Homewood City Council Meeting: May 23

By MIA BASS

City Council President Allyn Holladay called this meeting to order at 6 p.m. and recognized Rebecca Smith and her group of several Shades Cahaba fourth and fifth graders. These young boys presented Hands on the Wheel and Off the Phone, which encouraged the council to consider a bill to outlaw texting and driving. The boys said Alabama is second in the county for deaths in texting while driving and recommended making texting and driving illegal.

Following this presentation, approval of the council minutes from May 9 was postponed to June 6. The resolution to condemn and demolish a structure located at 3406 Avalon Road was passed. The owners now have 30 days to take action.

A public hearing will be held on June 13 at 6 p.m. to rezone the following properties: 524, 530, 536, 550, 600, 610, 626, 630 and 634 Lakeshore Drive from Neighborhood Preservation District to I-3 for Samford University. Samford plans to build new residential housing for students in these locations.

A resolution was presented to repaint stripes for speed reduction at the intersection of Saulter Lane and Old Saulter Circle. This was approved and sent to Finance.

The property of 1604 Shades Glen Circle was proposed to be condemned. Mike Higginbotham, president of the Forest Brook Community, said that he believes the owner of this property has moved elsewhere in the state. The property will be secured from vagrants and a letter will be sent to the owner. He will have 90 days to take action.

The structure at 200 Hall Avenue was considered for condemnation. The owners spoke and assured the council the siding has been installed and they have taken measures to secure the property. The owners were granted a 30 day extension to see that appropriate progress will be made. The issue will be revisited on June 27.

2507 19th Street South was passed for condemnation and demolition.

A resolution for the City of Homewood to participate in Alabama’s Sales Tax Holiday on August 5-7 was passed.

In new business, Mandi Heard requested the use of the plaza for the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s 20th Anniversary Kickoff. The event will be held on Tuesday June 21 from 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. This request was passed.

Councilman Patrick McClusky recounted his experiences in speaking with the third graders at Hall-Kent Elementary School and listed the Homewood businesses featured in Birmingham Magazine. The publication cited Homewood as the best neighborhood to raise a family.

In conclusion, it was announced that Highway 280 work is still in progress. An update with engineers will take place on June 14 at Homewood City Hall at 9 a.m. The next city council meeting will be held at Homewood City Hall on June 6 at 6 p.m.

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