SYLACAUGA -- The City Council approved creation of an airport authority in a 3-2 vote Wednesday morning.
Councilmen Tom Roberts, Shannon Darby and Joe Hogan voted for creating the authority, and Council President Rocky Lucas and Councilman Billy Carden voted against the motion. Creation of the airport authority dissolved the existing airport board.
During the public comment portion of the council meeting, resident Mike Landers said he was against creation of an airport authority.
“I suggest you take this illegitimate child (airport authority) and not fund it,” he said. “You need to hold them accountable. The airport is not an economic development tool, and I don’t want the council to fund the airport authority with no accountability.”
Landers said each councilman who voted in favor of creating the airport authority should be ashamed.
“All I asked for was accountability, and you kicked the can down the road,” he said.
Hogan said he recommends anyone interested in the matter to refer to Monday night’s work session for further information.
“We had the chairman of the airport authority in Headland, Ala., up here to speak about what benefits an airport authority can provide,” he said.
At Monday’s work session, Jim Tucker, chairman of the Headland airport authority, said the advantage to having an authority is the airport will have a dedicated group of people overseeing it and they can jump in when grants are available.
“Airport development equals industrial development,” he said. “You have a great situation, but it could be better if you work together.”
Tucker said potential funding sources come from property rental for crops, rental of buildings and rental of hangars.
He said it took Headland's airport authority about 10 years to become self-sufficient.
Carden said he voted against forming an airport authority because he felt it was not in the best interests of the city.
In other matters Wednesday, the council:
O Approved a restaurant retail liquor license for Hai An Wang, director of Sylacauga Hibachi Sushi Buffet Inc. at 41191 U.S. 280.
O Approved rezoning approximately 36 acres of property owned by Thomas and Patricia Bivin located near the intersection of U.S. 280 and Alabama 21 from R-1 to B-4 to accommodate an assisted living facility for senior disabled veterans.
O Approved a resolution granting a special use permit to Sprint to modify equipment on the existing self-support communications tower at 596 Sorrell Road.
O Approved a resolution declaring SPD Badge #221 and SPD service weapon Glock 22 S/N WDN584 as surplus property and authorizing the transfer of said items to Officer Willie Kidd upon his retirement as part of his retirement benefits.
O Accepted the FY 2013 annual audit as prepared by the accounting firm of Machen, McChesney & Chastain LLP.
O Accepted a sponsorship contribution of $1,500 from Talladega County Commissioner Greg Atkinson to donate to SAFE Family Services Center in support of its back-to-school supply drive for students.
O Approved a request from Braxton Carpenter, Leon Carpenter and Scott Carpenter for permission to sell fruits and vegetables from their vehicles in various areas of town including residential areas. The action applies to the 2014 business license period only and does not authorize parking on the right-of-ways or any other public area for extended periods of time, blocking any right-of-way or selling while the farmer’s market is underway.
O Reappointed Mickey Orton to a three-year term on the Historical Commission.
O Reappointed Gloria Owens to a three-year term on the Historical Commission.
O Appointed Ed Croyle to a three-year term on the Board of Adjustments & Appeals.
O Authorized refund of a fine overpayment from the municipal court.
O Approved expenses for municipal court magistrates Krissy King and Amber Johns to attend the 2014 AMCCMA Annual Conference in Orange Beach Sept. 17-21. Registration fee is $325 each and additional cost of lodging, meals and mileage will be incurred. Expenses will be paid from the Court Administrative Fund.
O Approved expenses for municipal court clerk Ken Sisk and assistant court clerk Robin Smith to attend the Current Issues Involving Municipal Court Practice & Procedure training in Hoover on Aug. 22. Registration fee is $325 each and additional cost of mileage will be incurred. Expenses will be paid from the Court Administrative Fund.
O Approved expenses for city prosecutor Dale Price to attend the Fall Municipal Law Conference in Orange Beach Sept. 25-27. Registration fee is $220 and additional cost of lodging and meals will be incurred. Expenses will be paid from the Court Training Fund.
O Approved expenses for city attorney Win Livingston to attend the Fall Municipal Law Conference in Orange Beach Sept. 25-27. Registration fee is $190 and additional cost of lodging, meals and mileage will be incurred.
O Approved expenses for police officer Kelly White to attend the Mexican Cartels & Their Violence training to be held in Meridian, Miss. Aug. 19-21. There is no registration fee but additional cost of meals and fuel will be incurred.
O Approved expenses for police Lt. Willis Whatley and police records clerk Kassey Epperson to attend the Crime Stats & UCR/NIBRS for the Police Executive training held at the Birmingham Police Academy Aug. 27. Registration fee is $145 each and additional cost of meals will be incurred.
O Approved expenses for police Sgt. Matt Emlich and officer Adam Grantham to attend the Field Training Officer Leadership Seminar to be held in Birmingham Aug. 15. Registration fee is $99 each and additional costs of meals will be incurred.
O Approved expenses for firefighter Sam Ogilvie to attend the RT: Rope 1/Train the Trainer Course to be held at the Alabama Fire College in Tuscaloosa Aug 18-22. No registration fee but additional cost of meals will be incurred.
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