Town hires two full-time police officers (updated)By Emily Beckett Published 11:08pm Monday, May 13, 2013
In old business, the council voted to pay off four loans from Peachtree Bank with $70,000 the town received from consumer use tax funds acquired during West Fraser’s expansion in Maplesville.
The four loans were: Old Operating and Depot Restoration, $14,885.97; 2010 Dodge Charger, $7,399.93; Sidewalk/Street Lighting Grant, $20,687.60; Fire Department – Fire Truck, $10,939.32.
Mayor W.C. Hayes gave an update on the ownership of Lot 7 on Mobile Street.
Hayes said Jerry Smith bought the property from former owners Emmett Perry Wood and Tim Mims.
The property was one of two on Mobile Street deemed “nuisance” properties in February because they violated a town ordinance prohibiting “nuisance” properties whose appearances detracted from the surrounding area or presented a potential safety or health hazard.
The council also heard from visitors, Chilton County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Mike Robertson and board member Janice Hull, about the chamber’s “Shop Local” campaign designed to encourage residents to support local businesses by shopping in the county.
Robertson gave the council a Shop Local banner and asked them to display it in town wherever they wished to help the chamber promote the campaign launch set for July 9.
“We’re hoping that this is going to be a great program,” Robertson said. “We hope that it will remind our folks that shopping locally is important to our economy.”
Clem Clapp with the Maplesville Historical Society talked to the council about the group’s progress with repairs to the Foshee house and said the project’s balance is down to about $17,000 of an estimated $27,000, $10,000 of which the town will provide in the final stages of the project.
The council approved the specifications for roof repairs and to send out bids to be opened at the next council meeting on June 10.
Clapp also thanked the council for attending this year’s Maplesville Heritage Day and first 5K fundraiser race and said the 2014 Heritage Day event will be Saturday, April 12.
In other business Monday, the council:
•Approved state Rep. Kurt Wallace’s resignation from the Maplesville Park Board and approved Edith Garrett to take Wallace’s place on the board.
•Granted permission to Ebenezer Baptist Church for the use of the town park for Vacation Bible School on June 9–12 and for a public event called “Sunday Night in the Park” on June 2 and 23, July 14 and 28 and Aug. 11 and 25. The town decided the church must make a monetary donation to use the park and is responsible for the lights and utility expenses for those times.