City Council approved funding, property for BOE projects
by Emily McLain
SYLACAUGA – During its meeting Tuesday night, the City Council unanimously approved funding and property requested by the Board of Education for summer maintenance projects.

The council, absent Councilman Joe Hogan, granted city schools ownership of the former Stanton property located behind Sylacauga High School on North Norton Avenue. The brick house, which has been used as a tech building and detention center, is intended to be demolished to make way for a new band practice field. The old practice field is the location of the high school’s new wing.

Also approved was $200,000 to the BOE from the school ad valorem tax fund to be used approximately as follows: $95,000 for the band practice field, $45,000 for painting at schools, and about $50,000 for the purchase and installation of school security cameras.

Each of these projects is anticipated to be completed before the next school year. The ad valorem tax fund currently holds about $2.9 million in cash and investments, City Finance Officer Karen Beane told the council at a work session Monday. Mayor Doug Murphree also said Monday that he will be talking with the BOE soon about possibly using additional escrow funds for maintenance at Legion Stadium. He said Talladega County Schools, which shares usage of the stadium with Sylacauga, has agreed to assist with any such repairs.

During Tuesday’s meeting, the council also granted Sylacauga Utilities Board a 20-foot easement around three sides of Legion Stadium for relocation of a sewer line.

“Right now, one of the main sewer lines in town goes right under the stadium,” Murphree said, “and we had some minor problems with it a couple months ago and (SUB) decided to move it from under the stadium to just outside it on the side closer to (Broadway Avenue).”

In other business, the council:

• Adopted an ordinance declaring four burial plots in Lot 141 of Marble City Cemetery as surplus and authorized sale to Phillip and Judy Lee and Jimmy and Monza Fuller for $2,400. Plot numbers 5-8 were donated back to the city for sale with proceeds to be used for perpetual care of the cemetery. The same was done for one burial plot in Lot 141, with sale authorized to Challis Morris and Donald Harvey McCain for $650, also donated back to the city for the same use.

• Accepted $500 from the Talladega County Commission and authorized distribution to the Animal Rescue Foundation to offset costs incurred by recent vehicle repairs.

• Authorized distribution of $4,175 to the Parks and Recreation Department as net proceeds from the sale of a 1999 Ford E350 and another $4,882 to the department for the sale of a 1995 Ford E350 van, both sold on GovDeals.com.

• Read into the minutes the mayor’s appointment of Jim Heigl to the Planning Commission. Heigl fills the unexpired six-year term of Andy Collins, resigned, ending January 2017.

• Approved $650 each for Municipal Court Magistrate and Councilman Tom Roberts to attend the 2013-2014 Leadership Sylacauga course offered by the Chamber of Commerce.

• Heard Chamber of Commerce Director Carol Bates announce: a Joe Duck Society meeting June 26 at 9 a.m. at the Chamber, open to interested members; a public meeting concerning the Coosa River Bridge proposal at the Chamber at 6 p.m. June 20; and an after-hours event recognizing the Chamber’s 13 new business members on July 18 from 5:30-7 p.m.

• Authorized a $22 refund to Brian Duffee for overpayment of municipal court fines in June.

• Authorized refund of court-ordered cash bonds as follows: $1,000 each to Britney Groce, Michael Wood, Kayla Williams, Joseph Duncan; and $400 to Victoria Davis.

• Authorized May payments totaling $176,685 for accounts payable and $361,948 for payrolls.

• Approved all checks, transfers and financial statements for May.

• Declared one Hewlett Packard Fax 1240 machine and printer combo as surplus and authorized disposal.

• Approved minutes of the regular meeting held June 5.

The council’s next work session is July 1 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, and the next regular meeting is July 3 at 9 a.m.

Contact Emily Adams at eadams@dailyhome.com.

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