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Gardendale City Council on Monday approved a measure that will save the city interest on general obligation warrants from 2013, in the amount of $6.5 million. The council will reissue new general obligation warrants at a lower interest rate to replace the old debt.

The council also said the savings will be used to repay other short-term debt and the new warrants will not extend the term of the debt.

In other business, the council also:

•recognized the Public Works Department for assisting with an issue where the Christly parking lot meets the roadway.

•honored Police Lt. Scott Banks for his quick action when a city employee was injured by a mower.

•honored magistrate Bree Dunn and officer Zach Drummond for their work on a DUI case.

•passed a resolution to allow city employees to have July 5 as a city holiday this year.

•approved a change to the zoning ordinance that required proposed Planned Unit Development Districts to have a completed water study done prior to approval. The final plan and study must be completed later in the process now, bringing it in line with other proposed developments in the city.

•surplussed property no longer needed by the city so it can be sold for the development of an Ace Hardware store.

•approved a resolution to rename the portion of Mt. Olive Road that runs in front of the schools to Rocket Way.

•fixed a mowing lien against 900 Pinemeadow Drive in the amount of $296.

•fixed a mowing lien against 360 Pineywoods Road in the amount of $284.

•fixed a mowing lien against 132 Camellia Avenue in the amount of $284.

•fixed a mowing lien against 148 Camellia Avenue in the amount of $227.

•fixed a mowing lien against 1308 Columbia Avenue in the amount of $523.

•fixed a mowing lien against 538 Bradley Avenue in the amount of $285.

•fixed a mowing lien against 443 Johnson Street in the amount of $275.

•fixed a mowing lien against 301 Jackson Circle in the amount of $227.

•fixed a mowing lien against 892 Springmeadow Drive in the amount of $227.

•fixed a mowing lien against 200 Kyle Court in the amount of $275.

•fixed a demolitions lien against 2275 Mt. Olive Road in the amount of $4,212.

•approved hiring a new police officer.

•approved promoting Noah Campbell to skilled laborer in the public works department.

•authorized the installation of a fire hydrant at the new Springhill Suites location.

•hired a new part-time unskilled laborer for the public works department.

•approved a change order on the tree removal project between I-65 and Odum Road, in the amount of $22,027.

•heard from Ronald Cooper of the Longwood homeowners association about concerns the residents have over speeders and potholes.

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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