Childersburg City Council approves program for five new police vehicles

The Childersburg City Council had a small but important agenda for their September 19th regular meeting, as they voted to approve Resolution 2017-18, which authorizes Mayor Ken Wesson to procure a lease/purchase agreement from the state bid list for five new police vehicles – three Ford Taurus and two explorers. Following a three year lease term, the City would be able to purchase those vehicles for $1.00 each. The cost will be determined during a planned visit to Stivers Ford in Montgomery.

Another Resolution (2017-19) passed, authorizing the Mayor to enter into a five-year agreement between Coca-Cola and the Childersburg Parks & Recreation Department. Coke will supply scoreboards for various athletic facilities, and Coke will have exclusive product sale rights at those locations.

The Mayor and Council entered into a brief Executive Session to discuss the general physical condition of a City employee. No action was taken on the issue discussed.

The Council gave approval for Tommy Chamberlain to attend the Annual Ambulance Convention held at Orange Beach on September, 26th through 28th. The cost would include lodging, travel, and per diem for meals.

The Historic Preservation Commission requested a $975 allocation for new Christmas decorations as part of a city-wide fund-raising campaign. The Council gave their approval.

The Council approved payment of invoices in the amount of $178,558.16.

During the Town Hall portion of the meeting, Mayor Ken Wesson introduced Miranda Brunn, a Junior at Childersburg High School, serving as a Chamber Ambassador.

Wesson made several appeals to the public. First, he asked that citizens refrain from mixing waste streams for roadside pick-up, “When limbs and other yard waste is mixed with rubbish, it becomes both expensive and cumbersome for our crews to separate them to avoid heavy landfill fees.” He also asked for citizens to help report inoperable street lights, “There is a metal tag on each pole with a number. If you will please call 256-378-5521 and report them so that we can get them fixed as the days are starting to get shorter.”

Monty Powell reported that the Childersburg Historical Committee is going all out this year with lights and decorations, especially along Alabama Highway 76 in the downtown area, “We anticipate literally hundreds of thousands of visitors for the Christmas in the Pines and want to put our best foot forward when they come through our City.”

Mayor Wesson said that he is continuing talks with Talladega County officials on the creation of a “safe swap” zone with a 24-hour camera.

The next regular meeting of the Council will be held on Tuesday, October 3rd at 6:00 p.m.

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