New City Council representative Marcus Huskey
The Homewood City Council appointed Marcus Huskey to its Ward 1, Place 1 seat at a specially called June 3 meeting. He will be sworn in on June 11.
Huskey replaced Anthony Smith, who resigned from this position after he moved to a different ward earlier this year.
Huskey currently serves as Chief of Staff for Jefferson County Commissioner Joe Knight and is a student at Birmingham School of Law.
“He has a lot of knowledge of regional issues with his position with Jefferson County and brings his strengths with organizational skills and procedures, federal grants, and how rep governments should be,” said Hunter Payne, Ward 4, Place 1 representative.
A 2006 graduate of Samford University, Huskey worked for members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the White House in Washington, DC before moving back to a house on Dale Avenue in Ward 1 in 2010.
Huskey is the fourth councilperson to be appointed in the 2008 class. Elections for city council will be held August 28.
By CRAIG KLEIMEYER
New city council measures will help maintain Homewood as Alabama’s most walkable city, as it was ranked according to Walk Score in 2011.
The Homewood City Council approved a list of nine areas for sidewalk building and repairs on April 23. The city has allocated $900,000 for new sidewalks and $100,000 for sidewalk repairs in its 2011-2012 capital improvements budget.
“There is money, and we want to move quickly on the sidewalk projects,” Ward 5 Representative Peter Wright said. “It’s what the residents specifically asked for.”
Four city wards will have two new sidewalk projects each. Ward 5 will receive about $100,000 to improve three existing sidewalks. Continue reading
The new expansion of Patriot Park will begin this March. Photo courtesy of Homewood Parks and Recreation.
By BROOKE BOUCEK
The West Homewood community will have access to expanded recreation facilities at Patriot Park. Construction is scheduled to begin in early March at the corner of Oak Grove Road and Raleigh Avenue.
“It will look like a scaled down version of [Homewood’s] Central Park with similar amenities including pavilions, paved walking paths, restrooms, a large green space with new sod and lighting around the perimeter of the park,” Homewood City Councilman Fred Hawkins said.
Councilmen Vance Moody and Fred Hawkins have been advocating for the park expansion on the city’s agenda and have worked with architecture firm Birchfield Penual and Associates LLC to finalize the plans. Continue reading
City Council Ward 1 Representative Anthony Smith
At last night’s council meeting, Ward 1 City Council representative Anthony Smith has announced his resignation effective Feb. 29 .
“It has been an honor and privilege to represent Ward 1 on the Homewood City Council for the past 7.5 years,” Smith wrote in an email. “However, as most of you know, Shirley and I have been trying to sell our home for several months now. Although we have not yet been able to do so, we went forward with our purchase of a new home last month that is located in Ward 4. We have spent the past few weeks slowly transitioning to our new home. While we have not yet completed that process, we are now closer to the end of it than we are to the beginning.”
Smith encouraged others in Ward 1 to apply for his vacancy. Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to Linda Cook, the City Clerk, at Linda.Cook@homewoodal.org beginning March 1.
A ward map is available on the City of Homewood’s website.
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. Continue reading
By MIA BASS
This meeting began at 6 p.m. with an address concerning Market in May. The second annual Market in May will be held on May 21. By using shopping cards this month, shoppers are entered to win a $500 shopping spree. These cards will be available at all 45 shops participating in the event. All participating shops are denoted with a green bow on the front door and are listed on the Homewood Chamber website. The second annual Farmer’s Market has moved behind City Hall off 29th Avenue for the Market in May. It will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Saturday in the summer.
Public hearings to condemn structures at 1604 Shades Glen Circle and 200 Hall Avenue and to both condemn and demolish structures at 3406 Avalon Road and 2507 19th Street South will be held on May 23 at 6 p.m. 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.
Mayor Scott McBrayer thanked the Homewood community for the large turnout at We Love Homewood Day and for the community’s efforts in assisting those affected by the tornado throughout the state. Hackleberg lost 29 of its 1500 residents in the tornado, and Mayor McBrayer proposed organizing a community trip to assist this small town.
Interested residents will meet at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday May 14 at the Homewood Public Library to travel to Hackleberg together. Everyone will be back by that night.
The next City Council Meeting will be held on Monday May 23 at 6 p.m. at Homewood City Hall, 2850 19th Street South, on the second floor. Meetings are on the second and fourth Monday of every month. Notes and videos from each meeting can be found online at www.homewoodcity.net.
Councilmember Anthony “Tony” Smith
Each month The Homewood Star will feature a different city council member in order of wards. This month we are proud to highlight Anthony “Tony” Smith from Ward 1, Place 1.
Q: Tony, tell us a little bit about your placement on the council and how long you have been serving Ward 1, Place 1.
I have been honored to serve on the City Council for about 6.5 years now. I was elected to the City Council in 2004 and then re-elected in 2008. I am currently serving as the Chairman of the Council’s Public Safety Committee. I am also a member of the Council’s Finance Committee. Continue reading