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Montevallo City Council

The Montevallo City Council met Monday, Jan. 25, for their regularly scheduled, biweekly meeting. The Council met to discuss the set agenda topic as well as field the concerns of citizens who chose to attend the meeting. The Council met both in person and via Zoom, with the meeting livestreamed on the city’s Facebook page. 

The council started their meeting with several recognitions. The first was a proclamation honoring Rev. Dr. William Thomas Evans, Sr, who died Jan. 18 at his home in Montevallo. Mayor Rusty Nix remarked that Evans was “a beloved advocate, mentor, pastor, trailblazer and visionary for citizens and churches in the Montevallo area.” Evans helped found Faith Visionary Baptist Church in 1975 and served as the church’s first pastor. He also worked as a chaplain at Shelby Brookwood Baptist Hospital.  

The council declared Jan. 25 as “Rev. Dr. William Thomas Evans, Sr. Day in Montevallo,” and invited to citizens to “join us to remember and celebrate his remarkable and most sincerely appreciated lifetime of service to those around him.” 

Tina Niven, Montevallo High School’s women’s basketball coach, was also recognized by the council for becoming “the winningest basketball coach in Montevallo High School history;” with Nix saying that Niven “serves as an example of dedication for community for us all.” 

Inductees to the Montevallo Chamber of Commerce’s Hall of Fame were also recognized at the meeting. The 2020 inductees comprise of Montevallo Chiropractic Center, for “providing 32 years of adjustments,” Bob Butterworth, a State Farm insurance agent who has “provided 43 years of insurance needs, with 25 of those years in Montevallo,” and Trustmark National Bank, which has operated a branch in Montevallo since 2013. 

Additionally, the council approved the Fire Prevention and Protection Ordinance that was presented at the previous city council meeting. The ordinance– which makes noncompliance with the municipal fire prevention code a misdemenor and establishes fines and penalties for noncompliance, did not receive any changes to it between this meeting and the prior one. The ordinance passed unanimously. 

The next City Council meeting will be held Monday, Feb. 8, at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be livestreamed on the city’s Facebook page. Citizens may also attend the meeting in person at City Hall, however there will be limited seating and social distancing protocols put in place. 

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Cady Inabinett is a writer for The Alabamian. She’s an English major and enjoys reading, watching movies, and generally just being pretentious in her free time.