Following the resignation of a city police officer, the Piedmont City Council, on Tuesday, agreed to allow Chief Freddie Norton to seek a certified replacement.
The department, which has already been short handed due to an officer being on sick leave, filled another vacancy as recently as last week. This was due to a resignation in 2014.
Norton said that the department will post the job opening for a certified officer later this week. He added that the hopes to make a hire within two weeks.
Unable to receive a unanimous vote, an ordinance concerning the terms of a $1.4 million loan to cover the recently passed water treatment facility upgrades failed to pass. The ordinance will be presented again at the next council meeting, which at that point will only require a simple majority vote to pass.
Shelia Cochran and Susan Glover were appointed to the Library Board, while Sharon Carter was reappointed to the board.
The council accepted a low bid of $10,984 to replace the carpet and tile in the city hall. The work will be paid from the court fund.
The council also agreed to reconsider Council Member Frank Cobb’s two-cent gas tax increase during the January 19th council meeting. In a 4-3 vote, the council previously voted against the measure, which would have been used to pave city streets.
Bills for payment were approved in the amount of $340,837.92 in addition to a payroll amount of $117,003.44 for a total of $457,841.36.
Also, the 2016 Holiday Schedule was approved for city employees.
The next regular Piedmont City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 5th, at 6 pm.