The council approved the recommendation of Police Chief Doug Wesson to hire Brandon Hughes as a full-time officer and Eric Nichols as a part-time officer. Wesson said Hughes comes to the department form Anniston, and Nichols has worked at the Talladega County Sheriff’s Department and the Talladega County Board of Education.
The council will meet again this evening at 5:30 to consider hiring eight or nine new paramedics. The city has received a Homeland Security grant to fill the paramedic positions, and significant work has gone into screening applicants for the department’s 12 vacancies, Mayor B.J. Meeks said.
In another matter, the council approved a three-year plan for its liability insurance, at a cost of $173,636 the first year. The insurance is provided through the Alabama Municipal Insurance Corporation and handled by agent Vicky Morris of The Insurance Place. The new policy takes effect Nov. 1. Morris’s associate, Mandy Rayburn, presented the proposal, and said it’s a 3 percent increase from last year’s rates, but includes increased limits for wind damage. The budget the city passed earlier this month included $175,000 for liability insurance for the coming year.
Council members also approved a rental policy for the city’s Senior Citizen Center. Rates will be $25 per hour after a minimum of two hours, with a deposit of $100 for city residents or $150 for people from out of town. Renters must complete an application, be 21 years old or older, have a valid driver license or state identification card, and reserve the center in advance. The policy also limits the type of decorations that can be used in the building, and prohibits alcohol and tobacco. City clerk Sandra Donahoo said the policy was drawn up about seven years ago but never enacted.
Also Tuesday evening, the council:
Approved spending $150 for pansies and potting soil to be used at the Senior Citizens Center.
Approved spending about $2,200 for two computers for the city’s recreation department, to replace obsolete equipment.
Approved spending $3,150 for repairs to the air conditioning system at the fire department.
Approved monthly invoices.
Waived a business license fee of $160 for Kissel Entertainment for a carnival in the Winn-Dixie parking lot Oct. 31-Nov. 3 that will benefit Cheaha Mental Health Center.
Approved an off-premises beer and wine license for the new Dollar General store at 32300 U.S. 280.
Reappointed Elaine Parker an Tom Jeff Duvall to three-year terms on the Tree Commission, to expire on Sept. 19, 2016.
Reappointed Dianne Newman and Lance Tucker to three-year terms on the Historic Preservation Commission, to expire on Sept. 30, 2016.
Reappointed Joyce Brooks and Audrey Pate to four-year terms on the Library Board, to expire Oct. 1, 2017.
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