Maplesville buys fire department equipment

Published 10:20 pm Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Maplesville Town Council voted Tuesday to close out an $1,800 fire department grant from 2008 by buying two pieces of equipment.

The money had to be returned or spent before the town could spend grant money from 2010. The council voted to buy a butterfly valve and a ventilation fan for $2,460, with the fire department picking up the extra $660 above what the grant will pay.

In other business, the council took the following actions:

•Changed how the police chief earns overtime. Currently, the chief is paid overtime for any hours over 8 per day. Under the new guidelines, the chief would earn overtime after working 86 hours in a two-week period, which is the same for other officers.

•Reviewed a report on the town-owned old Brown Brothers Building. An engineer’s report said the building and walls were sound but that much of the wood inside would need to be replaced.

•Voted to send town clerk Sheila Haigler to the Alabama League of Municipalities 2011 Convention set for the end of April in Huntsville.

•Agreed to spend $895 to buy a new website for the town through TriNovus.

•Voted to spend up to $175 to install a security camera in the town library, which is used for meetings and court.

•Approved a Maplesville High School Partners in Education sponsorship for $50.

•Voted to stop advertising on The Clanton Advertiser’s drug prevention page and its website.

•Voted to spend up to $350 to buy a refrigerator for town hall. The appliance would be used in part to replace a soft drink machine that quit working.

•Approved a contract renewal with RDS, or Alatax, which collects the town’s sales tax.

•Moved $19,300 back to the garbage department that was put into the town’s general fund several months ago.