Cullman City Council appoints two new members to city’s planning commission

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Cullman Mayor Woody Jacobs and council serenade Hannah Jacobs on her birthday (Amy Leonard for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman City Council met on Monday evening at city hall where Michael Sullins and Blake Bright were appointed to the City of Cullman Planning Commission to fill the vacancies left by Barret Richard, who has moved into the county, making him ineligible to serve, and Brad Smith, who had to vacate his position to serve on the city council.

Mayor Woody Jacobs said of the appointments, “We are very proud to have two engineers join us on the Planning Commission whose role is of vital importance in the future of Cullman. These two gentlemen are well qualified, and we expect good things from them.”

Newly appointed Planning Commission member Michael Sullins shared, “I’m very honored and very humbled that I have received this appointment on the Cullman Planning Commission. My family has been a part of this community since 1873 when Cullman was founded.

“I’ve had many family members who have served in different capacities, and this is such a huge honor to follow not just in their footsteps but also in the footsteps of all the folks who have made Cullman the wonderful city it is today.”

City of Cullman’s first daughter, Hannah Jacobs, daughter of Mayor Woody Jacobs, was recognized for her birthday. The engaging young woman stood by her proud father’s side as he presented her with a bouquet and attendees sang to “Happy Birthday” to her.

The council has moved the next meeting from July 11 to July 7 for the Ordinances 2022-20 and 2022-21 public hearings looking to rezone property on 3rd Avenue SE to Cullman Business District and to rezone property on 8th Street NE and Main Avenue NE to B2 to ready for the new Monograms Plus shopping center.

Council member Johnny Cook announced that the Sanitation Department received a grant in the amount of $154,000 to be used for a cardboard recycling center on Convent Road.

Sadly, Cullman County Museum Director and son of former Cullman Mayor Don Green, Drew Green, sent word that Mayor Green is not well and is expected to pass in the coming days. Mayor Jacobs has asked for prayers of comfort for the Green family.

Cullman Mayor Woody Jacobs presents flag to VFW representatives Brian Monk and William Carter (Amy Leonard for The Cullman Tribune)

Cullman VFW Post representatives William Carter and Brian Monk accepted a flag on behalf of the city who donates 50 new flags each year to the organization. The old flags will be replaced on Thursday of this week in preparation for the 4th of July.

Monk thanked the council saying, “We couldn’t do this without y’all and the great city police officers who make sure we’re safe.”

Resolution No. 2022-76 passed, awarding Site Masters Construction, Inc. the Cullman Primary School new access driveway job in the amount of $946,075.34, which was the lowest bid. The new drive will provide a second access road to allow better traffic flow to and from the school upon completion.

In other business, the following resolutions and ordinances were approved:

  • Resolution No. 2022-77 to enter into an agreement with the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce to promote tourism in Cullman.
  • Resolution No. 2022-78 to award the bid for resurfacing treatment to the lowest responsible bidder, Wiregrass Construction Co., Inc.
  • Ordinance No. 2022-20 to amend the requirements of streets in subdivisions in the City of Cullman.
  • Ordinance No. 2022-21 to amend the pyrotechnics definition in the Code of Ordinances.
  • Resolution No. 2022-79 to apply for a fiscal year 2023 TAP grant for handicapped accessible sidewalks along 4th Avenue SW from Highway 278 to 4th Street SW and along 4th Street SW to the intersection of 5th Avenue SW.
  • Resolution No. 2022-80 to amend the airport by-laws to stagger the terms of the airport board members.

The next meeting will be held on Thursday, July 7 at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall. The public is encouraged to attend.

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