According to Mayor Susan Crim, the facilities previously held an internet service contract with HughesNet with the town paying $100 a month, 150-percent higher than the new deal with Verizon.
“I’m just tickled pink with Verizon at the moment,” Crim said. “In addition to the government rate we were given, we will not be charged any equipment fees.”
The deal will save the town roughly $720 annually.
The council also voted to purchase two 3-foot by 5-foot flags — one U.S. flag and one Alabama flag — for display on the town’s flagpole.
But the town won’t have to foot the bill for these flags to be acquired through Alabama Industries for the Blind for $28.75 apiece.
Crim said the town received a letter from a man named Frank Randall, who offered to pay for the flags as a way to honor his loved ones who passed away and served in the military.
“He sent the check and said he would to pay for our flags,” Crim said. “He read the article in the newspaper. He said he had family that was in the (U.S.) Navy and served in the Korean War. They’re buried here in Talladega. He would very much like to purchase our flags for us.”
In appreciation of Randall’s offer, Crim suggested the letter Randall sent be displayed on the Waldo Water Department’s wall so people could come by and see Randall’s gesture.
“I think it was very nice and thoughtful of him (to make that offer),” Crim said.
In other business:
O The council approved the Jan. 6 meeting minutes.
O The council voted 4-0 to allow Crim to find out how to transfer vehicles to the Waldo Volunteer Fire Department. Crim said the vehicles in question were purchased with fire department funds five years ago before the department was forced to incorporate separately from the town. Council member Larry Hurst abstained due to his affiliation with the fire department.
O The council approved increasing business license issuance fees by $12 in order to be uniform with neighboring municipalities’ fees. The new business license fee of $37 will be implemented in 2015.
O Crim informed the council Regions Bank has been charging an analysis fee to various town accounts, resulting in a $75 loss. Crim said those fees typically only applying to businesses or entities who spend more than $10,000 in a given month and she would talk to the bank and attempt to resolve the issue.
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