Sumiton council completes pay raises
by Rachel Davis
Dec 18, 2013 | 1325 views | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SUMITON — The Sumiton City Council met Tuesday morning and agreed on a salary for the police chief and assistant chief. Those were the only two positions left out of the raise/pay scale changes that were passed at the last meeting.

Beginning the first of the year, Police Chief T.J. Burnett will make $50,000 a year and Assistant Police Chief Scott Karr will make $45,000. The city previously set new pay rates for the city’s police officers, dispatchers and jailers, as well as passing a 5 percent raise for all other city employees.

In other business:

•The council approved a resolution from the last meeting that involved a local resident who wanted his property annexed into the city.

•The council also approved a resolution to participate in the severe weather preparedness sales tax holiday that will occur statewide from Feb. 21 to Feb. 23.

•The council also approved a resolution to allow Mayor Petey Ellis to enter into an agreement with a construction company to begin construction on the city’s walking track.

The winning bid came in more than $5,000 under the amount available for the project through the Rails to Trails grant the city received.

•Sumiton Fire Chief David Waid updated the council on the city’s annual Toys for Tots program, which is still under the amount of funding needed to provide toys to the needy children in the community.

The firefighters have raised approximately $12,000 so far. Ellis said the city will help the fire department with the difference, as it has before.

The city will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday for Christmas Eve and Christmas. The next regular council meeting will be Jan. 7 at 9 a.m.