In order to help land more businesses in Boaz, the city recently agreed to enter a contract with Retail Strategies, LLC.
At the meeting Monday night, the Boaz City Council entered a $100,000, 3-year contract with the Birmingham-based firm. By contract, Retail Strategies will provide research, in-market real estate analysis and retail recruitment for the city.
Upon execution of the contract, the city will pay the firm $40,000 for its first year of service, then $30,000 in years two and three.
Boaz Mayor David Dyar said the partnership with Retail Strategies was a necessary one. He felt it was in the best interest of the city to get professional assistance from a firm with connections that he and other city leaders didn’t have.
“Well, I’ll tell you,” Dyar said. “The main reason was I wasn’t getting the job done, and we’ve got to have some help. So, we’re not going to spin our wheels and — I just wasn’t getting the job done. That’s the bottom line. And so, we’re going to go with Retail Strategies. Jeff Rouzie — he used to be the economic development director for the City of Foley, Alabama — he’s been economic development director. He’s got all these contacts. I could only get so far. We’ve got to have somebody who knows the decision-makers, and that’s what they bring to the table.
“The City of Boaz — our community — deserves the best, and so we’re reaching out for that help,” he added.
In other business, the council:
• Held a public hearing to hear an application from Family Dollar Stores of Alabama, LLC, doing business as Family Dollar Store 20544, for a license to sale beer and table wine for, on or off premises consumption at its location at 10364 Alabama Highway 168 in Boaz. No one spoke for or against the application. The council later adopted a resolution to approve the license application.
• Announced a public hearing would be held Monday, Jan. 27, to hear an application from Randall Pankey for a petition to rezone property from R-1 (Low Density Detached Residential District) to R-7 (Patio/Garden Home District). The property is located at the corners of Bruce Road, McVille Road and Alabama Highway 168. Pankey plans to construct a subdivision consisting of 22.71 acres and naming the subdivision Dogwood Farms. The project could include up to 61 homes.
• Proclaimed January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month.
• Approved the accounts payable voucher dated Dec. 17, 2019, through Jan. 8, 2020, totaling $390,156.63.
• Baseball Players Association Area Director Matt Hamilton presented an award to the Boaz Parks and Recreation Department for being home to one of the most outstanding parks across seven states that participate in BPA. Hamilton said only four cities were recognized each year.
• Solicited bids for an air curtain incinerator.
• Employed Hannah Hawkins, Nicholas Stocks, Tristen Burns, Jessica Smith, Julio Rodriguez and Hannah Bridgman as part-time parks and recreation workers.
• Appointed Christy Farmer to the Downtown Design Committee through Sept. 13, 2020.
• Reappointed Jeff Weathers to the Downtown Design Committee through Sept. 13, 2021.
• Appointed Rachel Lambert to the Downtown Design Committee through Sept. 13, 2022.
• Reappointed Bentley Gray to the Downtown Design Committee through Sept. 13, 2023.
• Entered executive session to discuss possible future litigation for approximately 10 minutes.
Dyar announced there would be a special-called meeting held Monday, Jan, 20, at 5:30 p.m. in the Mastin Conference Room at the Boaz Public Library for the Planning Commission and the mayor and council to go over the new comprehensive plan.
He also announced all departments except police and fire departments would be closed Monday, Jan. 20, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.