City recognizes employees; Royal Technologies tax abatement adjusted


Cullman Police Chief Kenny Culpepper, CPD Office Manager Debbie James and Cullman City Councilman Andy Page at Monday night’s Cullman City Council meeting (Christy Perry for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN – Debbie James, at Monday night’s Cullman City Council meeting, was recognized for five years of service with the Cullman Police Department. James, the office manager for the CPD’s investigation division, was presented a pin and thanked by Chief Kenny Culpepper for her years of service and excellent work. 

Councilman Clint Hollingsworth recognized Cullman Parks, Recreation, and Sports Tourism Executive Director Nathan Anderson for this year’s successful Christmas in Cullman Parade and Tree-Lighting. Anderson said he was pleased by the number of people who braved the rain and enjoyed the festivities.

Anderson also updated the council on the 24 hours/seven days per week fitness option coming soon to the Cullman Wellness & Aquatic Center, sharing, “This is something we have wanted to do for a long time, especially for the three-shift systems. Those who haven’t been able to come during our normal hours will now have access to work out.”

The council set a public hearing for Jan. 14, 2019 at 7 p.m. for Ordinance No. 2019-07 to amend the Code of Ordinances Chapter 62 Section 193 regarding permitted uses under zoning regulations.

The following resolutions were approved:

–Resolution No. 2019-22 to approve the 2019 Cullman City Council meeting schedule.

–Resolution No. 2019-23 to award the bid for the Sanitation Department facility on Convent Road to the lowest responsible bidder, C.H. Harris, Inc., in the amount of $349,285, significantly below the $500,000 originally budgeted for the project. 

–Resolution No. 2019-24 to amend a tax abatement for the expansion of Royal Technologies. The company previously listed the capital investment figure at $14 million but has since increased the amount to approximately $19 million. 

–Resolution No. 2019-25 to enter into a contract with Sain Associates for traffic engineering at First Avenue and Second Street Southeast. The contract is for one year, not to exceed $13,600.

Nesmith Park

The council agreed to  postpone the vote on Resolution No. 2019-26, to apply and commit local matching funds for the Nesmith Park Renovations Project, until the next meeting. Mayor Woody Jacobs said the council wanted another week to make sure all of the requirements for the grant were met.

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