Although they did not have a location chosen for the sign, City Clerk Marcy Brown found a grant for $2,000 for the placement of a sign, but the estimate for the brick sign was $4,100, leaving the city to pay the remaining balance.
The council originally wanted to place the sign at the intersection of Sharon Boulevard and Highway 78, but the state will only allow signs with breakaway posts on their right-of-way because of safety concerns if a motorist crashes into it. The proposed brick sign would not meet that standard.
The council had to agree to pay any amount in excess of the $2,000 grant for the sign before sending the grant application. They decided to approved up to an additional $3,500 for the project.
In other business, the council:
•approved having the newly-purchased police car outfitted with lights and moving a radio into the vehicle from a car that is being retired. Council members George Sides and Betty Sander voted against the item.
•approved having Gunter Body Shop stripe two police cars, the new vehicle and one existing vehicle. Sides and Sander voted against the item.
•approved sending Sgt. Jared Hall to Tuscaloosa to complete a leadership training class.
•approved joining an international police chief’s association. Council members Richard Lovelady and Hezikiah Walker voted against it.
•discussed the possibility of revamping the city’s park. Sides said they are facing a much-needed renovation of the concession stand, but Stephens said he would like to consider a plan that might turn the fields into a complex with a centrally-located concession stand. Sides said he would look into the options and reach out to other municipalities that had recently constructed similar complexes for a price estimate.
Sides also brought up the reappointment of Gas and Water Board member Arthur Lee Taylor, whose term expires this year. He suggested reappointing Taylor for another six-year term. Stephens told him it was out of order because the item was not on the agenda for the meeting. Sides said a council member had a right to bring up any other issue, not on the agenda for a vote. Stephens entertained a motion to adjourn from Clyde Nix and dismissed the meeting without a vote on Sides’ motion, which was seconded by Walker.
Council members Gary Thomas and Robbie Busby were not present for the meeting.