CARBON HILL - District 1 Councilman McClain Burrough showed up for Thursday night's Carbon Hill City Council meeting, heading off removal from the council had he posted two more …
CARBON HILL - District 1 Councilman McClain Burrough showed up for Thursday night's Carbon Hill City Council meeting, heading off removal from the council had he posted two more absences.
Burrough came a few minutes late after reports from department heads had been made and the council had already started an executive session. He went into the executive session and later participated in the public meeting.
Had he not arrived, it would have been the third meeting in a row with three members absent. District 3 Councilwoman April Kennedy Herron had a rare absence that night. District 5 Councilman Jason Chambers, who has missed several meetings but attended the last meeting, was absent.
Burrough had not attended any meetings since Dec. 14, when he said he might have to come in late to council meetings in the wake of the council’s decision that night not to move its meeting time to 7 p.m., as he requested. He said he changed jobs and could not come at 6 p.m. to the meetings.
City Clerk Nanette Brown had said based on missing meetings in January and February, if Burrough missed the council meetings in March, he would be removed from office. State law indicates if a councilman or mayor is removed after failing to attend any council meetings for 90 consecutive days, including special meetings.
District 4 Councilman Chandler Gann, District 2 Councilman Clarence Colbert and District 6 Councilman Brandon Tannehill also showed up for Thursday's meeting.
In other action, the council:
• Heard a garbage truck is still in the shop, although the part is under warranty.
• Heard Mayor Mark Chambers ask Street Superintendent Alan May to repair some playground equipment at the Little League fields.
• Held a executive session to discuss the good name and character of an employee.
• Declined to sign with Byars Insurance to be the city's agent for insurance purposes, as a motion to do so failed to be moved by the four present council members. Chambers said after the meeting that Cordova Mayor Drew Gilbert, who works for Byars, had proposed the city switch from the insurance offered by the Alabama League of Municipalities. Chambers said the city will stay with the League until the city's contract with them runs out, at which time city officials will look into it again.
"The council just didn't want to break the contract with AMIC (Alabama Municipal Insurance Corporation) because you would pay a fine," Chambers said. "You would have to pay back the discounts you've got. It would be in the neighborhood of $8,000. Then by the time you paid the fees signing up with them, it would really be a loss of a chunk of change.
"I think we're going to wait until this contract is up. We have two years left, and then we'll revisit that. We'll probably go with it then.
No discussion was held before the vote, which came after an executive session. However, Chambers said the discussion did not come up during the executive session, but during a series of individual meetings with council members over time.
"We've been talking individually for weeks on it," he said, for about a month and a half.
• Voted to hire Larry Smith as the pool director, as he was the only applicant. The council also hired a number of lifeguards, including Addison Alexander, Brandon "Ty" Brooks, Hanna Chambers, Deanna Diveto, Carson McGinnis and Jevadiah Windham.
• Agreed to accept applications until April 11 to replace Charles Tune on the Carbon Hill Utilities Board, as his term will end on March 12.
• Received a resolution to make some events part of the Alabama bicentennial, as that will also open the way for the Hillfest Festival to get a possible grant of $2,500 and $3,000. The resolution will be brought up for a vote at the next meeting on March 22.
• Heard Chambers say a delegation which wanted a follow up meeting with the council about a proposed mining operation could not make it to the meeting and wanted to be put on the agenda for the next meeting.
• Talked about start working about the pavilion in the lot across from Carbon Hill City Hall after rains subside. Chambers said he has talked to a couple of contractors, and a couple of people had also turned in some ideas in drawings.