Mayor, Town of Lake View, Alabama

Paul Calhoun, Mayor of Town of Lake View, Alabama

04/30/2019

WE ARE ALMOST HOME!!! I was just advised that house bill 480 made it through the House of Representatives today and will be on the floor of the Senate tomorrow as a local bill. This means now is the time to call or email senator Gerald Allen. Tell him that you want the opportunity to vote on this house bill and that if he believes that he knows better then his constituency, then we won't be electing him again next time. It's time that cronyism in Montgomery stops. All you have to do is let him know that you I want the opportunity to vote for yourself. Gerald Allen's office can be reached by dialing 334 261 0986. His email address is [email protected]. if you have time to do the same to senator Reed, and politely ask him to support House Bill 480. He didn't have anything to do with killing the bill last year but mr. Allen did. He did not want us to be given the opportunity to vote. This should be the last time I solicit your help on this issue. Please like this post then share this post with as many friends as you can and then send those emails and phone calls to senator Allen's office. Also pray for all of our elected officials in Montgomery as they consider the future of this bill and the future of our community. Pray that they would have clarity of mind, willingness to step outside their comfort zone, and a desire to help the people of Lake View and surrounding communities. Your help up to this point has been wonderful, let's finish the job. Even if you have already sent an email or phone call to the good senator, send another. They have to know that we want this past. Thank you again and let's make this the night that Lake View took control of its future. Mayor Paul.

04/20/2019

Great News!! Representative Rich Wingo, (R) Tuscaloosa, just presented House Bill 480. This bill affects every Lakeview resident in some way. The bill itself, if passed by the House and Senate, would allow voters to decide if public service commission oversight of the private sewer serving Lake View and surrounding areas is in order. It's a common misconception that those residents not on the sewer don't have a stake in this issue but that is far from accurate. Controversy over the sewer provider's business practices have led several businesses to settle in other locations outside the service area. This means lower revenue for the town which translates into fewer public services for all of us. At the same time, these issues are adversely affecting all property values. We need help from everyone in the town of Lake View as well as those outside the town limits but served by the sewer. Last year's attempt for this legislation was passed by the house but died in the Senate. The main reason that the bill died is due to the efforts of three Lake View council members who did not want us to have the opportunity to vote on the issue. It is important to remember that the passing of this bill simply allows the people to decide if governmental oversight is warranted. The bill only gives us the opportunity to vote nothing more. Any of you that have talked to me personally know that I am not a fan of big government. At the same time, there are situations that call for intervention on a larger scale. Over the past 20 years our neighbors on sewer have tried on numerous occasions to appeal the billing practices and rates with the sewer provider directly. Not only have the issues continued but new fees and ever changing policies leave some customers owing $10,000 or more. In my opinion, it's time to offer our neighbors some assistance. In 2018 Alabama senator Gerald Allen, (R) Tuscaloosa, told a reporter covering the story that he was unaware of the sewer problems and that he had not received any complaints personally. I know that Senator Allen is an advocate for the people that he represents so please let him know that you want the opportunity to vote on this HB480. Gerald Allen's office can be reached by calling 334-261-0986 or emailing [email protected]. Also, let your council members know that you want them to support the bill locally. The time to act is now, our neighbors are hurting and need our help. Mayor, Paul Calhoun

