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Jemison sets dates for holiday events

The Jemison City Council at its meeting Monday approved the dates and times for important holiday events.

The city’s annual Christmas tree lighting will be held at 6 p.m. on Nov. 30, and the Christmas parade will follow at 2 p.m. on Dec. 4.

The parade date is a week earlier than it has been on previous years.

The council also heard a report from Police Chief Shane Fulmer.

Fulmer requested that two department vehicles—a 1992 Ford E-350 and a 2005 Ford Crown Victoria—be declared surplus, and the council voted accordingly.

Fulmer also announced, in the absence of Fire Chief John Dennis, that the Jemison Fire Department has received word it has been given a grant from Firehouse Subs restaurant in the amount of just more than $20,000 for a new heart monitor.

“That is wonderful because that can really mean the difference in somebody’s life,” Councilwoman Faye King said.

Fulmer said the machine could arrive at any time.

Fulmer told the council he recently moved an officer from part-time to full-time, and asked the council waive a 90-day probation period before the officer can receive a 50-cent per hour raise.

The council voted unanimously after listening to Fulmer explain the officer has been employed by the department for a significant amount of time.

In other business, the council adjusted the water bill for Sandra Edwards.