City Council

City Council postpones budget approval until October

Shown at the Sept. 22 meeting of the Fayette City Council, from left: Councilmen Jerry Nichols, Jason Cowart, Cedric Wilson and Eddy Campbell. Not pictured, but also present, were Mayor Ray Nelson and Councilwoman Linda McCraw.

The Fayette City Council announced at its Sept. 22 meeting that it is postponing its budget approval until the council’s first meeting in October. Councilman Eddy Campbell said that there were some “unforseen circumstances” that occurred that prevented the budget being ready for approval at the Sept. 22 meeting.


Fayette City Council discusses new wastewater dumping site

Pictured at the Sept. 8 Fayette City Council meeting are, from left: Councilman Jerry Nichols, Councilman Jason Cowart and Councilman Cedric Wilson. Also present for the meeting but not pictured were Councilman Eddy Campbell, Councilwoman Linda McCraw and Mayor Ray Nelson.

The Fayette City Council discussed the new designated dumping site for wastewater during its Sept. 8 city council meeting. All council members were present for the meeting. The council recently changed the sites allowed for wastewater dumping to a central site located in the northern portion of the city. According to John Dill, manager of the wastewater department, the site was chosen to reduce the harmful impact on the city’s wastewater pumps to a minimal amount.


Fayette City Council certifies election results

The Fayette City Council is shown at its Sept. 1 meeting that was called to certify the election. Shown from left: Councilman Cedric Wilson (sitting in chair at far left), Councilman Jerry Nichols, Councilman Jason Cowart, Mayor Ray Nelson, City Clerk Dawn Clapp, Councilwoman Linda McCraw and Councilman Eddy Campbell.

The Fayette City Council met in a special called meeting at noon on Tuesday Sept. 1 to add the legitimate provisional ballots cast during the Aug. 25 primary and to certify the election results. All council members and Mayor Ray Nelson were present for the meeting. There were 11 provisional ballots counted in the final results of the Fayette municipal election, and four provisional ballots cast were ruled ineligible to be counted. Sherry Settle represented the Fayette County Board of Registrars at the meeting.


Council approves new hangers for airport

Sam Sider (left), a student at UAB, has been serving an internship this summer with Fayette Mayor Ray Nelson (right) at the Fayette City Hall.

The Fayette City Council approved the building of new airport hangers during its Aug. 11 meeting. Councilwoman Linda McCraw was absent from the meeting. A proposal from Northwest Bama Builders was submitted to the council to build the hangers at a cost of $20,650. This was the lowest estimate received for the project. Airport manager Kip Madison said that there is a waiting list for hangers at the airport, and said that this appears to be a good time to build the additional hangers.

Fayette City Council holds special called meeting

The Fayette City Council held a special called meeting on Monday, Aug. 10 to appoint poll workers for the upcoming municipal election. Councilman Jason Cowart and Councilwoman Linda McCraw were absent from the meeting. The council had previously appointed poll workers at an earlier meeting, but replacement workers had to be selected to replace the ones that would no longer be serving. The poll workers approved for the Fayette municipal election are: Electronic Machine Coordinator, Billy Joe Howton; Chief Inspector, Barry Lowe; Inspector, Dottie Brasher; and Chief Clerk, Anita Morris.

Fayette City Council approves benefit change

Shown at the July 14 Fayette City Council meeting, from left: Councilman Jason Cowart, Councilman Cedric Wilson and Mayor Ray Nelson.

The Fayette City Council approved a change in benefits that will allow Tier II employees to receive  the same benefits as Tier I employees at retirement. Councilwoman Linda McCraw was absent, with all other council members present. Tier II employees were hired on or after Jan. 1, 2013, and most of the employees perform the same tasks that Tier 1 employees perform. Tier II employees have to pay a higher percentage into the retirement system and normally receive a lower retirement benefit.

Fayette approves tax abatements for Dal-Tile expansion

Shown social distancing at the June 9 Fayette City Council meeting are Fayette Mayor Ray Nelson (left) and Councilman Eddy Campbell.

The City of Fayette approved a sales and use tax abatement for Dal-Tile during its June 9 meeting. All council members were present for the meeting. The abatements were approved due to the company’s recently announced $2 million dollar addition and expansion of its Fayette facility. Last month, Dal-Tile announced that it is closing its Lewisport, Kent. facility, which makes a product similar to the tile produced at the Fayette plant.

Council approves design phase for airport apron

Kip Madison, airport manager for Richard Arthur Field in Fayette, is shown addressing the Fayette City Council during the May 12 council meeting concerning the condition of the airport apron. Also pictured is Natalie Hobbs, senior airport engineer and consultant.

The Fayette City Council unanimously approved a motion at its May 12 meeting to proceed with the design phase to ultimately resurface the airport apron at Richard Arthur Field. Councilman Jason Cowart was absent from the meeting, with all other council members in attendance. Natalie Hobbs, senior airport engineer with Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, told the council that the Airport Improvement Grant available this year for the project would be 100 percent funded due to the provisions of the recently passed Cares Act.

Council considers speed bumps

Shown at the April 14 meeting of the Fayette City Council practicing social distancing and wearing a protective face cover is Scott Gravlee. Gravlee attended the meeting to stream the session live on the internet.

The Fayette City Council discussed placing two speed bumps in residential areas of town during its April 14 meeting. One of the speed bumps would be located on 9th Street NW and another on the adjoining 2nd Avenue NW. All council members were in attendance for the meeting. Councilman Cedric Wilson said that residents in the area have petitioned for the speed bumps since there are several children residing in the area. Wilson said that two children were almost hit by vehicles a few weeks ago.

City Council discusses COVID-19 precautions

The Fayette City Council held a work session on March 31 to discuss the city’s financial stability and actions during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. All council members were in attendance for the meeting. Prior to the council’s discussion of finances, an emergency situation was declared concerning one of the city’s pumps at the wastewater treatment facility. John Dill, manager of the wastewater treatment plant, told the council that one of the facility’s intermediate pumps had worn out and had to be replaced.