Beautification Board
Mission Statement :

The Arab Beautification Board has a broad mission to promote the welfare and beautification of the City of Arab. The board also serves as the official Tree Commission for the city.

General Information :
  • Katie B. Jones, Local Coordinator,
  • 740 N. Main Street, Arab, AL 35016
  • Phone: (256)586-3544 · Fax: (256) 586-9711

Meetings :

Regular board meetings are held at 6:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month at the Arab City Hall, unless re-scheduled. Call ahead to verify specific meeting date.

Terms :

The board is comprised of nine (9) members appointed by the City Council. Members serve three (3) year staggered terms.

Functions, duties, responsibilities :

The Arab Beautification Board was established in 1974 and appointed as the Tree Commission in 1989. Besides general objectives, the board has created several specific projects including an annual "Yards of the Month" program for both businesses and residences. A tree planting program as part of its Arbor Day celebration is a Tree Commission activity. The Beautification Board also identifies specific public landscaping projects – recommending them to the City Council for completion.

Board of Education
Mission Statement :

The Arab City Board of Education is committed to providing excellence in academics and extracurricular programs for grades K-12. Through individual attention to students’ needs, a highly qualified teaching staff, modern facilities and strong community involvement, the Arab City Board of Education is committed to providing students with the skills necessary for a successful future.

General Information :
  • John Mullins, Superintendent
  • Office: 750 Arabian Dr., N. E.
  • Mailing: P. O. Box 740
  • Arab, AL 35016
  • Phone: (256) 586-6011 · FAX: (256) 586-6013

Meetings :

Regular board meetings are held at 6:00 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month at the Arab Board of Education building (above address) unless re-scheduled. Call ahead to verify specific meeting date.

Terms :

The board is comprised of five (5) members appointed by the City Council. Members serve five (5) year staggered terms.

Functions, duties, responsibilities :

The Arab Board of Education is a corporate board charged with operating and maintaining the city’s school system. The system is comprised of four schools: a primary school, an elementary school, a junior high school and a high school. The Arab City School System is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), a national accreditation system. The board establishes policies, curriculum, budgetary controls and general supervision over approximately 200 faculty, 12 administrators, 112 support personnel, and nearly 2,600 students.

Commercial Development Authority
General Information:
  • Melissa Cook
  • 740 North Main Street, Arab, AL 35016
  • Phone: (256) 586-3544 ext. 1009 Fax: (256) 586-9711

Meetings :

Second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 am.

Terms :

Five (5) members are appointed by the City Council. Members serve four (4) year staggered terms.

Functions, duties, responsibilities :

The Arab Commercial Development Authority is established and functions in accordance with Section 11-54-170 through 11-54-192, Code of Alabama, 1975. The Commercial Development Authority has the authority to acquire, own, and lease projects to promote trade and commerce by inducing commercial enterprises to locate new facilities and expand existing facilities.

Construction Board of Appeals
Mission Statement :

The Arab Construction Board of Appeals is concerned with appeals of decisions and building code interpretations made by the City’s Building Inspector.

General Information :
  • Dameon Pittenger, Building Inspector
  • 740 North Main Street Arab, AL 35016
  • Phone: (256) 586-5968 · Fax: (256) 586-9711

Meetings :

Board meetings are held on an "as needed" basis, upon filing of an appeal or at the request of the Building Inspector.

Terms :

Seven (7) members and two (2) alternate members are appointed by the City Council. Members serve four (4) year staggered terms.

Functions, duties, responsibilities :

The Arab Construction Board of Appeals is established and functions in accordance with requirements of the Standard Building Code enforced by the City. This board also serves as an Unsafe Structures Board to review structural condemnation recommendations by the Building Inspector.

Emergency Management
General Information :
  • Ricky Phillips, Director
  • 740 North Main Street, Arab, AL 35016
  • Phone: (256) 586-8128

Meetings :

Board meetings are held on an "as-needed" basis as requested by the EMA chairman.

Terms :

Members are appointed by the mayor for an unspecified term.

Functions, duties, responsibilities :

The City of Arab Emergency Management Agency is an organization of City departments and members of a volunteer Rescue Squad appointed by the Mayor. The Agency serves two primary functions: (1) to develop a plan designed to reduce the impact of disasters on our community and its citizens through proper planning, training and exercises; and, (2) to coordinate governmental and non-governmental organizations in the protection and care of the citizens of Arab during and after a disaster.

