Haleyville City Council

The Haleyville City Council met Monday with all members present. At the invitation of Mayor Sunseri, Alabama State Representative Tracy Estes was present to inform the Mayor and Council on his knowledge of the proposed state gas tax. He stated it was not in its final form and most likely would have amendments added both in the House and the Senate before it was ready to be passed. He stated he was not for or against the proposed tax bill and would not make a decision until he sees the final version.

Haleyville Police Chief Kyle Reogas and Investigator Tim Steine gave reports on the activity of the Police Department for the month of February. Chief Reogas stated the department had 28 incidents of offenses filed,  investigated 9 traffic accidents, 3 courtesy reports of accidents on private property, 116 citations were issued, 27% of which were for no insurance, 23% were for drivers license violations (either expired or revoked). Seventeen percent of the 116 were for speeding. Thirty-eight individuals were arrested for criminal charges. Of the 38 arrested, Reogas pointed out 45% were not from the Haleyville area. Forty-eight percent of the arrests were drug-related. Chief Reogas stated there is a drug problem in our city and he did not know what to do about it. “No one knows,” he said.

Lieutenant Steine stated the District Attorney has changed the requirements to make a felony arrest which now requires more paperwork and time to put together a report. Steine reported that 16 indictments were handed down in last week’s Grand Jury on cases he has been working on which was more than any other agency in Winston County. These included several assaults and several thefts, receiving stolen property, and fraudulent use of credit cards. He stated part of Haleyville is in Marion County, so he has to work cases in Marion County as well. Other cases he said he is presently working on is a missing person case, two forges, and one embezzlement case.

The Council did not pass a resolution in support of the proposed state gasoline tax.

The Council approved a contract with the Prema Corporation for city revenue collections. This company will replace RDS whose contract with the city was terminated at the last council meeting.

Mayor Sunseri announced the hiring of 7 people as lifeguards for the summer at the Haleyville Pool.

The next Council meeting will be on Monday, March 18 at 5:30 p.m. at the Haleyville City Hall.