SYLACAUGA -- The City Council held an executive session this week to discuss a retail development on U.S. 280.
The discussion was held during a work session Tuesday afternoon.
All five council members, Mayor Jim Heigl, city attorney Edwin Livingston and a developer met for approximately 30 minutes before the regularly scheduled council meeting.
Council President Lee Perryman said the discussion involved a matter of trade or commerce in which the council is or may be in competition with private individuals or entities.
Livingston said it was his opinion that the council should pass a motion allowing for the executive session for that reason.
The previous council used executive sessions similar to this one when discussing the U.S. 280 property where Hobby Lobby, T.J. Maxx, PetSense and Chick-Fil-A are located.
No information was provided on where the retail development may be on U.S. 280. There is a large parcel of land across the highway from Marble City Square.
Also, a second executive session was held with the city attorney to discuss legal options and legal ramifications, and controversies being litigated.
In other business, the council:
Approved an agreement with the East Alabama Planning & Development Commission on funding for a grant for public transportation;
Authorized a merchant agreement with GovPayNet for onsite and online credit/debit card processing of payments due the city, with the cost of services provided to be passed on to the customer;
Approved the purchase of a heated asphalt distributor from SealMaster/Alabama at a cost of $14,999 and agreed to purchase an used Hamm HD 12 Roller from Robert Ingram Equipment for $9,600; both to be paid from capital improvement reserve funds;
Appointed Amelia Wilson and Robert Buyher to the Zoning Board of Adjustment for three-year terms;
Authorized payment of ongoing monthly utility charges for a new Sylacauga Utilities Board account for the irrigation system at the Babe Ruth Complex;
Approved training expenses for up to nine individuals to attend two-day certification training at City Hall in June, with a registration fee of $636 for each person;
Approved training expenses for up to eight individuals to attend one-day recertification training at City Hall in August, with a registration fee of $199 each;
Authorized payments of $383,821.53 for payrolls for April;
Authorized payments of $163,761.33 for accounts payable for April;
Approved a resolution authorizing the city clerk/treasurer to open a bank account for the city Municipal Court Judicial Administrative Fund, with an initial transfer and deposit of $77,122.03; and
Amended prior council action taken April 3 by modifying the amount of a pay increase for interim Fire Department lieutenants from 5 percent to a one step increase, per request of fire Chief Adam Gardner.