July 25 City Council Meeting

Liberty Tree Memorial. Mountain Brook has accepted an elm from the Liberty Tree Society to be placed on Vine Street near the Board of Education.

English Village Parking Lots. Police Chief Ted Cook recommends that the lower parking lot change to 24-hour, all day parking. The idea will be considered until the lease is renewed in September.

Retirement Window. The City is considering a retirement window from October 1, 2011 to May 1, 2012 for employees in City service to retire with medical benefits if they have served for 20 years or 10 years and are over age 60.

A sketch of the plan for the new municipal complex. Photo courtesy of Mountain Brook Chamber of Commerce.

Municipal Complex Updates. The complex currently stands at $210,000 over budget. Although the City would prefer to install a slate roof to the structure, it would cost the City an additional $250,000. Brasfield & Gorrie plan to meet with members of the council to discuss alternate options including a synthetic slate.

Sprinkler Ordinance Update. The ordinance that took effect on January 1 of this year required all new-construction homes to include automatic fire sprinkler systems, but the price that was presented when the Council adopted this ordinance and what it actually costs has risen dramatically. For now, there is a 30 day moratorium on the ordinance and the possibility to repeal the ordinance will be discussed next month.

Board of Zoning Adjustment. Carol Johnson was appointed as a supernumerary member of the Board of Zoning Adjustment.

Village Design Review Committee. Bob Walker was nominated for this position, but because he was unable to be there, the nomination was carried over until the next meeting.

Stop Sign on Country Club Blvd. According to the recommendation of the lieutenant, a stop sign will replace the yield sign on Country Club Blvd. where it meets Fairway Drive.

Next Meeting. The next meeting of the Mountain Brook City Council will be on Monday, August 8 at the temporary City Hall, 3928 Montclair Road, Suite 232.

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