by Walker County News Today staff
At Tuesday’s regular meet of the Huntsville City Council, in addition to discussion of a proposed RV park, several items were voted on including:
City Election Results
At Tuesday’s meeting the Council officially accepted the results of the recent City election that resulted in the reelection of the Mayor and the four Ward Councilmembers. County Judge Danny Pierce administered the Oaths of Office to Mayor Andy Brauninger and Councilmembers Joe Emmett for Ward 1, Tish Humphrey for Ward 2, Ronald Allen for Ward 3, and Joe Rodriquez for Ward 4. Each of these were elected to two-year terms.
At-Large Councilmember Keith Olson was chosen by the Council to continue as Mayor Pro-Tem. He will serve a one year term until just after the City election next year in which the City’s Four “At-Large” seats will be decided.
Code Of Ordinance Update
The Council has recently been reviewing and updating the City’s Code of Ordinances to make them consistent with recent changes to generally recognized and accepted International Codes. These Codes include the International Building Code (IBC), the International Residential Code (IRC), the International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC), the International Plumbing Code (IPC), the International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC), and the International Mechanical Code (IMC).
Walker County News readers who might be affected by these Code updates can get more information from City Hall.
The Council awarded a $1 Million contract to “Smith and Company” of Huntsville/Conroe for street milling and overlay services on several City Streets. This company was the low bidder, though the specific selection criteria was not discussed.
There are 24 City Streets planned for improvement under this contract including Avenue P, Sycamore, Veterans Memorial, Bobby K. Marks, Old Houston Road, Autumn Road and Southwood Drive to name just a few. A complete list can be obtained from the City.
Other actions taken by Council included routine budget adjustments, officially closing out several completed capital projects, the purchase of police vehicles, providing matching funds for a small bullet-proof vest grant, and purchasing various chemicals for use throughout the City.