Irondale Council Recognizes Citizen and Educational Leaders


By Tanna M. Friday, For La Tribune

IRONDALE – The Irondale City Council convened on Tuesday evening, April 5, for its regularly scheduled meeting to honor civic and education leaders for their service to Irondale and surrounding communities.

(Left to right) Mayor Stewart, Van A. Phillips and Councilor London. (Photo from Tanna Friday)

Special guest, honoree, and longtime resident Mr. Van A. Phillips Sr. opened the meeting with prayer.

Among those present were Council members Robert Box, Cindy Cuellar, John London, Aaron Sims, David Spivey and Mayor James Douglas Stewart, Jr.

During Mayor Stewart’s report, he presented the Prescott House Child Advocacy Group with a proclamation recognizing April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, which highlights the importance of families and communities working together to strengthen families. to prevent child abuse and neglect. According to the Child Welfare website, this collaboration, prevention services and support help protect children and produce thriving families.

Stewart also recognized three of the ten teachers and residents selected for the Teacher of the Year award. Among those recognized were Shades Valley High School teacher Ivy Bishop, Irondale Middle School sixth grade teacher Yohna Mills and Grantswood Community School elementary teacher Andrea Riley. Each received funds for schools, including a $2,500 grant awarded to Teacher of the Year Riley.

During Council Reports, Councilor John London presented two proclamations recognizing residents Van A. Phillips, Sr., and Robert Crenshaw.

Phillips has played seven sports, graduating from Phillips High School in 1978 and earning an athletic scholarship from Kentucky State University. He returned to Birmingham to teach, and for the past three decades served as superintendent of the Jefferson County school system, including Center Point High School.

Crenshaw, an Irondale resident for more than 30 years, is the past president of the Alabama A&M University National Alumni Association, a member of Sixth Avenue Baptist Church, where he serves as a deacon and is also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Crenshaw served in the community for 24 years and was recognized as one of Irondale’s Outstanding Citizens.

In other areas, the Irondale Council has approved:

  • Minutes of the ordinary municipal council of March 15, March 17 and extraordinary of the municipal council of March 29, 2022;
  • Current invoices for payments $372,285.74;
  • consent agenda;
  • Resolution 2022-R-49 authorizing the allocation of public funds in the amount of $500.00 to Shades Valley High School from Councilor John London’s 2021-22 fiscal year discretionary fund to be used exclusively for Shades Valley Jazz Band;
  • Resolution 2022-R-50 authorizing the allocation of public funds from Councilor John London’s fiscal year 2021-22 discretionary fund in an amount not to exceed $500.00 for the purchase of a bench to be placed in the right-of-way of the Stone Ridge Subdivision for public use;
  • Resolution 2022-R-56 delaying certain public property from being necessary for public or municipal purposes and ordering the disposal of such property at auction;
  • Resolution 2022-R-57 approving the expenditure of $1,500.00 for the Town of Irondale Young Entrepreneurs Day event to be held on April 16, 2022;
  • Resolution 2022-R-58 authorizing the signing of a lighting service contract with Alabama Power for the installation of two LED light fixtures and ancillary elements at the park located at 3324 Sunniroc Road;
  • Resolution 2022-R-59 authorizing the approval of the Irondale Easter Egg-sperience as a public event as well as the expenditure of $1,000.00 for event expenses;
  • Resolution 2022-R-60 authorizing the allocation of public funds from Councilor Robert Box’s 2021-22 discretionary fund in an amount not to exceed $1,700.00 for the purchase of a sign to be placed in the Heritage Place subdivision for public use; and
  • Resolution 2022-R-61 authorizing the exception of a communications solutions agreement with Spectrum Enterprise for the installation of a digital infrastructure located at 1801 Crestwood Blvd for the water service.
  • Regular agenda;
  • Resolution 2022-R-51 appointing Councilman Cuellar as the voting delegate and Councilman Sims as the alternate voting delegate for the City of Irondale at the 2022 Annual Business Meeting of the League of Alabama Municipalities;
  • Postponement of the vote on resolutions 2022-R-52 to 2022-R-54 appointing positions to the Board of the Business Development Authority; and
  • Postponement of Resolution 2022-R-55 authorizing an extension of the moratorium on mini-warehouses/self-storage businesses in the town of Irondale. Councilman Cuellar requested a meeting of the ordinances committee before moving forward on the resolution.

Irondale Council will meet on Tuesday, April 12 for a special meeting called from 6 p.m. at Irondale Town Hall.


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