By Sam Poe
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 | 12:04 AM
The Haleyville City Council met for their regularly scheduled meeting Monday evening, and all members were present. The first item on the agenda was the recognition of Tommy Springer as the Veterans of Foreign Wars Firefighter of the Year. Springer was recognized for this honor at the Post 4543, district, state, and national levels. This is Haleyville's first national winner in this division. The following items were also approved.
-regular council minutes from 3/17/14 (Bud Wilson abstained.)
-rezoning request for Valeria Taylor's property from AG-1 to B-3
-one time pay supplement to all regular city employees (Christmas)
-purchase of used truck for Haleyville Park and Recreation (up to $10,000)
-appointment of Jimmy Kent Israel to the Haleyville Water Board (Drew Thrasher abstained.)
Additional information about the one time pay supplement: The supplement will be provided to all regular city employees in the month of December. For part-time employees, it will be $50. For full-time employees, it is $75 plus $10 for every year worked, after one year is completed (as of Dec. 1).
Next, Councilman Thrasher pointed out a couple of issues to be addressed for the Haleyville Police Department. Because of recent compromises to the Microsoft operating systems, the State of Alabama has mandated an upgrade to several of the computer systems used within the department. This will affect eight laptops and four desktops. The upgrades will be covered by court funds, and no money will be needed from the general fund. Also, there are currently three patrol cars that are out of service due to mechanical issues. One has been declared surplus property and can be used for parts, one has a blown engine, and the other has recurring mechanical issues. The Double Springs Police Department recently upgraded to Tahoes, and they are selling three patrol cars (2009, 2007, and 2005 models) that are in very good condition. All three cars can be purchased for a total of $14, 999. The council approved for a mechanic to inspect the cars and for Mayor Sunseri to make the purchase if the cars pass the mechanic's inspection. Mayor Sunseri abstained from this vote.
Finally, the council entered executive session to discuss property for the new fire station, upon sale of the Haleyville City Hall. Jeff Mobley, City Attorney, certified this subject met the requirements for executive session and no further business would be conducted upon completion of the session.
The next regular city council meeting will be Monday, April 21, at 5:30 at the Haleyville City Hall.