By Melanie Patterson
North Jefferson News
AN NJN EDITORIAL —
On Monday, the Gardendale City Council met for the last time at 970 Main Street.
The city last year sold the building to T Investments LLC for $1.85 million, which will build a CVS Pharmacy at the spot.
On Thursday and Friday, the administrative offices will be moved next door to the Gardendale First Baptist Church multi-purpose building, which was formerly the city’s civic center. The city will rent the building from the church for $2,500 a month, which city leaders said will cover the utilities.
Gardendale City Hall will be closed on Thursday and Friday, and will open at the building next door on Monday at 8 a.m., according to Mayor Othell Phillips.
The Gardendale Police Department, which is also in the city hall building, will be open Thursday and is scheduled to be open Friday in its new location at the former Food World grocery store at 1309 Decatur Hwy.
Police Chief Mike Walker said all employees will be on duty and there will be no disruption in police service during the transition.
Plans are for the city to build a new city hall building at the future city center property on Mt. Olive Road next to Gardendale Elementary School. Crews have been completing the sewer system there. The first business, Buffalo Wild Wings, is scheduled to open at the site in coming months.
The city hall building was built in 1955. It is not clear when demolition of the building will begin.
While Monday was the last time the council will meet in the current city hall building, the city said farewell to two people who are retiring from the city: John Brigham, who retired as civic center director, and Stan Hogeland, who retired as the parks and recreation director after being elected to the city council.
The city also said goodbye to four people who will no longer be serving on the council.
Mayor Phillips also gave plaques to Wendell Phillips, who did not run for re-election, and to three council members who lost their re-election bids: Gary Morris, Faith Harper and Peggy Tumlin.
The city council certified the votes from last week’s runoff election between Tumlin and challenger Allen Jerkins. Jerkins received 316 votes and Tumlin received 260.
In other business, the council:
• authorized the withdrawal of $291,517.45 from the Regions Bank line of credit for renovations on the public safety center.
• retired bonds on four apartment complexes for which the city acted as a “conduit” for funding in 2002.
• annexed 437 Michael Drive into the city.
• declared the city holidays and one personal leave day for each full-time employee for 2103.
• hired Jennifer Murrell as a school crossing guard.
The next city council meeting will be held Nov. 5, 6 p.m., at the temporary city hall location at the Gardendale First Baptist Church multi-purpose building.