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City Hall plans Dec. 9 move

Published 2:02am Thursday, November 14, 2013

The halls of Dadeville city government will move down the road in early December, as the city council set Dec. 9 as the date operations will move to the former McKelvey Chevrolet showroom at the corner of Broadnax and Green Street.

“If things go according to plan, on Monday Dec. 9 we’ll close this building and move into the new City Hall,” said city clerk Mike Gardner, who presented a detailed plan of action for transporting all necessary items and utilities four blocks up the road. “Then we’ll hit the ground running Tuesday morning in the new place.”

The contractor charged with transforming the former Chevy showroom into a council meeting hall and city offices said the project should be done Nov. 27. The move has to wait until after the end of November, due to Thanksgiving, and after beginning of December when various city business takes place.

“Then things get busy again on the 15th,” Gardner said. “If we don’t make it by that week of the ninth, we’re going to have to wait until January.”

Gardner said he has already spoken with the phone and power companies. The contractor is finishing up with the council’s new meeting area, which will place members at a raised, curved table facing the public.

The first council meeting of December is on the first day in the new City Hall, Dec. 10.

“”If we’re in, we will have a meeting there, whether you have a place to sit or not,” Gardner said.

A change made necessary by the move is to make West Green Street, which runs by the newly constructed drive-through window, a one-way street. West Green will only flow easterly from Tallassee Street to Broadnax, putting the drive-through on motorists drivers’ side.

Councilman Mickey Tarpley moved to suspend the rules to consider the ordinance without the customary first and second reading. The motion to approve the ordinance passed unanimously.

In other business, the Dadeville City Council:

n Decided to table the long-running effort to update the city’s 1958 “dog ordinance.” Councilman Randy Foster said there was simply not enough money in the budget for a modern animal control ordinance, which would require a certified animal control officer, dedicated holding area for detained pets and other expensive infrastructure.

“Looking at the budget, we don’t have enough money to have a dog ordinance,” Foster said, adding his estimated cost was around $100,000 a year to operate one.

The push for a new ordinance to control “vicious dogs” began April 11, when a resident told the council he’d been attacked by four “pitbull mixes” while walking his dog. He and the dog both sustained injuries, the citizen said, and even chased him home and scratched to get in his front door.

The effort was simply tabled, though, at the urging of city attorney Robin Reynolds, so that the animal control effort can be taken up again if a funding source is identified.