MINUTES OF A REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
OF THE MAYOR AND THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE
CITY OF TALLASSEE, ALABAMA
SEPTEMBER 12, 2023
The Mayor and the City Council of the City of Tallassee, Alabama convened in regular session on Tuesday, September 12, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. at the Tallassee Municipal Complex. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Hill and the following were recorded as present:
Mayor Sarah Hill
Council Members Jeremy Taunton
Linda McNeal Mosher
Fred Randall Hughey
Lane Knight was present as city attorney and Whitney Pitchford as secretary for the meeting.
Approval of minutes: On motion of Councilmember Hughey and a second by Councilmember Taunton, all councilmembers present voted to approve the minutes of the August 22, 2023 work session. On motion of Councilmember Hughey and a second by Councilmember Hall, all councilmembers present voted to approve the minutes of the August 22, 2023 regular city council meeting.
Item 1. Street Sweeper bid results. Matt Carden $1500. Only bid received. Councilmember Brown made a motion to accept Matt Carden’s bid of $1500 for the Street Sweeper, seconded by Councilmember Carr. Upon a vote, the motion passed unanimously.
Item 2: The 23/24 budget was introduced. A few things still need to be adjusted. This does include a 5% cost of living raise for employees.
Item 3: The 23/24 calendar was introduced.
Item 4: The Jackson Thornton rate study was discussed. Council will review recommendations and add to the next agenda.
Item 5: The Elmore County Quality of Life Project survey is open for another week. Please make sure to fill this out.
Item 6: David Rogers discussed accepting the AFG grant opportunity for a brush truck. This is for a $381,000 truck. The match is 5%. If the City will pay the grant writer fee, the Association will pay the 5% match on the truck. Councilmember Taunton made a motion to accept the grant, seconded by Councilmember Brown. Upon a vote, the motion passed unanimously.
Item 7: Councilmembers discussed moving $38,032.80 from 01-501-5010 to 01-503-5103. This will cover the grant writer fee of $17,278.91 and the cost of a replacement boat for the fire department. The Fire Association will take care of the remaining amount for the brush truck. Councilmember Taunton made a motion to suspend the rules, seconded by Councilmember Hughey. Upon a roll call vote, the motion passed unanimously. Councilmember Hall made a motion to move $38,032.80 from 01-501-5010 to 01-503-5103, seconded by Councilmember Godwin. Upon a vote, the motion passed unanimously.
- 21/22 Audit-getting a date for the auditors to come review the audit. Nothing unusual.
- Property located at 141 Washington Street was discussed. Bonita Caldwell said the city could purchase for $10,000. Councilmembers were not interested.
- 21st annual low country boil hosted by Krebs Engineering-October 13th starting at 9AM.
- Veterans Healthcare Workshop-October 10th from 2-5PM at Congressman Moore’s office in Wetumpka.
- Family Sunshine Center is having a “Cookin’ on the Coosa MacDown” October 14th. You can register for the event.
- Homecoming parade-Councilmembers will let Mayor know if they are participating or not.
- Trade Day is October 21st from 8-1PM.
- Mayor told Council they needed to go into executive session to discuss the good name and character of an employee. Councilmember Godwin made a motion to go into executive session, seconded by Councilmember Hughey. Upon a vote, the motion passed unanimously. Councilmember Hall made a motion to exit executive session, seconded by Councilmember Taunton. Upon a vote, the motion passed unanimously.
- Ward 4: Armory reopening is October 21st at 10AM. They will have the boy scouts there, a rock wall and other fun activities.
There being no further business before the council, and upon motion of Councilmember Godwin and a second by Councilmember Taunton, all councilmembers present voted to adjourn the meeting at 6:28 p.m.
SARAH HILL, Mayor
WHITNEY PITCHFORD, City Clerk