Council OKs items on meeting agenda
by Elane Jones
May 16, 2014 | 1708 views | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend | print
PARRISH — During Tuesday’s council meeting, members of the Parrish Town Council voted to send the town’s police chief and school resource officer to upcoming conferences, set an opening date and prices for the town’s splash pad and amended an ordinance concerning vicious dogs.

After the council approved the police report from Parrish Police Chief Roderick McConico, it also approved sending him to the Alabama Police Chief’s Summer Conference in Orange Beach in June.

“We have two conferences a year, one in the summer and one in the winter, and its all a part of our police chief’s continuing education hours,” McConico said. “We get to talk with police chiefs from all across the state of Alabama, share ideas and promote our cities and towns.”

The Parrish Police Department’s School Resource Officer, Steve Yarbrough, also asked for the council’s approval to attend a School Resource Officer’s training session June 1 in Gulf Shores.

“I’m a member of the national School Resource Officer’s Association and this is a repeat conference from last year, but this conference will offer different training from what I received last year,” Yarbrough said. “It will also help me with getting my certification as a school resource officer practitioner.”

Parrish Mayor Cedric Ramsey also asked the council members for their assistance in promoting the town’s Senior Center, which is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

“There may be some senior citizens living in our community who don’t know about our Senior Center, and I’d hate for them to miss out on what the center has to offer,” Ramsey said. “I know they offer a meal each day for $2 for seniors 60 and older, as well as other activities. We need to be sure we get the word out to our seniors who might want to take advantage of the program.”

The council also discussed and approved the opening date for the town’s splash pad and set new prices for this year.

The splash pad will open Saturday, May 24, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and the new admission price will be $3 per person and $1 for a parent accompanying a child 16 and under.

The rate to rent the park for parties remains at $200 for two hours, and the council also approved a new group rate, which will be $2 per person for a group of 10 or more.

There was some discussion about offering season passes for the splash pad, but the council decided to tabled the discussion until its next work session.

The council also voted to amend the wording in several parts of the town’s animal ordinance concerning vicious dogs and place the amended ordinance at various locations around town so citizens could familiarize themselves with the new amendments.

“If you live within the city limits of Parrish and you own a dog, you are required to keep that dog secure, whether on a leash or chain or in a secure area, at all times while the dog is outside,” Ramsey said. “You could be held responsible for the dog’s actions.”

Ramsey said 69 stray dogs had been removed from the community so far, and plans are being made to stay on top of the town’s stray animal problem as well.

“It’s also grass cutting season and we will be enforcing the town’s ordinance on maintaining property as well,” Ramsey said. “Overgrown property creates all kinds of hazards and we want to avoid that if at all possible.”

Before the meeting adjourned, the council also approved paying the town’s bills and agreed to participate in the 2014 back-to-school sale tax holiday being held this year Aug. 1-3.