It looked like Big Brother versus neighborhood residents again at the City Council last night.

Local businessman Siraj “Jack” Ali had purchased a property on Southwood Drive at State Highway 75 North and is apparently in the process of trying to purchase nearby property. The property is zoned Neighborhood Conservation and the request to the council is to change it to Management.

Many neighborhood homeowners showed up at the council meeting last night to protest. Local resident William Piper, for example, explained one of the results of commercializing the property . . . .

It was also passed along to councilmembers that putting a business at that corner would create a situation to cause more accidents in an area that was already known as a corner where accidents often occurred. Councilmember Ron Allen confirmed from previous experience as a tow truck driver that it was a high accident area as well as County EMS head John Nabors.

Ward #1 Councilmember Joe Emmet had the point of view that no one would put a residence on that lot so the City would “end up with another vacant lot sitting in the middle of Huntsville collecting minimum tax because of zoning.” There were some other views expressed looking to what they thought was an inevitability of change coming to the area anyway.

The council will continue to look at the issue at their next council session.


The Board of Managers of the Walker County Hospital District will hold a regular meeting open to the public this evening at six at Huntsville Memorial Hospital in 2nd floor Meeting Room A.

At the beginning of the meeting, there will be comments from the public allowed. There will also be comments and reports from managers and HMH Administration.

They will next adjourn in a closed executive session to discuss with their attorneys:

–pending litigation matters.

–matters related to the potential sale or lease of District real estate, including the Ella Smither property and the hospital facility

–and, legal issues related to communications, administrative matters and District policies.

The managers will reconvene in an open session and consider action on several items. They will receive 2019 budget requests; have a 2019 budget workshop; conduct a public budget hearing for the 2019 budget; consider approving payment of indigent care bills; review the monthly financial report; consider approving payment of monthly bills; approve the recording of the August 2018 budgeted indigent care expense in the amount of $568,334 and consider giving approval to the Walker County Appraisal District to accept the bids received on properties in trust owned by the taxing jurisdictions.


The 2018 Willis WildKat Athletic Luncheon starts next Thursday August 30th at Noon at the Willis Community Center at 600 Gerald Street.  The Luncheon is sponsored by the Masonic Lodge of Willis.  The cost is $10 for adults and $4 for students.  All proceeds go to scholarships for Willis High School extracurricular students.

Your welcome to meet new Willis High School Football Coach Michael Wall, 2018 Captains and Offense skill players.  Also, come meet the 2018 Varsity Tennis Team, Willis High School Athletic Trainers and Varsity Country Team.

For more information, contact Athletic Director Eric Ezar at 214-729-0841.





The Huntsville City Council will meet for a regular session this evening at six. Prior to the meeting, at 5:30 PM, they will hold a “Work Session” to hear and discuss comment from the Brand Review, as part of the 2018 Strategic Plan.

In a Public Hearing this evening, the council will receive comment regarding consideration to adopt an ordinance to change the Development District Classification of a portion of 1107 Southwood Drive from Neighborhood Conservation to Management. Also, there will be a Public Hearing for the council to receive comment regarding their consideration to adopt a maximum property tax rate of $.3666 per $100 valuation for the City’s 2018-19 Fiscal Year (Tax Year 2018).

Tonight’s “Consent Agenda” includes a second reading of a construction contract to Horseshoe Construction for $777,505 for the consturction of a sanitary sewer line replacement (I-45 to the water’s edge project).

Tonight’s “Statutory Agenda” includes a first reading to change the Development District Classification of a portion of 1107 Southwood Drive from Neighborhood Conservation to Management.

Tonight, the council will hear a first reading in consideration of adopting an ordinance in opposition to a proposed Entergy rate increase.

As part of “Citizen Participation” tonight, Carmen Irving will talk about a request for City property along 10th Street.


According to an update in the Huntsville Item, of the four at-large positions up for grabs in the upcoming City Council election only two are being sought by new candidates.

Filing for At-Large Position #2 are William Bayne, Dee Howard and Rico Rodriguez. Filing for the At-Large Position #4 spot are Mari Montgomery and Timothy Davis.

Current Position #4 councilmember Keith Olson has reached his term limit, and Position #2 holder Tyler McCaffety did not file for re-election.

Charter amendments will also be on the ballot.

Early voting begins October 22nd. The general election takes place on November 6th.