The council voted to replace the aging tractor, used for grass cutting on city roadways, that has been a near-constant problem for the city. The new tractor is a John Deere and will cost approximately $39,000. The money will be taken from the city’s money market account.
The council also voted to purchase a new Tahoe for the police department. That vehicle will cost $25,000 and will be paid for out of the court account. The council will later approve the police extras that the vehicle will need.
The council also voted to repair one of the police department’s Impalas. The vehicle needs wipers, brakes, exhaust work and a tire balance.
In other business:
•Old business matters of additional security cameras for city hall and a police chief contract were once again tabled.
•Mayor Randy Stephens asked for a $2-per-hour raise for Lisa Barrett, the part-time administrative assistant who has been working extra hours in the absence of a city clerk.
The raise passed six to two, with George Sides Jr. and Betty Sanders dissenting. The pay rate will remain in effect until a new clerk is hired.
•The council approved sending Police Chief John Duchock to a police chief conference in Knoxville, Tenn.
•Council member Hezikiah Walker asked for an inventory of items in the street department and fire department
•The mayor and council thanked Steven Aderholt for helping the city with the grass cutting while the tractor has been out of commission.