As part of their action agenda during the Tuesday, October 3rd regular meeting, the Childersburg City Council approved Resolution 2017-20, which guarantees matching funds for a state grant the Historical Preservation Commission applied for to enhance the park trail system for mountain bikes. The city’s 20-percent match, if the grant is awarded, would be $50,000. However, much of that match will take the form of in-kind work and sweat equity in the trail project.
In other business, the Council approved Susie Wimmer as Animal Control Officer, assigned to the Police Department as a full-time permanent employee at $10 per hour.
The Council voted to support the Childersburg Middle School’s S.T.E.M. educational camp with a one-time $250 appropriation.
Approval was given to transfer Anthony Murphy from the Street Department to the Parks & Recreation Department for building and grounds maintenance, as well as athletic programs support.
The Council also approved advertising for a CDL Driver for the Street Department.
Training expenses were approved for Shirley Shepherd and Aimee Burnette to attend a magistrate maintenance class in Montgomery on December 1st. Those expenses include a $50 registration fee each, as well as mileage reimbursement.
During the Town Hall portion of the meeting, Mayor Ken Wesson introduced three Chamber Ambassadors in attendance, Aleana Cribbs and Ashley Frye from Fayetteville High School, and Miranda Brunn from Childersburg High.
“Christmas in the Pines” announced that would be holding a job fair at the Limbaugh Community Center on Wednesday, October 18th from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. They intend to hire 40 to 45 workers to carry out various jobs at the seasonal event from November 17th through December 3rd.
Mayor Wesson pointed to several on-going projects. Paving is expected to be completed this week in the lot adjacent to the Rainwater Library on 1st Street. Wesson added that response has been positive from the majority of the nuissance ordinance letters in recent months, “I have noticed work being done to correct several bad situations.” Many in attendance expressed the need to continue anti-litter and other efforts to create a more attractive community.
Wesson also noted that a purchase order is expected to be issued this week on new police cars for an early December delivery, “I’d like to thank Renasant Bank for their work in helping us arrange, by far, the best financing rate on those new vehicles. It’s great to keep that business in town.”
The mayor also noted that another new garbage truck is expected to arrive in the same time frame as the police cars and that the City is working on another new ambulance, as well.
Several community events were highlighted during the town hall meeting:
The Pink-O-Ween Chili Cook-Off from Renasant Bank & a host of community partners. It’s a fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation that will be held on Friday, October 13th!
Also, the Childersburg Water Sewer Gas Board is holding their annual Natural Gas Awareness Day on Thursday, October 5th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with free food, drinks, and lots of valuable information for their customers!