In the absence of Mayor Tony Wilkie, Mayor Pro-Tem Bess Yarbrough presided over the meeting. The council approved the minutes from their previous two meetings and also approved bills for payments.
Department Heads also presented their quarterly reports which included Building Inspector Raymond Matthews, Fire Chief Will Gardner, Police Chief Kirk Blankenship, Parks/Rec. Director Charles Glazner and Streets & Sanitation Supervisor Bobby Paul.
Several appointments to the JFK/Hatcher Center Committee were tabled until such time the Parks/Recreation Committee to meet to further discuss the rules and guidelines for the facility. That meeting will take place on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. in the council chambers.
Parks and Recreation Director Charles Glazner announced that there are three girls’ softball teams that will be playing in the state all star tournaments and the council voted to allot $1,500 per team to go toward hotel accommodations for the tournament.
In other business, the council also approved the purchase of new in car laptops and printers for the police department which totaled just over $9,000. Chief Kirk Blankenship said that most of their computers are well over 10 years old and in dire need of being replaced. Those computers are used on a regular basis for traffic tickets, Incident/Offense reports, arrest reports, accident reports in addition to other programs used by officers on a daily basis.
The council also approved the purchase of a five ton air-conditioning unit for the fire station in the amount of $4,800. That purchase is pending that a spare unit the city currently has will not work, Building Inspector Raymond and Fire Chief Will Gardner will be further looking into the matter.
An agreement was awarded to Tony Chandler Tree Services to remove several dead trees in the city park, Streets & Sanitation Supervisor Bobby Paul said that there are approximately 30 or more trees to be removed. The city will pay Chandler at a rate of $150 per tree.
Christie and James Pickard who are Missionaries with Game Life 123 in Etowah County addressed the council to request permission to use the city park for a backyard bible club program. The program offers games for children in addition to bible lessons. There is no admission for the program. The dates will be July 16, 17 & 18 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.