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Map provided by city of Hoover
I-459 apartment rezoning
The city of Hoover is seeking to rezone about 273 acres along Interstate 459 to keep it from being developed into apartments.
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Girl Scouts attended the March 7 Hoover City Council meeting. Mayor Gary Ivey issued a proclamation declaring Feb. 26-28 National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend.
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Courtesy of Heather Skaggs
Author Heather Skaggs presented the cover of her book on the Riverchase community at the March 7 Hoover City Council meeting.
Members of the Hoover City Council decided to postpone a public hearing regarding the rezoning of 273 acres along Interstate 459.
Councilman Jack Natter moved to postpone discussion because there were only five council members present at the March 7 meeting. Earlier that day, the Hoover city attorney recommended the council continue the discussion to a future meeting, City Clerk Margie Handley said.
The plan would rezone about 253 acres for commercial use and about 20 acres for single-family residential use. The land is currently zoned for apartments.
The public hearings for the rezoning now are set to take place at the April 4 City Council meeting.
Also at Monday night's meeting, the council approved a resolution to authorize Mayor Gary Ivey to enter an agreement with Motorola Solutions to purchase a radio system upgrade for the Hoover Police Department.
Police Chief Nick Derzis said it has been 20 years since the radio system was upgraded. "Trust me. It’s time,” he said.
The upgrade should be operational by the end of the year and last the department about 10 years, he said. Jehad Al-Dakka, the department's executive officer, said the new radio system will move the department from analog to digital radios, allowing greater communication with other municipalities as well as better coverage.
Also at the March 7 meeting:
- The week of March 20-26 was declared National Safe Place Week.
- March was declared Developmental Disability Awareness Month and Autoimmune Diseases Awareness Month.
- March 6-10 was declared Women in Construction Week.
- Feb. 26-28 was declared National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend.
- Heather Skaggs presented the final cover for a book on the Riverchase community. The cover features a photo from April 1993 of a Riverchase resident standing in snow, and the book is set to come out in October.
- The council approved a resolution for a fire hydrant installation on ATI Parkway for the Joe Hudson Collision Center.
- The council approved a resolution for Ivey to execute a contract with Verizon Wireless for cellular service.
- The council approved a change order to the Lester Lane sidewalk project.
- The council approved an ABC application for Beef O’ Brady’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration event on March 19.
- The council approved an ordinance to annex property at 1833 Burning Tree Circle.
- The council set public hearings for March 21 to consider a request to allow the sale of liquor at Revolve Kitchen & Brew on Doug Baker Boulevard and to consider the sale of beer at Sushi Village 280 on Doug Baker Boulevard.
The next city council meeting is set for March 21 at the Hoover Municipal Center.