Childersburg Council completes August meeting schedule

The Childersburg City Council held their second August meeting on Tuesday evening, August 15th at City Hall with the following items on the action agenda:

A pair of full-time, permanent hires were approved – Floyd Jones as an Equipment Operator ($8.85/hr with 6-month probation) for the Street Department & Caleb Williams as a Firefighter/Advanced Medic ($12.42) in the Fire Department.

A third personnel matter, the proposed hire of Rebaka McMahon as a part-time, temporary counselor for the Parks & Recreation Department failed on a 3-2 vote (Robinson, McLain, Twyman against).

Travel/Mileage reimbursement was approved for Susan Carpenter to attend the Library Director’s meeting in Aniston on August 23rd – no registration fee.

The Council approved payment of F.O.P. dues for all 16 staff officers at a cost of $30 each, $480 total.

Approval was given to have Garnet Raymond replace & repair doors damaged by water at the Rainwater Library. The cost is $650 from Fund 14.

The Council approved the purchase of a Kyocera replacement copier from Garing Business for the Fire Department at a cost of $1,786 with a $96 quarterly maintenance fee.

Approval was given to pay $189,537.25 in invoices.

At the end of the regular meeting, the usual Town Hall Meeting was held:

A report was given by Monty Powell, chairman of the Historic Preservation Commission concerning Kymulga Grist Mill Park. Rotting supports on both sides of the Kymulga Bridge have been replaced. The Commission was told to expect a late September official announcement of a $200,000+ grant for the construction of additional trails at the park, including a mountain bike trail. The Commission has applied for a $50,000 historic grant for restoration of the milling equipment inside the Grist Mill, along with other things needed to enhance the operation. A cooperative project to clear 12-miles of Talladega Creek of debris continues with steady progress. Powell also reported that a request has been made to use the park for training purposes, which will mean getting canoes that will be used for recreation purposes as well at the park.

Tom Roberts of the Greater Coosa Valley Chamber of Commerce told those gathered of a Business After Hours event at the new Maggie’s Old House Inn on 9th Avenue, across from the Chamber. It will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 17th. He also announced that the first session of Leadership Greater Coosa Valley will take place on Thursday, August 24th from 8:30 to 12:00 noon. “Childersburg Past, Present, and Future” will include a S.W.O.T. analysis of the city’ strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats as a tool in planning. Roberts also reported a new business networking program, where local businesses team up for unique promotions through social media.

The next regular meeting of the Childersburg City Council will be Tuesday, September 5th at 6:00 p.m. in City Hall.

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