Helena Picture of the Day
Today's picture is from Helena's Anything But Gray Designs. It shows the Cahaba lilies is full bloom under the rail bridge at Buck Creek.
The HAA is asking people to come out and support Helena High School at the 5A Region 4 Area Volleyball Tournament hosted at Helena High School. Oct 21,2014
3PM Your Helena Huskies Vs. Central Tuscaloosa
4PM Calera Vs. Jemison
Winner of each game will play in the finals at 5PM. Both teams in the finals will play in Montgomery at the Regional State Tournament this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Let's go Huskies set the standard for the future. Good luck!
City Council Meeting
The City Council met on Monday. I have a scan of my notes if you would like to see a graphics. There was a public pre-council meeting at 5pm followed by a 6pm meeting then a Teen Council meeting.A reminder that theses are just my notes and that the minutes can be obtained by the City Clerk which are the official record of what happened.
JR Adams – Requested to talk about appealing Helena Planning and Zoning denial of a rezone request of Property at 5576 Highway 17 from E3 (Estate) to Special District of the David Stuman Property. The PZ commission did not pass a zoning change and the developer want the City Council to overrule their decision on appeal on the Nov 3rd meeting. JR Adams presented the plan and residents who opposed it at the PZ meetings stated this opposition. Both sides will be returning the first City Council meeting on Nov.3rd.
There is an option in the City Insurance that will all City employee who retire in the future to buy their insurance with the City with no additional cost or liability to the City. The Council voted to temporarily approve for this month and to put on it the next Council agenda for a more permanent ordinance change.
Park and Recreation Budget
The City Council approved the Parks and Recreation budget but still needed to do a line by line review of the budget over the next few meetings. Due to the time taken with the rezoning the Council was only able to review park of the concession budget. The Council discussed shortages and how the power was billed. They left with some action items and will meet again next meeting.
The fire department had 15,028 calls for the past year. The City has two more high school home games
The Helena High School needed additional funds to complete the Baseball and Softball fields. The original budget was not able to cover the full expense. Engineer Lee Bryant estimated it would take $250k. The Council's 1 cent education tax fund would could not support that full amount. The remaining work would be rebided to to see if additional savings could be found to complete the Dugout, Concessions, restrooms, and press box. There will still need to be funding for bleachers. Shelby Co does not fund athletics facilities. The Council Approved the additional funds and rebiding
The Mayor officially announced the City Paid Holidays for Fiscal Year 2014/2015
Nov 11, 27, 28th, Dec 24th 25th 26th, Jan 1,2,19, April l3, May 25, July 3 and Sept 7
|Helena Postcard Art by Laura Brookhart|
As part of the Alabama Communities of Excellence Laura Joseph went to the Your Town Alabama workshop for Helena. She reported that she had taking the Asset based training and that they were looking at Helena with fresh eye to help create a place of sense. They had received many items but she had a list one ones that would be good for Helena to attempt first.
Historical Park or Monument
Create a Historic Park or Monument to showcase Helena's Mining History and coordinate with educators for Field Trips and welcoming to tourist. Have it in close proximity of the trail system and actual historic sites sites. Funding available from Alabama Department of History, ADECA, and US National Parks grant for Industrial History.
A successful model was completed in Montevallo recently where grants where obtained to create welcoming murals for residents and visitors. Old Town Helena used to support large murals in the 1800s.
Coordinate with the Helena Business Association to provide classes for members of the community wanting to start a business. Graduates of classes would be offered incentives to open in Helena such as free or discounted businesses or modified tax structures
Actively recruiting bed and breakfast. The location near the sports complex was viewed as a good location. Also nestled near old town with great views.
Create a Helena History online by scanning Census, microfilm, historical documents, photographs on the State shared server at no cost to the City with the Alabama Archives allow digitalization classes for city residents. Coordinate efforts with Helena History groups.
Congratulations to Penny Weldon she has served the City of Helena for 17 years and will retire at the end of October. Thank you for everything you have done for the Helena, Penny!
A very good presentation was given about asking the community to support United Way and programs that are available for residents. Sorry I didn't get the young man's name but he did a great job. Did you know that have programs that give funds for students college and free tax service. You can find out more http://www.uwca.org/
The Helena Teen Council had one on one time with the Mayor and Council as part of their leadership training. The members explained what they did in government and what was their motivations. The students asked questions about their background and how municipal government operated.
Next City Council Meeting Date: Monday, November 3, 2014 @ 5:00 P.M. Pre-Council followed by Regular Meeting 6:00pm.