STREET AND ST. ANTHONY STREET) (DISTRICT 2). The following resolution was introduced by Councilmember Rich.

RESOLUTION: 41-010-2017

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF MOBILE, ALABAMA, that the City Clerk be, and she hereby is, instructed to publish the attached proposed amendment to the Downtown Development District Regulating Plan at least once a week for two consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation within the municipality, together with the attached notice stating the time and place that said proposed amendment is to be considered by the City Council, and further stating that at such time and place all persons who desire shall have an opportunity of being heard in opposition to or in favor of such amendment.

NOTICE OF HEARING ON PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT REGULATING PLAN

Notice is hereby given that the City Council of Mobile proposes to consider the adoption of the attached amendment to the Downtown Development District Regulating Plan. The adoption of such amendment will be considered by the City Council of Mobile in the Mobile Government Plaza Ceremonial Courtroom, 205 Government Street, Mobile, Alabama, on the 24th day of January, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. At such time and place all persons who desire shall have an opportunity to be heard in opposition to, or in favor of the amendment. Furthermore, the City Council, at this public hearing, may consider classifications other than that sought by the applicant for this property.

This notice is published pursuant to a resolution of the City Council of Mobile adopted on the 3rd day of January, 2017.

The resolution was read by the City Clerk; whereupon Councilmember Rich moved that the resolution be adopted, which was seconded by Councilmember Richardson and the vote was as follows:

Ayes: Richardson, Manzie, Small, Williams, Daves, Rich and Gregory
Nays: None

The vote was then announced by the City Clerk, whereupon the Presiding Officer declared the resolution adopted.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Councilmember Williams offered an explanation why some items introduced on today’s agenda were voted on instead of being held over for one (1) week.

Councilmember Williams reported he attended the Mayor’s Luncheon for the Dollar General Bowl and was honored to be in the company of U. S. Army veteran Don Kelly.

At approximately 11:15 a.m. Councilmember Daves excused himself from the meeting.

Councilmember Williams recounted he and his wife had the privilege of being presented with a “Quilt of Valor” in honor of their military service at the annual meeting of the Mobile Quilters’ Guild.

Councilmember Williams voiced his support of the Mayor’s resolve for the Council and Administration to work together in 2017.

Councilmember Small wished all a happy new year.

Councilmember Small commented that citizens can see the penny sales tax at work all over the city and thanked the Council for its passage.

Councilmember Small asked the Administration for an update on the repairs of the ceiling at the Baltimore Street Community Center.

Councilmember Small thanked all district three citizens who contributed gifts that were distributed to senior citizens in nursing homes.

Councilmember Small reminded district three citizens to spruce up their yards in anticipation of the yard of the month announcement.

Councilmember Rich announced the Public Safety Committee will meet Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. to discuss security gates in neighborhoods. The meeting will take place in the Council conference room on the 9th Floor of the South Tower in Government Plaza. This will be the public's opportunity to address this topic and give input to the Committee regarding their support or opposition.
Councilmember Rich wished everyone a happy new year and expressed she is looking forward to the Council and Administration working together in 2017.

Councilmember Rich bid happy birthday to County Commissioner Connie Hudson.

Councilmember Richardson reported the Moon Pie Drop was a success in spite of the rain and thanked all involved with the planning and implementation of the event.

Councilmember Richardson advised the citizens of district three to look for new projects under the 2017 Capital Improvement Plan.

Councilmember Manzie wished everyone a happy new year.

Councilmember Manzie thanked Pastor Johnny Russell for offering today’s invocation.

Councilmember Manzie also acknowledged the “Delteens” in the audience.

Councilmember Manzie asked citizens for patience with CIP projects and urged them to call 311 with problems or concerns so they may be addressed.

Councilmember Gregory thanked Pastor Johnny Russell for today’s invocation as well as his service to the community.

The Presiding Officer recessed the regular meeting at approximately 11:45 a.m.

Approved: January 10, 2017

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COUNCIL PRESIDENT


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CITY CLERK




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