New county facility to be located in Cleveland

Town of Cleveland

The Cleveland Town Council met May 13 for its regular monthly council meeting. All members were present. Highlighting the meeting was Mayor Jerry Jones’ announcement that the Blount County Commission had received a $1-million grant from the state through CARES Act funding for the construction of a multi-use county facility to be built in Cleveland. The facility will be used for agriculture, education, and economic development purposes.

Jones also provided an update on the Family Dollar/Dollar General project, which is along Ala 160. Discussions between Jones, the state highway department, and representatives of Family Dollar and Dollar General continue on issues with the entrance to the property. Jones said the entrance will have to be widened and it is expected that the town will incur the costs of surveying and engineering, which are estimated at $10,000.

In new business, the mayor presented the Street Light Project. He stated that they will begin converting the lighting at the town’s park to LED lights, which will save the town an estimated $82 per month.

Also, Jones asked town attorney Alex Smith how to best handle collection of past due sales tax. A local business recently defaulted on monthly payment arrangements with Avenu, the company charged with collecting sales taxes for the town. With the business now closed, Smith suggested either prosecution through the District Attorney’s office or filing a complaint through small claims court. After discussion, council member James Sullivan made a motion to contact the District Attorney’s office for advice on how to recover the debt owed to the town. The motion continued that if the District Attorney’s office would not prosecute, the town would move forward with small claims court. Tommy Swindle seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

In other business, the council approved the surplus of two utility trucks, a 1994 Ford and 2000 Dodge. The town is taking sealed bids for purchase of the vehicles. Jones also discussed the possibility of a new vehicle for the police department. The council will discuss this matter further in a future meeting.

The Cleveland Town Council meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month.