Council approves resolution asking legislature to allow vote on Sunday liquor sales
by Chris Norwood
TALLADEGA — The City Council voted 4-0 Monday night to approve a resolution asking the state legislature to let citizens of Talladega County vote on Sunday liquor sales. The cities of Lincoln and Sylacauga are expected to pass similar resolutions later in the week.

The mayors of the three cities, along with Talladega City Manager Brian Muenger, met with The Daily Home Friday to announce the resolutions. Allowing Sunday liquor sales would create some additional revenue in lean times, and would be helpful in recruiting more national chain restaurants to the area. Pell City, Anniston and Oxford are considering similar moves.

Councilman Ricky Simpson made the motion for the resolution, and Councilman Horace Patterson seconded it.

The vote was 4-0 because Councilman Joe Ballow abstained. After the meeting, Ballow said he didn’t really want to elaborate on his reasons. “It’s just my opinion,” he said.

During the same meeting, the council also heard from Talladega College’s general counsel Chad Woodruff. On behalf of the board of trustees, Woodruff asked the council to remove the school’s local designation as a historical place in the city. It would still appear on the state and national historic registers, however.

Woodruff said the school had numerous ongoing renovation projects, and that anything involving “more than changing a light bulb” required a certificate of appropriateness from the city’s Historic Preservation Commission. The situation was simply not feasible, he said.

The council took no action. The college must first go before the Planning and Zoning Commission, which must make a recommendation to the city council. Public hearings will also be required. Patterson, whose district includes the college, recommended approaching the Historic Preservation Commission as well.

Also Monday, the council:

• Heard a complaint about the rumble strips on Alabama 77 from a man who lives nearby.

• Saw Mayor Larry Barton give a proclamation to Talladega High School athletic director and basketball coach Chucky Miller, who recently won his 600th game.

• Saw Jimmy Davis sworn in as the newest member of the Library Board.

• Heard Council President Donnie Miller remind the council that financial disclosure forms are due April 30.

• Approved changes to the city’s sign ordinance.

• Approved a contract with Alexander Construction of Munford for sidewalk restoration at $7.25 per square foot.

• Approved a contract with Vulcan Heating and Cooling for $14,405 for HVAC maintenance at 19 facilities owned by the city.

• Approved a performance contract with Trane for a maximum cost of $854,000 to locate efficiencies and improved technology for the city’s energy consumption. The city will not pay any money up front. Trane will get their money from the guaranteed savings generated by the city.

• Approved a contract with Johny Vetra Auction Company to sell confiscated guns to federally licensed gun dealers. This will be a joint venture of the Talladega Police Department and the Talladega County Sheriff’s Office.

• Approved $220 travel expense for a police officer to attend a certification training program in South Carolina.

• Approved a maximum of $1,500 to cover the travel expenses for a 10 and under Recreation Department basketball team playing a tournament in Gadsden.

• Approved hiring an existing employee for a position at the water plant.

• Announced the next electronic recycling day will be March 23.

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