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[WATCH] Sylacauga City Council holds first meeting of April; Mayor Heigl proclaims it Child Abuse Awareness Month


SYLACAUGA, Ala. – The Sylacauga City Council met Tuesday night, April 5, for a scheduled meeting at 6:00 p.m.

At the meeting, Mayor Jim Heigl proclaimed April as Child Abuse Awareness Month. It’s the second mention of monthly awareness. At the last council meeting, the mayor announced that April was Litter Prevention Awareness Month.

That effort was followed up with a Garbage and Litter Clean-up Day which was a resounding success according to the mayor. Over 10,000 pounds of trash was rightfully placed in dumpsters after the efforts of over 80 volunteers.

Also at the meeting, Police Chief Kelley Johnson presented four Sylacauga Police Department officers with Certificates of Commendation and Meritorious Service awards.

Other agenda items that were assessed at the meeting:

The council considered annexation requests and zoning of properties located at 110 Azalea Rd. and 1764 Oldfield Rd.

The council authorized a special use permit for T-Mobile to modify their equipment on the existing tower located at 2155 Settlement Rd. The permit was recommended by a consultant, The Center for Municipal Solutions.

The chiefs of the Fire and Police Departments, Nate Osgood and Kelley Johnson, sought from the council to have certain items declared as surplus to requirements. These particular objects will either be sold on, a bidding site similar to eBay, scrapped for parts, or completely destroyed. The council authorized these request.

Also, the council accepted the request from Chief Johnson to hire Jimmy “Peanut” Thompson at PS-1 Step 5 at the rate of $19.97 an hour after April 6, 2022.

They approved travel/training expenses for Fire Captains Tommy Chamberlain and Sam Ogilvie and Firefighters Cass Patterson and Clay Upchurch to attend the Alabama Fire College Apparatus Operator: Mobile Water Supply course in Anniston, April 18-19, 2022. No registration fee; expenses for meals will be incurred. Employees will carpool in a city-provided vehicle. Estimated expenses are $30 per employee.

They also approved travel/training expenses for Firefighter John Bryan to attend the Alabama Fire College Rescue Technician: Rope 1 course in Anniston, April 4-8, 2022. No registration fee; expenses for meals will be incurred. Bryan will carpool with Williams. Estimated expenses for Bryan are $75.

As well, they approved travel/training expenses for Fire Lieutenants Scott Kines and Josh Forbus and Firefighter John Bryan to attend the Alabama Fire College Rescue Technician: Vehicle and Machinery Extrication I course in Anniston, April 25-29, 2022. Registration fee of $350 per employee. Expenses for meals and use of a city-provided vehicle will be incurred. Employees will carpool. Total estimated expenses for Kines, Forbus, and Bryan are $425 each.

The council amended police department travel/training requests approved on Feb. 1, 2022 as follows: the Implicit Bias Train the Trainer course was rescheduled from March 16 to March 23. Stephen Ledbetter attended the class in place of Ben Payton.

The council accepted the recommendation of street superintendent Reed Calfee to approve the resolution authorizing the awarding of the bid for concrete street repairs to Grout, Inc. with the lowest bid of $373.27 per yard.

The accounts payable received to date for March in the amount of $106,501.11 was approved by the council.

A work session was held prior to the meeting at 5:30 p.m. The next scheduled meeting is set for April 19 at 6:00 p.m.


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