Council Minutes – 10/26/23

Regular Session Minutes of the
Council of the City of Dora, Alabama
October 26, 2023

The Council of the City of Dora, Alabama met in the Dora Municipal Building at 6:00 p.m. We
were led in prayer by Mayor Pro-Tem Norman Holt. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor
Pro-Tem Norman Holt.

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Pro-Tem Norman Holt. Roll call was taken by Stacy
Turner. Present at the meeting were David Box, Norman Holt, Chris Edwards, George Sides, Jr.,
Randy Spears, Gary Thomas and Hezikiah Walker, Jr. Mayor Stephens was absent. A quorum
was in attendance.

Item#5- Approval of Minutes- The minutes of the October 12, 2023 were reviewed. A motion
was made by George Sides, Jr. to accept the minutes as written. The motion was seconded by David Box. All in favor and the motion carried.

Item #6 – Old Business – Brush Pickup Update-Norman Holt related that Brian’s Tree Removal has been able to pick up all work orders given during the month with the exception of one month. Norman Holt said he would speak with him regarding picking up orders twice a month. Walker County Animal Shelter Update-Randy Spears spoke to Steven Aderholt regarding the Walker County Animal Shelter. The shelter has recently signed a contract with an outside agency to take over the animal shelter. At this time, there are no local animal shelters where animals can be taken to enforce our canine control ordinance.

Council Chambers Furniture Options-Stacy Turner presented options for new conference
room tables and lectern options. At this time, it was decided to replace the tablecloths on the existing tables. Don Cummings related he had a lectern in the conference room at the golf course that is not used that we could use before we decide which style to purchase.

Christmas Lighting Update-The estimates for the Christmas lighting and Christmas tree were reviewed and the quotes are over the approved $8,000 (eight thousand and no/100) budget because the estimates do not include labor and lift rental. An estimate will be provided for the cost of hanging the banners at a later date.

Item #7— Bill List – A motion was made by Randy Spears to approve the bill lists dated
October 24, 2023. Motion was seconded by Chris Edwards. All in favor and the motion carried.

Item #8 –Dora Diamond Club Sign–Randy Spears made a motion to renew our sign for the
Dora High School Diamond Club for $150 (one hundred fifty and no/100). Motion was seconded by Gary Thomas. All in favor and the motion carried.

Item #9-November and December Council Meetings- Chris Edwards made a motion to have
one council meeting in the month of November on Thursday, November 16 due to the
Thanksgiving Holidays. In the month of December, the meeting dates would be moved to the
first and third Thursday of the month on Thursday December 7 and December 21 due to East
Walker Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade and the Christmas Holidays. Gary Thomas
seconded the motion. All in favor and the motion carried.

Item #10 – 628 Sharon Blvd Rental Property- A discussion was had regarding a rental property that has been vacated and the property management company has cleaned out the contents of the house and left all the household items including clothing and furniture by the roadside. Chief Hall has spoken to the property management company and told them a citation would be issued if the trash was not picked up by Monday October 30, 2023. If the trash has not been picked up by Monday October 30, 2023, the citation will be issued that day and then the street department will pick it all up if not picked up by Friday November 3, 2023.

Item #11-Glover Road Closure- Chris Edwards made a motion for the City to purchase the pipe needed to repair Glover Road and accept Tommy Freeman’s quote for repairs for $19,650 (nineteen thousand six hundred fifty and no/100). There will also be a charge for limestone that is $950 (nine hundred fifty and no/100) per load and Rip Rap Class II $1,100 (one thousand one hundred) per load. David Box seconded the motion. All in favor and the motion carried.

Item #12-Horse Creek Golf Course-New House Construction- Don Cummings relates there is
a new home being built on the golf course beside Hole #2 and he is concerned about liability issues with golf balls hitting the house. Don Cummings discussed changing the hole to a par four that would alleviate any issues in this area because a net would not eliminate the potential for issues. Randy Spears suggested we contact the City Attorney Jim Brakefield regarding who would be liable if the construction workers, homeowners and/or home gets hit with golf balls.

Item #13-Mayor Stephens Letter of Resignation-Chris Edwards made a motion to accept
Mayor Randy Stephens letter of resignation effective November 30, 2023. David Box seconded the motion. All in favor and the motion carried. Norman Holt and Hezikiah Walker, Jr. expressed an interest in serving as Mayor for the duration of the current term. A discussion was held regarding the details of electing a new Mayor and a new Council member.

Item #14-Adjourn-Chris Edwards made a motion to adjourn the meeting. David Box seconded the motion. All in favor and meeting was adjourned.