Council discusses incident that damaged city hall

By LEA RIZZO, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 8/16/17

SUMITON — The Sumiton City Council kept its meeting short Tuesday morning and discussed few matters, including damages to Sumiton City Hall that occurred during an incident last month.

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Council discusses incident that damaged city hall

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SUMITON — The Sumiton City Council kept its meeting short Tuesday morning and discussed few matters, including damages to Sumiton City Hall that occurred during an incident last month.

On July 6, “we had an issue where a delivery truck tore down the wiring in the back of city hall, therefore taking down the towers and jerking the wires out of the radio communication system. We were without radios for a day or so,” Mayor Petey Ellis explained.

He continued, “This has turned into quite a deal. The roof’s going to have to be replaced on city hall and we’re probably in the $100,000 range.”

Ellis went on to say that the insurance for the truck company said the incident was the city’s fault and they won’t pay for the damages.

“We’re going to turn that over to our insurance company and our attorneys and let them deal with that, and move on with repairs on that,” he concluded.

In other business, council members at Tuesday’s meeting:

•Approved making the fourth payment of the five-year Forward Walker County plan, in the amount of $2,500, to the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County.

•Revisited the discussion related to changing the city’s street lights to LED lights but took no action on the matter.

•Were reminded that the city’s annual Frog Festival is set for Saturday, Oct. 7.