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Monday, November 20, 2017

Wetumpka City Hall

6:00 p.m.

Work Session:

The Mayor and Council left the Council Chambers to view the 2017 Ford Starcraft Modified Van with wheelchair lift that was recently delivered and will be put into service in the near future. The bus (modified van) was made possible from a grant from the Federal Transit Administration, administered by ALDOT-Local Transportation. Total cost of $55,000 with an eighty-percent (80%) federal-$44,000 and twenty-percent (20%) local contribution of $11,000. Funding from local sources was pre-paid from the previous budget year.

Mayor Willis opened the Work Session and asked if there were any comments from the Public. Under Public Comment, there were no requests to speak.

Reports of:

Boards & Committees-None

Chamber of Commerce Report-Gerry Purcell, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce announced the Annual Business Expo, November 28th from 2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. at the Wetumpka Civic Center.

 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Wetumpka City Hall

6:10 p.m.

The Council of the City of Wetumpka held a work session prior to the Second Regular Meeting in November on Monday, November 20, 2017. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Jerry Willis; and called on Council-member Robbins to give the Invocation; and Council-member Justiss to lead the Pledge of Allegiance.

Upon a Roll Call the following were present along with Mayor Willis: Kevin Robbins, Lewis E. Washington, Sr., Lynnes S. Justiss, and Greg Jones.  Council-member Steve Gantt was absent. Those present included Fire Chief Greg Willis, Police Chief-Danny Billingsley, Regina B. Edwards-City Attorney, Candy P. Masters-City Clerk, along with department heads; staff members, and citizens of Wetumpka.

Council-member Jones offered a motion to approve the minutes of the Council Meeting held on Monday, November 6, 2017. The motion was seconded by Council-member Washington with the Council voting unanimously in favor of the motion.

The minutes of the meetings were approved as presented.

There were several items of Old Business to come before the Council. The first item was permission to purchase eight (8) Ford Explorers (Police Package) replacement vehicles along with public safety options not to exceed $250,000. The motion to approve the purchase was offered by Council-member Washington. The motion was seconded by Council-member Jones. There was extensive discussion during the previous meeting on this item. Hearing Police Chief Billingsley support the purchase; the Council voted unanimously of those present in favor of the motion.

The purchase is allowed.

The second item coming back under Old Business is permission to install street lighting at 602 Autauga Street at an annual estimated cost paid to Alabama Power of $96.04. Public Works Director, Tex Grier had proposed this item at the last meeting. The motion to approve was offered by Council-member Washington. The motion was seconded by Council-member Justiss. With no further discussion, the Council voted unanimously of those present in favor of the motion.

The item was approved.

The third item on the Agenda under Old Business is permission to rent a (bucket) lift for installation and removal of holiday decorations not to exceed $6,000 as requested by Tex Grier, Public Works Director. Several items of general maintenance will be completed while the lift is rented. The motion to approve was offered by Council-member Jones. The motion was seconded by Council-member Robbins. There was no further discussion. The Council voted unanimously of those present in favor of the motion.

The motion was approved.

Under New Business, Mayor Willis announced the first item as the renewal of Municipal Judge John Thornton, part time municipal judge, for a two (2) year term. The motion to approve was offered by Council-member Robbins. The motion was seconded by Council-member Washington. After discussion, the Council voted unanimously of those present in favor of the motion.

The motion was approved.

The second item under New Business was to authorize a new agreement with Adams & Reese at an annual amount of $50,000; renewable for two (2) additional years. This was the first time this item has appeared on the Agenda and will return under Old Business at the next meeting.

            Then, Information Technology Manager Jim McGehee requested permission to convert communication equipment and service from Southern Linc LTE upgrade not to exceed $12,000 for equipment costs. This is the first time this item has come before the Council and it will return on the next Agenda under Old Business.

            Then, Jim McGehee also asked permission to modernize the communication system for city administration using AT&T; cost of $7,000 that is currently paid to various providers would be bundled to replace obsolete and/or incompatible devices. This is also the first time on the Agenda for this item and it will return under Old Business.

            Under Announcements, Mayor Willis sent wishes for a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving! Also, the Wetumpka High School football team will be in play-offs again with a home game against Spanish Fort High School. A tailgate for pre-game is planned for Friday, November 24, 2017 beginning at 3:00 p.m. Community fan support is encouraged!           

            There were no announcements.          

Hearing no further business to come before the Council. Upon a motion by Council-member Gantt, the meeting was adjourned at 6:22 p.m.

Approved by Council on the 4th day of December, 2017.

                                                                       

                                                                                   Signed: _______________________

                                                                                    Jerry Willis, Mayor

 

ATTEST:

Signed: _____________________

            Candy P. Masters, City Clerk