Lee Perryman with Marble City Media LLC entered into an agreement with the county to pay $500 a month to rent equipment space at the tower in order to bring an FM radio station, WYEA, to Sylacauga and the surrounding area.
“This gives us a business that can grow, but also give back to the community,” District 5 Commissioner Greg Atkinson said. “We’re utilizing space on the tower that was not generating any revenue for the county. The contract is such to where if we have need or a higher bid, we can rescind the contract or he can match the need. This is truly a win-win situation for both parties.
“He’s done a tremendous job in the telecommunications industry,” Atkinson said. “He’s been looking for ways to give back to the community. He’s training a lot of younger people and he’s going to start giving out five scholarships to high school students in the county.”
Perryman could be not reached for comment at press time regarding the launch of the FM station.
District 1 Commissioner Jackie Swinford was out of town and did not attend the meeting.
In other business, the commission:
• Voted 3-0 to approve the Nov. 18 meeting minutes. District 4 Commissioner Jimmy Roberson abstained from voting.
• Voted 3-0 to approve the Dec. 9 meeting minutes. District 2 Commissioner John Luker abstained from voting.
• Unanimously approved granting permission to Talladega County Emergency Management Agency alert notification manager Scott Murphree to purchase a bucket truck following an inspection by a mechanic from the Road Department. Murphree received bids for two bucket trucks, both under the proposed $32,000 allotted for the purchase.
• Voted 4-0 to approve budget amendments presented by commission chief financial officer Cynthia Harkness.
O Unanimously approved conference training requests presented by Harkness. The request allows the Revenue Department to send employees Sally Flowers and Carol Garrett to the Association of Tax Administrators Conference in Prattville Jan. 15-16.
• Voted 4-0 to approve the resignations of three employees, including Talladega County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Eric Gray effective Dec. 13, Talladega County Jail Corrections Officer Mickel Sutton effective Dec. 23 and Corrections Officer Susan Curtis effective Dec. 17.
• Unanimously approved hiring three new employees — Arthur McCray, Todd Trammell and Mark Gallahar — to the Road Department effective Dec. 29. All new hires were included in the Fiscal Year 2014 budget.
• Voted 4-0 to approve expenditures.
• Announced county offices will be closed today in observance of the New Year.
• Announced the next commission meeting will be held Jan. 13 at 6 p.m.
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