Mountain Brook City Council, at its regular meeting on June 14, adopted two points related to road safety, appointed a board of directors, approved a liquor license for a new restaurant in Crestline and accepted to pay the city’s annual deposit into the trust fund which provides health insurance for retirees.
The board approved the following:
- Installation of a flashing pedestrian sign on Montevallo Road at Glencoe Drive. Stone & Sons Electrical Contractors will do the work for about $ 16,400, according to Richard Caudle of Skipper Consulting. Caudle said his initial cost estimate for the project was around $ 9,000, but he couldn’t find an offer lower than that submitted by Stone & Sons. Some council members expressed concern about the cost, but said the project was necessary for safety reasons.
- An agreement between the city and Skipper Consulting to conduct a traffic study of the new English Village Entertainment District. Several residents of the neighborhood have recently expressed concerns that the new neighborhood could have a negative impact on traffic. Skipper will review entertainment districts comparable to Vestavia Hills; collect data, including information on accidents that have occurred in the village over the past five years; analyze data, including estimates of any increase in vehicle and pedestrian activity; and submit a final report.
- A resolution authorizing the city to withdraw $ 300,000 from its general fund and invest the money in the city’s Section 115 Trust for Retiree Medical Insurance. The deposit will be made in three installments between June 15 and September 15. The city typically makes this deposit annually, but has reduced the trust deposit for 2020 and has not included a deposit in its 2021 budget due to the city’s financial uncertainty during the COVID -19 pandemic. However, based on the results of the general fund through May 2021, it seems certain that the city will exceed its budget surplus and can safely resume the deposit of $ 300,000, according to the council’s agenda.
- Appointed William Galloway, communications director for the Mountain Brook School Board, to the town’s editorial board. Members of the editorial board publish “The Reporter,” the city’s quarterly newsletter. Galloway replaces Sam Chandler, who was also Galloway’s predecessor as MBS communications director. A native of Mountain Brook, Galloway graduated from Mountain Brook High School in 2017, received a sports media degree in April from the University of Alabama, and took up his post at MBS in May.
- A resolution recommending that the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board issue a restaurant retail alcohol license to Slims Pizza and Bar LLC, which does business as Slims Pizzeria and is located in Crestwood Village. In December, council voted to approve a conditional use allowing operators, including Miller Mobley, to provide lunchtime food service at the restaurant, located at 65 Church Street.
RETURN IN PERSON
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, board meetings have been broadcast on Zoom.
However, as they have been doing since April 26, council members met in person at City Hall for the June 14 meeting. They were joined in the council chamber by several residents of Mountain Brook.
The next scheduled council meeting will be Monday, June 28 at 7 p.m.