Council addresses needs in Street Department

Carbon Hill needs workers to get pool ready

By ED HOWELL
Posted 5/15/19

CARBON HILL — The Carbon Hill City Council agreed Monday to take applications for a full-time street worker and two part-time workers in that department, with some help needed urgently as the city …

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Council addresses needs in Street Department

Carbon Hill needs workers to get pool ready

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CARBON HILL — The Carbon Hill City Council agreed Monday to take applications for a full-time street worker and two part-time workers in that department, with some help needed urgently as the city swimming pool needs work by Memorial Day. 

"I've got two guys out sick and we're real bad short handed right now," Street Superintendent Alan May told the council, noting one is in the hospital and another is waiting on a specialist to look at some tests.

Mayor Mark Chambers said, "Guys, we're going to have to have at least one more with CDL (certification). One of the employees is getting older and he's staying in the hospital a lot. When he is, that leaves Alan May to drive the garbage truck. Then no one is there to pull the back hoe with the other truck and anything. We don't have anyone else qualified to drive the brush truck or the dump truck." 

Street worker Scott Jenkins is interested in getting a CDL license and is studying to take a test for it, May said. Chambers said it still would not hurt for one more besides Jenkins to have a CDL certificate, noting the city had two or three such workers at one time before going to better paying jobs. 

"Also, we're down to one pickup truck," he said. "That is handicapping us to where we can't cut grass. If Alan has to use the truck to see about a falling in sewer line or something, or culverts, then the guys haven't got a way to pull the lawnmowers." 

May said the city's old truck still has issues with a starter or an ignition switch (although he did add the city's garbage truck and backhoe were back from repairs and doing well). He said he had a 2011 Ford F150 four-wheel drive truck from Jasper Auto Sales for the council to look at after the meeting. 

Later, after the meeting, city officials expressed great pleasure in the truck after a test drive, with the mayor saying the engine was good and that it rode well, although he said he would like to change out the tires. 

During the meeting, Chambers said the dealer wanted $9,300 and the mileage on it was 220,000 miles on it. He suggested a motion offering $8,000, pending testing out the vehicle that evening. The council approved the motion to make the offer.

City Clerk Nannette Brown said the city had funds to make the purchase. 

District 3 Councilwoman April Kennedy Herron, District 4 Councilman Chandler Gann and District 5 Councilman Jason Chambers were absent from the meeting.

The mayor also requested taking applications for the full-time employee with CDL experience, plus the two part-time workers. The council gave that approval. 

Asked later in the meeting about the status of the swimming pool, May said it is pressured washed to the deep end. "It has not been cleaned out at the bottom of it yet," he said. "I got the paint today. Right now, I've got one person to work with." 

Chambers said as soon as applications come for the street positions, "we might hire a couple of part-timers real quick where you can get them down there and get it painted." May said the workers could also help with cutting weeds and mowing, and other chores like that. 

Officials were concerned about getting through with repairs before Memorial Day, with weather also a factor. The mayor suggested going ahead with opening on the holiday and also declaring the traditional free swim day for that day. May said he would do the best he could. 

The mayor said if he got a couple of applications "we'll hire them immediately" to start work. Applications may be obtained at City Hall. 

May said no work had been done with the splash pad, but he did not foresee any problems with that attraction. He said grass needs to be cut, a fence repaired and a tank cleaned out and rebuilt. "There should be no major deal with it," he said. 

May also said the department needs some asphalt, gravel and riprap, noting he had a number of washout situations where new dirt will only wash out. Asked what was the biggest priority by the mayor, May said the riprap due to the washouts. He pointed to sites on Dogtown Road and Widows Lane with washout situations. He said the city could haul it, but he didn't know of prices. Chambers asked him to get prices on a couple of loads of riprap, asphalt and gravel.