Maplesville makes radio changes

Published 4:20 pm Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Maplesville’s town council approved Tuesday for AllComm to convert the fire and police departments’ public safety radios to narrowband in compliance with a federal mandate.

The changeover will include the departments’ handheld radios, vehicle radios and repeaters, and must be completed by Jan. 1, 2013.

For the fire department, the council accepted the resignation of Michael Abbott as fire chief and approved the following officers: Michael Drewry, fire chief; Adam Hayes, assistant fire chief; Chase Anderson, lieutenant; and Christine Epperson, assistant EMS chief.

Drewry and Epperson were granted permission to attend training in Tuscaloosa to become AED and CPR instructors. The training costs $150 per person and will take place in July.

The council also approved fire department applications for Sharee Barrett and Patrick Quinley.

For the police department, the council approved Kenny Barrett to serve as a reserve officer and amended the ordinance for the Safe Streets Act, raising the fee from $25 to $50.

In new business, the council passed a resolution appointing the town clerk as the election manager for the municipal elections set for Aug. 28.

Additionally, the council:

•Agreed to allow people to work with the town through the DHR jobs program.

•Declared surplus two bikes from the police department and agreed to sell them to another government agency for $100 each.

•Accepted a $250 bid from Scott Conner for an old mower.

•Agreed to purchase a new 5-foot bush hog for $1,000 from Sunshine John Deere in Clanton.

•Agreed to sell surplus tires for $150.

•Voted to enter into an agreement with Wright Express, who will file all of the town’s tax reports and take care of its gasoline purchases.