Jemison council approves $1,500 P.E.E.C.H. donation

Published 7:48 pm Monday, December 5, 2011

The Jemison City Council approved a $1,500 donation to Partners Enhancing Education in Chilton County (P.E.E.C.H.) in a brief meeting Dec. 5.

Jemison earmarks a sum of money in its budget every year for P.E.E.C.H. donations, which the Chilton Education Foundation uses to provide grants for teachers.

“It is already in the budget,” Mayor Eddie Reed said. “That takes care of donations from all of our schools.”

The council also approved a water adjustment for Dollar General according to a city ordinance stating that charges for sewer usage inside and outside the city limits will be half of the water usage charges.

Reed and Jemison resident Martha Cobb thanked city event coordinator Karen McMinn, Fire Chief John Dennis and everyone who helped organize and participate in Jemison’s tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 1 and Christmas Parade on Dec. 3.

“We thank them for working tirelessly,” Reed said. “We have a terrific parade every year.”

Reed also thanked Police Chief Shane Fulmer for providing the council with a detailed activity report despite having a low number of staff members.

“For the staff that he (Fulmer) has, he does an extensively good job,” Reed said.

In old business, council member Faye King asked if anything had changed regarding the ownership of Pine Hill Cemetery, but Reed said nothing further has happened since the case was sent to court.

“It’s on the court docket,” Reed said. “It’s in the hands of the court.”

Council members agreed to hold a work session in January to review state regulations regarding vacation time and retirement policies for salaried city employees.

In closing, Reed shared an invitation from Hidden Meadow Vineyard in Jemison for its open house on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.