04/01/2019

CALL TO ACTION! ALL LAKE VIEW VOTERS. I NEED YOUR HELP. Please bear with me while I explain. In 2017, I began working with our House of Representatives member, Rich Wingo as well as the municipal attorney on a document that would eventually become House Bill 428. We did this lawfully but we did do it in private. The reason it was done in private was out of an abundance of concern that special interest on the council would kill the effort before much progress could be made. House Bill 428 would have allowed the voters to decide if public service commission oversight of the public sewer serving Lake View was needed. Have a conversation with one of our neighbors being served by the sewer and you will learn just how desperately this measure is needed. To my knowledge, there is no functioning regulatory body that has any control over the business practices of this company. Alabama power, spire, and even phone companies are routinely reviewed and evaluated for rates and other business practices by the PSC. I know this is long but please bear with me. The bill was scheduled to go into committee in February of 2018. As that date neared, just as expected, some on the city council began to call me and ask for a special meeting to pass a resolution denouncing House Bill 428. This would have been against the wishes of hundreds of sewer customers that had attended previous Council meetings pleading, if not begging, for assistance from their public servants. I refused to hold a council meeting, this is allowed by law, explaining that not only do I support the bill, I helped father it. This infuriated special interest on the council who immediately called a special meeting, also allowed by law, while I was away on City business attending a tornado summit sponsored by FEMA. In the special council meeting, with a lopsided vote due to my absence, a resolution was passed 3-2 denouncing House Bill 428. The next day, in Montgomery, this resolution was held up in the committee meeting and supported by three council members and others who work closely with the sewer provider. The bill was killed immediately and never made it to the senate floor, much to the dismay of our neighbors who have nowhere else to turn. In my opinion this is special interest at its worst and works against everything I was elected to do for this town. HERE'S WHAT YOU CAN DO! Mr. Wingo has agreed to put this bill out again in the upcoming session but he must be able to show that these three council members do not represent the wishes of the people they are serving. For several weeks now a number of concerned citizens have been circulating petitions and we have had an overwhelming response of support. Please remember that getting this bill passed only gives us the opportunity to vote in the next election on public service commission oversight. It in itself does not do anything other than give the people the opportunity to vote. The three council members that passed this resolution did not want us to have the opportunity to vote. If you speak with one of these three members they will tell you that the bill only provided protection for those Lake View residence in Tuscaloosa county and that is correct. But it would be the first step in getting acknowledgement that there is a problem and would be the surest step to getting protection for everyone. One council member even added that if it had included Jefferson county residents, they would have supported it. I want to protect all of our residents, the fact that we serve two separate counties means that we have to start somewhere. All I can do is lay the information out there and let you make an informed decision. Send a message to your Town Council and to Montgomery. Remember that signing the petition or sending an email does not bind you to any one viewpoint, it simply says you want the opportunity to vote on this. Our neighbors desperately need help. Here's how:
1. Sign the petition when you get an opportunity, we will be going door-to-door and will try to have it in public places as well.

2. Take just a moment and send an email right now to [email protected]. In the email simply state that you want the opportunity to vote on the PSC oversight issue. Include your name, street address and phone number. This information will be handed directly to your house of representatives member so that he can show that the people of Lake View want the opportunity to vote.

3. Finally, for those that would like to go the extra mile, call Alabama senator Gerald Allen at 334-261-0861 and tell him you would appreciate his support of Representative Wingo's upcoming bill.

Friends I cannot overstate how important this is. Residents have actually come to town hall in tears begging for our help. We tried it on our own and were met with well-organized opposition. Please contact Janet Smith, Brad Cook, Vivian Hunter or myself for an opportunity to sign the petition.

Mayor Paul

03/14/2019

Tonight's council meeting has been postponed until next Thursday, the 21st due to inclement weather. We will observe the same schedule with the workshop at 5:30 p.m. and the council meeting at 6:30 p.m. We do apologize for the late notice but we prefer that the council members and citizens remain safely at home. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you next week at the meeting of your Lake View town council. Mayor Calhoun

07/16/2018

The Special called council meeting has been canceled for tonight. Council members Braddy, Bean, Ray have advised that they will not be able to attend. Rather than going forward with a meeting as I did for the 3 previously cancelled meetings and creating cost to the Town, I have elected to cancel the meeting outright. I am simply not comfortable moving forward with regular business and exposing the town to possible issues by not having legal counsel present. The only way to prevent this is to have a special meeting to hire an attorney apart and separate from your regular council meeting so that the attorney that the council selects has time to prepare and attend your meeting. If you elect an attorney during a regular council meeting, you do not have the expertise of that attorney with you during the rest of that meeting. Your Town Council we will continue to work together to resolve the situation as soon as possible. Please feel free to contact any of your council members or myself here at Town Hall, 205-477-1999.

07/16/2018

It is come to my attention recently that Facebook keeps post made many years ago. This would mean that someone could go back and search through and find information from years ago if they so desired. Since my position requires me to constantly consider and reconsider my stance on issues, I will be going out over the next few days to review my older posts and determine if they still reflect my opinion. Those that are not in line with My Views today will be removed immediately. I understand that there may be individuals that have been working with me lately and have found some older posts that were not as friendly towards them as they would have expected. I am sorry. All I can say is that in my position I have to be willing to learn and grow and change in order to be effective. I am sorry for any mixed signals and will begin to remove erroneous or outdated posts immediately. We are all working towards the same goal and that is a successful and prosperous town. Thank you, Paul Calhoun, Mayor

07/14/2018

GRANT WRITERS NEEDED!!!! The town of Lake View is currently looking for individuals trained and experienced in writing grants for municipalities. Our principal Focus will be products and equipment for our fantastic Police Department. Compensation is open to negotiation and will be based on production. We are aware of a number of programs that have items that we need currently so we are very motivated to find someone soon. If you are interested or know someone that might be able to help us please give us a call at Lake View Town Hall by dialing 205 477 1999 ask for the mayor or town clerk.

