SYLACAUGA, Ala. – Sylacauga Mayor Jim Heigl addressed the Council and citizens on 2018’s accomplishments as the first Council meeting of 2019 began.

Heigl reflected on 2018’s biggest paving project in over a decade, where many of the city’s heavily traveled, pot hole filled roads such as Fort Williams and Norton were paved. Heigl said 2018 was a great year for the Marble City and he is looking forward to starting 2019 just as 2018 ended.

Police Chief Kelley Johnson introduced a new Sylacauga Police Department recruit, Roman Gerrod Hubbard. Johnson said Hubbard is a Sylacauga native, and will begin the police academy in Anniston beginning Monday, Jan. 7.

The council agenda was light in 2019’s first meeting of city officials. At the meeting, the following actions were taken:

  • Took action necessary to accept recommendation of Interim Code Enforcement Director Mike Whetstone to approve resolution awarding bid for the Upgrades & Corrections to City-owned Backflow Prevention Devices Project to Giddens, Inc., as the lowest responsive and responsible bidder having met all bid requirements and qualifications based on tabulation of bids opened 12/17/2018, total of award is $77,650.
  • Appointed Eddie Bentley to the Tree Commission for the five-year term ending June, 2023
  • Approved travel/expenses for Police Chief Kelley Johnson to attend the two-day AACOP-CLEEP Certification Training Courses: AACOP-CLEEP Certification Training Courses: How To Create a Life-Work Balance in Law Enforcement and De-Escalation Techniques in Law Enforcement to be held in Dothan, Jan. 17-18, 2019—Registration fee is included in AACOP membership; Additional costs for lodging, meals, *fuel and use of a department vehicle will be incurred (*Muse & Johnson will be carpooling)—Estimated total cost of travel/training for Johnson is $362.44.
  • Approved travel/expenses for Police Capt. Rondell Muse to attend the two-day AACOP-CLEEP Certification Training Courses: How To Create a Life-Work Balance in Law Enforcement and De-Escalation Techniques in Law Enforcement to be held in Dothan, Jan. 17-18, 2019— Registration fee is $99.00 per course; Additional costs for meals will be incurred, (*Muse will be carpooling with Johnson)–Estimated total cost of travel/training for Muse is $510.
  • Approved travel/expenses for newly hired Police Recruit Roman Gerrod Hubbard to attend the Police Academy Basic Session at the NE Alabama Law Enforcement Academy in Anniston, beginning Jan. 7, 2019—Total estimated cost is $2,283 (Academy tuition $250, Room/Board $1,800 & ammunition $233); $1,300 of academy cost is reimbursable to City upon successful completion—Use of a departmental vehicle and fuel will also be incurred.
  • Approved travel/expenses for PD Sgt. Shane Bland to attend the JSU Leadership for LE Supervisors: Take the Lead Training Program to be held in Anniston, March 11-13, 2019—No registration fee; Additional costs for daily lunches, *use of a department vehicle, and fuel will be incurred (*Bland, Collier & Kircus will be carpooling)–Estimated total cost of travel/training for Bland is $45.
  • Approved travel/expenses for PD Sgt. Tim Collier to attend the JSU Leadership for LE Supervisors: Take the Lead Training Program to be held in Anniston, March 11-13, 2019—No registration fee; Additional costs for daily lunches will be incurred (*Collier, will be carpooling with Bland & Kircus)–Estimated total cost of travel/training for Collier is $45.
  • Approved travel/expenses for PD Sgt. Charlton Kircus to attend the JSU Leadership for LE Supervisors: Take the Lead Training Program to be held in Anniston, March 11-13, 2019—No registration fee; Additional costs for daily lunches will be incurred (*Kircus will be carpooling with Bland & Collier)–Estimated total cost of travel/training for Kircus is $45.
  • Authorized payments totaling $184,011.15 for accounts payable invoices received to date for Dec. 2018

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