Emergency Siren Warning System:

The Emergency Management Agency operates and maintains a system of emergency warning sirens. Sites located throughout the city offer not only warning sirens when an emergency occurs, but provide verbal instructions to those in the vicinity of each siren/speaker. These instructions are designed to assist citizens in what to do and where to go in the face of an emergency.

Emergency Fund Relief
  • Pace Whitaker
  • Phone: (256) 586-3544
Historic Preservation Commission
Mission Statement :

The Arab Historic Preservation Commission has a broad mission to promote and insure the historical, cultural and aesthetic heritage of the City of Arab. The Arab Historic Preservation Commission is endeavoring to keep for future generations what is significant from their community’s past.

General Information :
  • Kim Johnson, Local Coordinator
  • Office: 740 North Main St. Arab, AL 35016
  • Phone: (256) 586-5968 FAX: (256) 586-9711

Meetings :

The Arab Historic Preservation Commission meets at Arab City Hall, 740 North Main Street, at 6:00 p.m., every second Tuesday of each month.

COA & Map:
A printable COA and map is located under the Living in Arab/Historic Preservation tab

Terms :

Initial members are appointed by the Mayor and subsequent members are appointed by the Arab City Council. Members serve three (3) year staggered terms.

Functions, duties, responsibilities :

The Arab Historic Preservation Commission was established in January, 2013, in order to provide for the designation, protection, preservation and rehabilitation of historic properties and historic districts and to participate in federal or state programs. The “This Place Matters” program was launched to recognize specific historic buildings and places, and to increase public awareness of the importance of preserving Arab’s history. Some of Arab’s most historic treasures have already been lost, due to neglect or other causes.

Housing Authority
Mission Statement :

The Arab Housing Authority has a broad mission to provide housing to low and moderate income families and the elderly.

General Information :
  • Cathy Hallman, Director
  • 720 Cullman Road, Arab, AL 35016
  • Phone: (256) 586-5904

Meetings :

This board meets at the above address at 7:00 p.m., every third Monday of January, April, July and October. An annual meeting is held June 30.

Terms :

The board is comprised of five (5) members appointed by the Mayor. Members serve five (5) year staggered terms.

Functions, duties, responsibilities :

The Arab Housing Authority was established in 1950, with a primary function of providing decent, safe and sanitary housing for low and moderate income families, and for the elderly under guidelines established by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Authority owns, operates and maintains two housing projects with a total of 174 apartment dwelling units.

Industrial Board
Mission Statement :

The Arab Industrial Development Board is concerned with the promotion and support of industrial and economic development of the community through marketing and acquisition of sites for industrial prospects interested in locating in Arab.

General Information :
  • Melissa Cook
  • 740 North Main Street, Arab, AL 35016
  • Phone: (256) 586-3544 ext. 1009 Fax: (256) 586-9711

Meetings :

This board meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 am at the Arab Chamber of Commerce, 1157 North Main Street.

Terms :

Members are appointed by the City Council. Members serve four (4) year staggered terms. Council Member Chris McNeese serves as council liasion to this board.

Functions, duties, responsibilities :

The Arab Industrial Development Board is a corporate board which was established and functions in accordance with State law (Sec, 11-54-80 through 11-54-101). Additional statutes authorize the board to issue bonds for the purchase and development of industrial property. Such projects may be equipped, sold or leased to manufacturers within statutory guidelines.

Library Board
Mission Statement :

The Arab Library Board has a broad mission to establish and over see general public library policies.

General Information :
  • Kathy Handle, Director
  • 325 Second St., N. W., Arab, AL 35016
  • Phone: (256) 586-3366 · Announcement Line: (256) 931-7266

Meetings :

The Arab Library Board meets at the public library at 9:00 a.m. every other month beginning in January. The board meets on the third Tuesday of the months they do meet. Those wishing to attend should call the Library Director to ensure that the board is meeting on its regular scheduled date.

Terms :

The board is comprised of five (5) members appointed by the City Council. Members serve four (4) year staggered terms.

Functions, duties, responsibilities :

The Arab Library Board was created to oversee general public library policies and to submit annual library recommendations to the Mayor during the City’s budget preparation.

Personnel Grievance Board
Mission Statement :

The Personnel Grievance Board has a broad mission to promote fairness to all those involved in a grievance process regarding the City and its employees, and to advise the City regarding personnel problems.

General Information :
  • Patti Patterson, Personnel Director
  • 740 N. Main Street, Arab, AL 35016
  • Phone: (256) 586-8128 · Fax: (256) 586-9711

Meetings :

This board meets on a called basis whenever a City employee has filed a personnel grievance.

Terms :

The board is comprised of three (3) members appointed by the City Council. Members serve three (3) year staggered terms.

Functions, duties, and responsibilities :

The Personnel Grievance Board was established in 1991, at the same time the City Council adopted a new Personnel Policy for its employees. The primary duties and functions of the board are part of the Personnel Policy, and include not only the scheduling and hearing of personnel grievances, but also to act in an advisory capacity to the Mayor and City Council on problems concerning personnel administration.

Planning Commission
Mission Statement :

Implement growth policies, ordinances, and State Statutes designed to enhance and protect the general health, safety and welfare of the community.

General Information :
  • Kim Johnson
  • 740 North Main Street, Arab, AL 35016
  • Phone: (256) 586-5968 · Fax: (256) 586-9711

Meetings :

Regular board meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. on the third Tuesday every month at the Arab City Hall Courtroom. (Call City Hall for any changes or special meetings.)

Terms :

The board is comprised of a total of nine members. Six of these members are usually appointed by the Mayor and serve six years. The Mayor (or his replacement), Administrative Officer and City Council Member serve during time in office.

Functions, duties, responsibilities :

The Arab City Planning Commission specifically makes rezoning recommendations to the City Council, gives final approval of new subdivisions, approves and revises elements of comprehensive plan, and makes zoning code revision recommendations to the City Council.

Sewer Board
Mission Statement :

The Arab Sewer Board is committed to providing adequate and efficient sanitary sewer service to as many businesses and residences as possible in the Arab area.

General Information :
  • John Barnes, Manager
  • 526 Cullman Road, Arab, AL 35016
  • Office: (256) 586-6148 · Plants: 586-5898; 586-1703

Meetings :

Regular board meetings are held at 8:00 a.m. on the second Tuesday of every month at the Arab Water Works building (above address) unless re-scheduled. Call ahead to verify specific meeting date.

Terms :

The board is comprised of three (3) members appointed by the City Council. Members serve six (6) year staggered terms.

Functions, duties, responsibilities :

The Arab Sewer Board is a corporate board charged with operating and maintaining the city’s sanitary sewer system under guidelines established by its charter and State and Federal environmental standards. The board has its own staff qualified to operate its two treatment plants and maintain lines extending throughout the community. Those residents and businesses receiving sewer service pay charges as part of their water utility bill.

Water Board
Mission Statement :

The Arab Water Board is committed to providing an adequate supply of potable water to customers throughout the City of Arab and the surrounding area.

General Information :
  • Ted Hyatt, Manager
  • 526 Cullman Road, Arab, AL 35016
  • Phone: (256)586-3159

Meetings :

Regular board meetings are held at 6:00 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Arab Water Works building (above address) unless re-scheduled. Call ahead to verify specific meeting date. To be on the agenda call ahead one week in advance of the meeting.

Terms :

The board is comprised of three (3) members appointed by the City Council. Members serve six (6) year staggered terms.

Functions, duties, responsibilities :

The Arab Water Board is a corporate board charged with operating and maintaining a potable water system under guidelines established by its charter and State and Federal environmental standards. The board has its own staff qualified to operate its treatment plant and to extend and maintain water lines for residential, business and industrial use, as well as fire protection. Besides serving customers inside the city limits, the board services a broad region outside the city, and "wholesales" water to several other small communities nearby. The Water Board billing includes its own user charges, as well as those established by the Arab Sewer Board. It also includes a majority of the solid waste collection fees collected on behalf of the City of Arab.

Zoning Board of Adjustment
General Information :
  • Kim Johnson
  • 740 North Main Street, Arab, AL 35016
  • Phone: (256) 586-5968 · FAX: (256) 586-9711
Meetings :

Meetings are on a called basis whenever a petition is filed by a citizen or property owner for a specific appeal action. Notice for a petition hearing is published in the legal section of the Arab Tribune.

Terms :

Members appointed by the City Council and serve a term of 3 years.

Functions, duties, responsibilities :

The Zoning Board of Adjustment consists of five regular members and two alternate members who: (1) consider appeals or variances from the requirements of the City zoning regulations; (2) review requests for special exceptions; and, (3) review appeals from City zoning administrator decisions.