PARRISH - The Parrish Town Council voted on Tuesday to purchase new lawn equipment and a truck for the town's street department totaling no more than $15,976.25.
The lawn equipment, which will be purchased from Artec Tractor & Equipment, includes a Toro Z-Master 4000 52” mower for $7,756.25, two Stihl FS 56 trimmers for $430 and a Cub Cadet SC100 push mower for $290.
The Toro will replace the town's current mower, which is at least six years old and in need of replacement. Featuring a 52” cutting deck, a 25.5 horsepower Kawasaki engine, and 26” Voodoo Trac tires, the mower comes with a five-year or 1,200-hour warranty. The Kawasaki engine has a three-year warranty.
In a work session prior to Tuesday's formal meeting, the council debated between leasing the new equipment from other companies and purchasing it outright. In the end, the town agreed it best to own it themselves.
“Our current equipment is old and worn down,” said Mayor Bubba Cagle. “Buying the new mower instead of leasing it gives the street department the tools they need without incurring a new monthly bill for the town.”
The council also voted to give Cagle the authority to purchase a truck for the street department, not to exceed $7,500.
“It was old when we got it,” Cagle said of the town's Blazer that was used for park and recreation purposes. “We have had it at seven or eight years, but the engine in it went out and it isn't worth the cost to fix it. Instead, we will replace it with a pickup truck which will be more practical for their uses anyway.”
In other action at the meetings, the council:
• Passed a resolution to adopt the Northwest Alabama Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Action Plan. By doing so, the town fulfills local mitigation planning requirements laid out in the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 and will be eligible for mitigation grants made available by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
• Heard Cagle say the town is still getting quotes to repair plumbing and electrical wiring at the old high school after vandals damaged the building's wiring earlier this year. Additionally, the town has received a grant from the Walker Area Community Foundation (WACF) for over $13,000 to add surveillance cameras and alarms and replace the urinals, sinks and toilets in the high schools main bathrooms.
“As soon as we get the electrical vandalism fixed, we are going to get that done,” Cagle said on Tuesday. “We are very grateful to the WACF for the grant allowing us to get that done.”
• Voted to allow Cagle to enter into an agreement with Alabama Power to replace the town's street lighting with updated LED lights.
• Discussed that the town is still looking to fill a water board position, as well as hire two police officers, one full-time and one part-time. Anyone interested in the police positions can contact town hall at (205) 686-5265. The council will hold a special workshop on Tuesday, June 22, at 7 p.m. to conduct open interviews with anyone interested in the water board position.
The next scheduled council meeting is on Tuesday, July 13, at 7 p.m.