Council OKs request to hire police dispatchers
by Elane Jones
Jul 13, 2013 | 2223 views | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Carbon Hill — Members of the Carbon Hill City Council went into an executive session immediately following roll call Thursday evening before taking care of the business listed on their regular monthly agenda.

When Carbon Hill Mayor James “PeeWee” Richardson, and council members Sandra Garrison (District 1), Terry Mason (District 3), Ken “Sarge” Blankensopp (District 4), James L. Pendley (District 5) and Jimbo Bray (District 6) returned from the executive session, they addressed the items on the agenda which turned out to be only a few things regarding the city’s fire and police departments.

The council unanimously approved a motion to add Lawrence Smith as a signer to the Carbon Hill Fire Department checking account at the First of Bank of Hamilton.

Council members also approved a motion to hire Brittany Chambers and Lyle Meadows as part-time dispatchers for the Carbon Hill Police Department.

The council listened to reports from each of the city’s department heads to which they voted, and they responded to several request made by Carbon Hill Police Chief Ron Colburn and Carbon Hill Fire Chief Lawrence “Buddy” Smith.

Colburn asked the council’s approval on the following items:

•Purchase tires for his patrol car to make it road-worthy for his trip to the Alabama Police Chief Conference.

•Send patrol car to the shop for repairs.

•Permission to release a newly-hired patrol officer from duty with the City of Carbon Hill.

•Hire a full-time patrol officer.

The council approved the purchase of the tires and the repairs for the patrol cars, followed Colburn’s recommendation to give the patrol officer in question due process, which Pendley reminded his fellow council members was the police chief’s job anyway.

The council tabled the issue regarding the hiring of a full-time officer until the next council meeting.

Lawrence asked for the council’s approval to purchase two new tires and batteries for the fire department’s 1990 fire engine. He also informed the mayor and council that the fire department had also ordered new patches and T-shirts for members of the department.

Blankensopp made the motion that the fire department be allowed to purchase the batteries and the tires, which was unanimously approved by the council.

Lawrence, who is also employed by the city as a police dispatcher, informed the council about a problem regarding a water leak in the city’s jail.

“It’s going to be a problem to fix, because the pipes that are leaking are inside a concrete block wall,” Lawrence said. “The city will have to hire someone to do the work, because it’s beyond anything any of us (city employees) can do ourselves.”

The council approved hiring someone to repair the leak in the city’s jail before it caused anymore problems or became a safety issue.

Garrison informed council members about the progress being made regarding the city’s Hillfest event being held Sept. 20-21, and Mason talked about changes being made to the design of the miners monument in front of City Hall.