Montgomery City Council met Tuesday, Jan. 8 for the first council meeting of 2019. All council members were in attendance for the meeting. City Council took action on numerous agenda items during the meeting, including appointing members to the Montgomery Economic Development Corp.
Here are four takeaways from the meeting Jan. 8:
1. Council member chose to remove item rescinding animal control ordinance
In December, City Council voted to approve an animal control ordinance. At Tuesday’s meeting Council Member John Champagne requested an agenda item to rescind the animal control ordinance in its entirety due to concerns he said he has about enforcing the ordinance and intruding on private properties.
After some discussion between City Council members and city staff, Champagne withdrew the agenda item, requesting it be rescinded. Mayor Sara Countryman said the ordinance was created with the stipulation that amendments can be made to the ordinance in the future.
“In December when this [ordinance] was adopted we said if we need to change it we can, but at least now we have a foundation,” Countryman said. “I think we should all be fully aware that it can change and probably will change, but we need at least something for guidelines.”
2. New members appointed to MEDC board of directors
Council approved the reappointment of Council Member Rebecca Huss, along with existing members Amy Brown and Bob Kerr, to the MEDC board of directors. The council also voted to appoint City Council member Tom Cronin and resident Julie Hutchinson to the MEDC board.
3. CVS Pharmacy receives license to sell alcohol
Council granted a wine and beer retailer’s beverage license for the incoming CVS Pharmacy, which will open at 20125 Eva St., Montgomery, in the upcoming Shoppes at Montgomery development.
4. Council signed certification of completion for Buffalo Springs Drive bridge
Council approved the certification of substantial completion for Glenn Fuqua, Inc’s $1.1 million Buffalo Springs Drive bridge repair project. The city funded $1,304 of the project, while the remaining cost was funded by state and federal grants.