On Monday night council members voted to hold a public hearing regarding closing one of the railroad crossings along First Avenue South at 20th Street or 22nd Street.

The hearing is expected to be held at the recreation hall on 19th Street, close to a community near the 20th Street crossing.  A date has not yet been scheduled.

The decision to hold a public hearing is the result of a request made by Norfolk Southern back in 2009, asking the city to help them reduce the number of crossings within close proximity of one another to avoid possible train collisions.

In other actions the council:

—Approved applying the $ 2 million tax fund toward fire department expenses.

—Approved the rezoning of approximately 10.53 acres on Hazelwood Drive, near Chick-fil-A from residential agriculture districting to heavy business districting.

—Granted the mayor authorization to enter into a settlement agreement with the State of Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs and Doster Construction Company to settle a claim allowing the city to collect two-thirds of sewer and water capitol recovery cost.

—Approved the release of property owned by the city to property owners Bayview Loan Servicing, LLC, for commercial business.  The property is located next to the Eden Fire Department.

—Granted the city approval to start an educational and governmental cable channel through Coosa Valley Cable.

—Authorized the city attorney to collect reimbursement from a police officer for training and uniforms.

—Granted the police department approval to participate in the COPS hiring program.

—Approved Golden Rule’s application for an on premise retail beer license.

—Approved a single location for the collection of building permits, business licenses and water near the city hall’s main entrance.  Clerks will collect court fines in the current location, next to the police department.

—Approved changing municipal court sessions for the first, second, third and fourth Tuesday of the month at 3:30 p.m., beginning in March.

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