SYLACAUGA, Ala. – The Sylacauga City Council met Tuesday night, Aug. 2, at 6:00 p.m. with a work session prior to the meeting at 5:00 p.m.
At the meeting, Mayor Jim Heigl proclaimed August as National Back to School Month and brought awareness to the inaugural Peyton Embry Free School Supply Giveaway, hosted by the 334 Chapter of the Blue Heart Foundation, which is taking place this Saturday, Aug. 6, from 3:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. at the J. Craig Smith Community Center.
During the meeting, the city council approved a resolution to authorize the agreement with Lathan Architects for water damage repair at City Hall with options for additional changes in the police department (PD) and installation of the fire alarm system.
The council authorized an amendment to the contract with the Sylacauga Chamber of Commerce to cover the cost of promotional expenses related to Sylacauga Little League and Babe Ruth team competition in the World Series and regional tournaments.
They accepted the contract with Ricoh to replace a ESX-3 BDR server (end of life) and retire a ESX04 server, replacing them with a Dell EqualLogic storage unit. Action includes engineering services to remove, replace, migrate, and upgrade to new equipment at a total FY22 budgeted cost of $46,078.
The council accepted recommendations of Mayor Heigl to approve new job descriptions for Animal Control Officer and Records Clerk in the PD as well as Magistrate for the Municipal Court, combining the former Magistrate I and Magistrate II positions.
Also, the city council accepted the recommendation of Police Chief Kelley Johnson to approve a one-time bonus of $2,500 for all current PD employees; to be paid on Aug. 19, 2022. Funding from current PD salary budget.
The council approved travel and training expenses for Fire Lt. Josh Forbus to attend the Alabama Fire College Rescue Technician: Confined Space I and II courses hosted by the Pelham Fire Department, Sept. 12-16, 2022. Registration fee of $350; additional expenses for meals and use of a city-provided vehicle will be incurred. Total estimated expenses for Forbus are $425.
They approved travel and training expenses for Fire Inspector Chad Toland to attend the Alabama Fire College Fire Inspector III course hosted by the Anniston Regional Training Center, Sept. 12-16, 2022. Registration fee of $330; additional expenses for meals and use of a city-provided vehicle will be incurred. Total estimated expenses for Toland are $405.
Additionally, they approved travel and training expenses for Firefighters Brett Autrey and Matt Carpenter to attend the Alabama Fire College Recruit School to be held at the Mountain Brook Fire Department, Sept. 2 to Nov. 10, 2022. Registration fee and PT uniform fees of $900, estimated lunches of $750, and use of a city-provided vehicle will be incurred. Total estimated expenses for Autrey and Carpenter are $1,650 each.
The city council also approved expenses for two employees to attend the 2022-2023 Leadership Sylacauga course beginning in August of 2022 and concluding in May of 2023. Registration fee of $950 each.
They amended items #25 and #26 of the July 7, 2022 minutes that approved travel and training expenses for Fire Inspector Chad Toland to attend the AFC FD Health and Safety Officer and Incident Safety Officer courses in Anniston on July 25-29 and Aug. 1-5, to add expenses for fuel reimbursement.
The council accepted the balance of accounts payable invoices received for June in the amount of $642,904.61.
You can also view the work session and meeting from July 19 which is posted below: