David Smith

Fultondale Police Chief David Smith presents the sergeant badge to Kevin Studyvin to signify his recent promotion. 

The Fultondale City Council on Monday night announced that construction will soon begin on the city’s third storm shelter, to be located on Main Street, near Fultondale First Baptist. The property was owned by Jefferson County, but Mayor Jim Lowery said the county deeded the land to the city. The shelter, valued at approximately $1.3 million, will be paid for by a grant. Lowery said the city will be responsible for connecting the facility to the sewer system.

Lowery also said the city is working with a local mobile home park to find a location that would work to place a fourth storm shelter near or on that property to protect those residents.

In other business, the council also:

•presented Sgt. Kevin Studyvin with a badge indicating his new rank of Sgt. and his recent promotion to that rank.

•approved a resolution allowing Lowery to enter into a contract with Martin R. Smith of the Real Estate Partners to list the remaining lot for a restaurant in the Colonial Promenade. The lot is near Wintzells and is currently owned by the city.

•approved a resolution to place a moratorium on the issuance of building permits for any billboards in the city limits for six months. The moratorium is to give the council a chance to review it’s current policies on billboards. The moratorium expires on Nov. 10, 2019.

•approved a resolution to set a final public hearing for a condemned house, located at 5808 32nd Street North for Monday, July 8 at 6 p.m.

•heard from council member and fire fighter Josh Bryant about the weekend flooding that damaged the new retaining wall at Veteran’s Park. The city’s rain gauges show that approximately four inches of rain fell in one hour. As a result, the new retaining wall was damaged and will have to be replaced. The fire department also answered more than 20 calls in a two-hour span related to the rain—from stranded motorists along the interstate to trees down on homes.

Rachel Davis is the editor and general manager of The North Jefferson News. She can be reached at editor@njeffersonnews.com or by calling 205.631.8716. 

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