At last night’s regular session of the Huntsville City Council, the council had to reconsider a $60,000 dollar contract with the Buxton Company for a retail recruitment and retention study. The council’s original mistake occurred at its meeting November 27th of last year when it gave approval to the Buxton contract within half-an-hour following a presentation by the company’s representative at a workshop previous to their council meeting.
The council’s Rules of Procedure do not allow the council to take action on a contract, such as the one Buxton offered, on the same night following a presentation. Councilmembers had overlooked the rule at the time, so they decided to vote again to assure the contract’s validity.
Ward #3 Councilmember Ron Allen was opposed to the contract involving a retail study and was more interested in finding out how to bring industry to our area. . . .
Councilmembers ratified the agreement last night with a 7 to 1 vote. Councilman Allen voted against it. Councilman James Fitch was absent.
Following their Executive Session last night, the councilmembers gave their approval to $434,771 dollars of reimbursed taxes from The Arbors of Huntsville in a settlement with the Walker County Appraisal District.