Council OKs Johns Chapel AME request

Johns Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church Pastor Rev. Willie White Jr. outlines plans for Fifth Quarter activities to be held at the church on Geneva Highway after Enterprise High School home football games at the Enterprise City Council meeting July 2.

To provide a “safe, spiritual spot” for young people to gather after Enterprise High School home football games is the purpose of the Fifth Quarter activities being planned by Johns Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

John Chapel AME Pastor Rev. Willie White Jr. told the Enterprise City Council at the meeting July 2 that all students are invited to the church on Geneva Highway from 9 until 11 p.m. after each EHS home game for food and fellowship in a “safe, spiritual and supervised environment.”

White said the first event is a block party Aug. 23. The council approved White’s request that Boykin Street, between Geneva Highway and Bell Street be closed for two hours that evening.

“It is our desire at Johns Chapel AME to provide a service for the church as well as our community and our city,” White told the council. “With the support of our city council, I know it will be a good morale builder for our city as well as our community.”

The council also approved Interim Director of Engineering Services Staci Hayes’ request to enter into a contract with Southern Earth Sciences Inc. for asbestos inspection and testing of the nine properties slated for demolition under the 2018 Community Development Block Grant Demolition project.

The contract is in the amount of $650 for each structure inspected and was the lowest price quote received, Hayes told the council. All inspection and testing fees will be paid for with CDBG money.

Other asbestos inspection and testing quotes received were $800 per structure from Professional Services Industries Inc., $1,275 per structure from Poly Inc. and $1,300 per structure from Thompson Engineering Inc.

In other business, Enterprise City Clerk-Treasurer Bob Dean said the qualified voters list for the special municipal election Aug. 13 being held to allow voters to decide whether alcohol will be sold in Enterprise on Sundays will be posted on the city’s website. A copy of the voters list will also be available at the Farmers Market, the Recreation Center, the Civic Center and Enterprise City Hall.

In unrelated business, a Huntington Drive homeowner told the council that a subdivision is being built behind his home with residences raised two feet above his property. He asked the council for a clarification of the city’s ordinance regarding a homeowner’s “expectation of privacy” adding that he had been told by a subdivision representative that privacy fencing will be his expense. “He said that the fence was my issue not his issue,” the homeowner told the council. “I would have to be in an 8-foot fence to have any ‘expectation of privacy.’”

The homeowner said he had talked to the former Director of Engineering Services without receiving a clear answer. “There was just very vague wording about that,” he said. “So I am bringing this before the city council to look at to see if there is an ‘expectation of privacy’ (clause in the city ordinance) and to get this resolved.”

The next meeting of the Enterprise City Council is Tuesday, July 16, at Enterprise City Hall. A work session begins at 5 p.m. in the mayor’s conference room. A voting meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the council chambers. Both meetings are open to the public.

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