Regular Session Minutes of the
Council of the City of Dora, Alabama
March 23, 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 Gary Thomas. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Stephens.
The meeting was called to order by Mayor Stephens. Roll call was taken by Stacy Turner. Present at the meeting were David Box, George Sides, Jr., Chris Edwards, Randy Spears, Gary Thomas and Mayor Stephens were present. Norman Holt and Hezikiah Walker, Jr. were absent. A quorum was in attendance.
Item#5- Approval of Minutes- The minutes of the March 9, 2023 were reviewed. A motion was made by Chris Edwards to accept the minutes as written. The motion was seconded by Gary Thomas. All in favor and the motion carried.
Item #6 – Old Business –We are still awaiting more bids for the Handicap Concrete Sidewalk Project for the playground.
Item #7— Bill List – A motion was made by Randy Spears to approve the bill lists dated March 21, 2023. Motion was seconded by David Box. All in favor and the motion carried.
Item #8 –Walking Trail Street Light Crest Drive and Sellers Road– Randy Spears made a motion to approve Alabama Power to add a streetlight to the existing service pole at the parking lot that leads to the walking trail on Sellers Road and Crest Drive. Chris Edwards seconded the motion. All in favor and the motion carried.
Item #9 – Walker County Board of Equalization Nominee–The City of Dora may nominate one qualified resident of the city to the Walker County Board of Equalization. At this time, there is no one that the City of Dora Council would like to nominate to this board.
Item #10-Park Building Proposals– Chase Gant presented two proposals for an indoor batting facility and basketball practice facility for the park. The first quote received from Roof Mart Metal Buildings was for $141,490 for a 60×100 enclosed building. The second quote from Dunn Building was for $185,000.00 for a 40x60x16 maintenance building. The specifications on the building were not comparable. David Box made a motion to table this item until plans are drawn, and comparable bids are received. Gary Thomas seconded the motion. All in favor and the motion was tabled.
Item #11-Golf Course Equipment Purchase – Don Cummings presented two quotes for a piece of equipment for the golf course. The golf course would be able to use it to cut around the lake, cut cart paths, move sand and sod. The equipment is on tracks and won’t damage the golf course like a tractor would. The first quote is from Jam Construction for $46,250 for a used 2014 John Deere Skid Steer with a brush cutter attachment, pallet forks and grapple bucket. The second quote is from TriGreen Equipment, LLC for a new John Deere track loader with rotary cutter, scrap grapple and pallet forks for $208,103.44. The golf course has to rent this piece of equipment to cut the area around the lake which costs $6500 each time and to move sod off pallets for $400/day. The street department would also be able to use the equipment. Chris Edwards made a motion to purchase the used 2014 John Deere Skid Steer for $46,250 minus the $800 rental fee only if the item does not have to be bid on following the rules of competitive bid law. The golf course would pay 75% of the purchase price and the city would pay 25% of the purchase. All in favor and the motion passed. Roll Call Vote: David Box-Yes; Randy Spears-Yes; Gary Thomas-Yes; Mayor Stephens-Yes; Chris Edwards-Yes; George Sides, Jr.-Yes. Yes-6. All in favor and the motion carried.
Item #12-Executive Session- Chris Edwards made the motion to enter executive session to discuss a pending settlement agreement with Avenu and AJ’s Good Spirit. Randy Spears seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: Gary Thomas-Yes; Mayor Stephens-Yes; David Box-Yes; Chris Edwards-Yes; George Sides, Jr.-Yes; Randy Spears-Yes. Yes-6. All in favor and the motion carried to enter executive session.
Chris Edwards made the motion to return to regular session. Gary Thomas seconded the motion. All in favor and the motion carried. The council returned to open meeting.
Randy Spears made a motion to accept a settlement offer regarding AJ’s Good Spirt and Avenu on behalf of the City of Dora. Gary Thomas seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: David Box-Yes; George Sides, Jr.- Yes; Mayor Stephens-Yes; Chris Edwards-Yes; Randy Spears-Yes; Gary Thomas-Yes; Yes-6. The motion carried.
Chris Edwards made the motion to adjourn the meeting. Randy Spears seconded the motion. All in favor and meeting was adjourned.