- Cullman, Alabama

June 29, 2013

Hanceville council to review old rules, consider changes

By Lauren Estes
The Cullman Times

HANCEVILLE — The city council has agreed to review hundreds of rules to determine which ones should be abolished.

Councilman Charles Wilson requested the resolution be put on the agenda after sharing with the council several weeks ago that multiple rules are not being followed by the city. Mayor Kenneth Nail said the rules needed reviewing, being that there are 600 of them.

Nail questioned city attorney Dan Willingham saying, “We have hundreds and hundreds of resolutions that are in the books and I’m just wondering how many of those are we not going by and probably have never gone by? Are we going to pick and choose, this resolution and that resolution or can we start from the front and clean the book up?”

Councilman Doug Batemon agreed and said if the city is not following them, they need to be abolished. Willingham said his recommendation would be for the council to go through them.

“I suspect that many are out of date, and I don’t mean for this to sound tract gentlemen, but I read one from a municipality nearby that, ‘no black man shall ride in a taxi cab,’ and obviously that one is way out of date and past any realization,” Willingham said. “So you’re right. I’m sure you have lots of them that are not being followed and it may not be a bad idea to go through them and void the ones that are no longer modern. Some of them are void because the absolute times and changes, but I agree that you have to have rules and order. I do think they need to be looked through to see if they are obsolete or need amending.”

Nail appointed Wilson to head the committee to look through the resolutions. Bates said that instead of only implementing three of the five council members to the committee to interchange them as they are available to meet. Nail agreed to Bate’s request and the city council will be amending and abolishing resolutions that are out of date.

In other business the city council:

Approved a motion to set a public hearing on July 25 at 6:30 p.m. for the Alcohol Review Committee (ARC) to discuss the Exxon request to sell beer and wine.

Resident Sally Alexander brought license tax information to the council’s attention, and the council moved to table the item until the next meeting.

The Hanceville City Council’s next meeting will be July 11 at 7 p.m.  with work session beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Lauren Estes can be reached at or 256-734-2131, ext. 137.