Council 19 June 2018
Invocation offered by Mr. Mike Lanier.
Call to order at 6 PM by Mayor Wolff. Roll called showed all members
available. The minutes of the previous
meeting were approved as read.
report and comments:
At the previous meeting a situation with a
dog in a neighborhood wreaking havoc on cats has been resolved according to the
Zaxby’s has won the Ziggy award, an award only
given to 5 out of 900 stores per year nationwide. The award is because of excellence shown in
employee training, service and other customer related areas. A representative from Zaxby’s home office will
be on hand to present this award to our local store.
A thank you letter for the city’s help
with the Heritage Day celebration has been received from the Black Belt
Heritage Group, Mr. David Peters, president, Ms. Francis Floyd, director. Mr. Brian Martin was specifically mentioned
as being an excellent representative of the city.
Mayor Wolff asked Council person Skinner
if he had any remarks. Mr. Skinner spoke
of the football program insurance noting that the city has paid the premium on
this for several previous years and it is due again. A motion to pay the $1,000.00 premium was made
and passed by unanimous vote.
A motion to give the Hillcrest Band Line
Camp a $2,500.00 contribution was made and seconded by Council persons Upton
and Davis. Motion passed by unanimous
Council person Upton noted that he would
soon be asking the city for a $5,000.00 contribution for football uniforms.
Council person Fountain was recognized by
the mayor next. Ms. Fountain noted that
mini blinds for Carver Rec Center had been approved during a meeting last year
yet no blinds have been received. City
Clerk, Ms. Smith, said she would take this for action. Council person Davis noted that several
items, desk, printer, computer and other items were also needed for
Carver. Mayor Wolff directed her to do
up a laundry list of what was needed and submit it.
Ms. Davis also asked why Ms. Riley, the
Center’s Summer Activities Program Director, could not purchase her own
supplies. City Clerk Smith responded
that the list Ms. Riley submitted were duplicate orders and suggested that a
responsible person do an inventory and submit request for needed items. It was noted the locks on the Carver Building
had been changed and only 2 keys were in existence. One is held by the new Parks and Recreation
Director Mr. Gray, who was on hand.
The response to the changing of locks was
due to the loss of key control by whoever had been in charge of the keys in the
past and it was necessary the city regain control of who has access to the
It was also noted that on Thursday, 21
June, a representative of the company that currently has the security camera
contract will be coming to the city to set and adjust the security code for
access to the camera at Carver. After
that only persons with the code will be able to view recordings.
Council person Davis suggested that more
games and entertainment items need to be purchased for Carver. City Clerk Smith responded that more than
anything, organization was needed. She
noted there were at least 4 packs of Uno cards in a big stack. Ms. Smith also noted that a locking supply
cabinet was needed for security purposes.
Council person Davis suggested that more
people be hired to help Ms. Riley oversee the children. Ms. Smith stated that the standard norm for
supervision of the youth is based on 1 supervisor per 25 children. Currently the staff consists of Ms. Riley and
3 life guards. There was a 4
life guard to have been hired but some problems with qualifying this person
were encountered. Currently a total of
49 children are schedule 2 days per week.
On the 1 adult per 25 children theory there should be ample supervision
at all times therefore no additional help will be hired.
Carver is only open 5 days per week,
Monday-Friday; it is closed on weekends to accommodate private events where the
center is rented out.
Council person Upton noted the old city
school, currently referred to as the Cultural Center, has a leaking roof. A motion open up for bids on roof repair was
made by Mr. Upton and seconded from the floor.
A unanimous vote to do so was offered.
City Clerks Pay and Salary review:
Ms. Smith completed her 6 month
probationary period this past March yet she has had no salary increase. The previous city clerk, Mr. Bob Hinson, was
receiving a salary of $68,000.00 annually and had things totally screwed up. Ms. Smith’s current pay was based on an hourly
salary and she now has a cost analysis available for council review along with
budget input. She has, on several occasions
put in overtime but due to the city’s no overtime policy, she attempted to take
comp time instead of receiving overtime charges.
Mayor Wolff suggested Ms. Smith’s salary
be set at $62,400.00 per year. Council
person Fountain asked the mayor where the funding would come from. It was also noted that the original job
posting had set the salary range from $40,000.00-60,000.00 per year. Mayor Wolff responded that the money would
come out of the general fund and funding was on hand to do so. A heated discussion ensued from this point reminiscent
of an older Castleberry City Council meeting format.
Council person Upton had stepped out for a
moment and Mayor Wolff directed the E. P. D. officer to recall Mr. Upton. Upon Upton’s return the Mayor noted that he
would appreciate a motion to move the clerk’s pay to $52,500.00. Council person Upton so moved and Council
person Caylor seconded. Motion carried
by a 4-2 vote with Council persons Fountain and Davis voting nay.
Officer Tristan Robinson was recently
elevated to the position of Lt. on the E. P. D. force. Chief Simpson had recommended a 6% raise be
included with this promotion. It was
noted that Officer Robinson was a step 10, grade 8. After some discussion it was determined the
best and most financial gain for Robinson would be to promote him to Lt. first,
then approve the recommended 6% raise.
That procedure was forwarded and passed unanimously.
of Economic Interest:
The City Clerk said that anyone writing
and signing a P. O. needs to do an economic interest statement. No further action taken.
for Park Director:
Mayor Wolff requested permission to shop
the state bid list for a truck. Cost
normally runs $15,000-21,000.00.
Council person Fountain wanted to know why
a new truck was not being considered.
Mayor Wolff noted he has extensive knowledge about vehicles and
acquiring them. The cost factor between
a new truck and a good used truck is quite pricy. Mayor Wolff also noted the last new truck
purchased was for Chief Simpson.
Resolved by giving Mayor Wolff permission to shop the state bid list.
A drug education council program was
next. Program supervisor Roz Henley was
present. The presentation covers several
areas to assist in preventing drug, suicide, and other growing substance abusers
among our young people. It helps those
trained in recognizing these factors and getting help and assistance to the
troubled young people. There is a drug “take
back” program, held on the last Saturday in April and October whereby old
prescription drugs can be turned in to participating pharmacies and sheriff’s
departments. A motion was made to
support this program and it passed by unanimous vote.
Magnolia Avenue D. Stanton residence.
Compliance Officer Bobby McNeil brought
forth a request for the city to clean up around the above residence. The weeds and undergrowth are becoming a
problem along with trash and litter.
Motion to approve passed by unanimous vote.
Pay the bills passed by unanimous vote.
Adjourn: 6:55 PM
to holiday scheduling the next meeting will not be held until Tuesday, 17 July,
meeting was akin to rock’em, sock’em robots with interruptions from the
audience allowed at any given time. Too
much time spent bickering and arguing to accomplish anything.