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Council divided on waivers

Published 10:30am Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The city council got its meeting kicked off Tuesday with a public hearing on the city’s solid waste management plan.
While no citizens addressed the council, city engineer Gerard Brewer spoke to those in attendance.
Brewer said the solid waste management plan is required every 10 years by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management.
“Basically, it lays out the way we will manage our waste for the next 10 years,” Brewer said. “It is basically a continuation of what we are doing now. One of the main conclusions of the plan is that in five years we will start needing a landfill.”
After a request to waive business licenses for an upcoming Kiwanis Club circus was read, District 6 Councilman Tony Goss addressed the crowd prior to the vote.
“I am really torn on this idea of waiving the fees,” Goss said. “I hate to do that, but I run my position on the council from a financial standpoint.”
Goss continued, adding that the city is in a budget crunch.
“We are not filling new positions; we need to asphalt these streets so bad it is pitiful,” Goss said. “We have lost employees, cut programs and are looking at increasing sales tax to increase revenue. This isn’t a lot of money we are talking about here, but it is the people’s money, and I feel awful about voting for that.”
The request from the Kiwanis Club was approved, but Goss voted down the measure. Two other requests were also on the agenda – one requesting business licenses be waived for vendors at the 33rd Oktoberfest and one asking for licenses to be waived for the Alexander City Methodist Church Holiday Market.
Both measures were approved, again with Goss voting no to the requests.
In other business the council:
Approved a resolution for all city departments to continue to operate under 2012/2013 budgets
Approved a request from Sistas for a Cause to hold a walk on Oct. 5
Approved a request from Alexander City First United Methodist Church to hold a Jingle for Tots 5K/10K and 1 mile fun run Dec. 14