Maplesville receives positive audit report

Published 8:59 pm Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Maplesville Council approved the town’s yearly audit report presented by Janice Hull from Hull & Russell PC of Clanton in a meeting Tuesday night.

Hull told council members that revenues were down a bit, partially because the town received less grant money, but finished at about $42,000 to the good.

“All in all, everything looked good,” Hull said. “This is probably the closest you’ve come to your budget in a long time. I know that all of you have worked hard on a budget this year.”

The council also approved a 90-day trial period for a town employee to work for the town from 6 a.m. to noon and also work a night job five days a week.

Fire Chief Michael Abbott said the fire department is in desperate need of a new battery for AED equipment.

“We’re pressed, and we’ve been putting it off,” Abbott said, adding that the batteries cost about $400 each. “The ones we have are non-rechargeable.”

The council voted to purchase two new AED batteries, one for the fire department and one for the police department.

Police Chief Todd Ingram said the town’s monthly statistics had remained steady, but the police department confiscated 259 marijuana plants in a trailer in Maplesville.

In old business, the council decided to revise the town’s garbage ordinance during a work session scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 6 p.m.

In January, Maplesville will sell “as-is” the following surplus vehicles:

•One 2001 Chevrolet Suburban with a minimum bid of $5,000.

•One 1989 Chevrolet Truck with no minimum bid.

•One 2006 Ford Crown Victoria with a minimum bid of $3,500.

In new business, the council voted not to buy insurance on the decorative street lights.

Mayor Aubrey Latham said the sidewalk project is finished.

The council voted to pay $9,081.78—the final installment—on a fire department loan for SCBA units on Dec. 15 instead of Dec. 20 in order to save $9.

Maplesville Town Hall office will be closed Friday, Dec. 23 through Monday, Dec. 26 for Christmas and on Monday, Jan. 2 for New Year’s.

The next council meeting will be Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 6 p.m.