Great things are happening in Lake View!

Thanks,
Mayor Paul

07/12/2018

Citizens of Lake View please forgive me for the late notification but there is no meeting of the lake view Town Council tonight. We have continued our search for a town attorney and I believe that we have some very good candidates from which to choose. Following rhe recommendation of many governmental authorities as well as the league of municipalities I do not plan to have a regular council meeting until we have hired an attorney. To do so would be Reckless. I have called a special council meeting for Monday night and can confirm that there will be a quorum based on response emails that I've received thus far. Again we are all sorry for the late cancellation and we appreciate your patience during the search. Please plan to attend Monday night's meeting if you would like to hear our discussions as we make the selection.

04/12/2018

Attention! There will be no meeting of the Lakeview Town Council as regularly planned tonight. The cancelation is due to a lack of quorum. I am working now to determine when we will be able to reschedule this meeting as we have a great number of issues to address. Please watch the normal locations around town for updated postings as well as this page. As always thank you for your support.

Paul Calhoun, mayor
Town of Lake View
A great place to live!

01/16/2018

SPECIAL NOTICE: Due to the inclement weather advisory, Lake View Municipal Court has been postponed and is rescheduled for Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at 5:00 pm.

11/30/2017

2017 Town Hall Cart Barn Roofing Project

The Town of Lake View is now accepting bids to remove and install a new roof on the Town’s cart barn located at 22757 Central Park Drive Lake View Alabama 35111.

Construction Phases:
1. Remove existing roof.
2. Replace damaged wood.
3. Install new shingles to roof.
4. Remove and clean up all waste/trash.

Properly completed bids must be submitted to the Town Clerk at the Lake View Town Hall by 5:00pm Wednesday December 13, 2017. The Council of the Town of Lake View will review submitted bids at the December 14, 2017 Workshop meeting at 5:30pm.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Town Clerk at 205-477-1999 or by email at [email protected].

Please note that after the bids are reviewed and the contract awarded, there may be alternative deletions and or changes to the bid in order to lower the cost.

Sincerely,
Paul A. Calhoun, Mayor

10/04/2017

Police have taken the search out of our area. They no longer consider him a threat to the town. Thank you for your cooperation and have a great night. Mayor Paul

10/04/2017

Alert! Multiple police agencies are pursuing a suspect currently in the Lake View area. This individual was in a stolen vehicle and was being pursued by police. He abandon the vehicle in Lake View and is now on foot. Please lock your doors and stay inside. I will post again immediately as soon as he has been apprehended.

08/27/2017

ALERT! Due to an incident on the Ski Lake earlier this evening, the lake is currently closed. Absolutely no launching, night fishing nor boating activities until further notice. Thank you for your cooperation. PC

07/20/2017

Update from Police Chief Eddie Frederick: The gas company is working on repairing the leak it could possibly be as late as noon tomorrow before it is repaired. There have been approximately 20 homes evacuated. The officer on duty has called out other officers to help with the evacuation and traffic control. Everyone needs to avoid Tammie Dr between Allison Dr and Douglas Dr. Thanks, PC

05/04/2017

Today, I ask you to please remember Jon and Betsy Terry and families with prayerful condolences. Betsy's mother, Janet Rae Elam Towers, passed to her eternal home on May 2, 2017, at the age of 93. Funeral services for Mrs. Towers will be held at New Salem Missionary Baptist Church, (formerly, Second Baptist Church of Bessemer, 245 Fairfax Ave. Bessemer, AL. 35020), on Friday, May 5, 2017, at 12:00 P.M. with a time of visitation and remembrance beginning at 11:00 A.M. Burial will follow the services at Cedar Hill Cemetery. Pastor Frank D. Sims officiating. The family request that in addition to flowers, donations be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in memory of Cindy Towers.

Mayor Paul Calhoun

04/19/2017

On behalf of the citizens of the Town of Lake View, I offer condolences to the family of Mrs. Eva Weathers. Mrs. Weathers was a longtime resident with many immediate and extended family members among our neighbors.

We offer our prayers for her family and ask that the citizens of Lake View keep them in their thoughts and prayers as well.

Brown Service Funeral Home in Bessemer, Alabama will be the location of services. Visitation will be held Wednesday, April 19 from 5-7 p.m. Funeral services will be on Thursday at 11 a.m.

Thank you,
Mayor Paul Calhoun

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Lake View, AL
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