Town discusses wrecker rotation, flooding issues

Published 6:16 pm Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Maplesville’s town council approved Tuesday for T&T Towing to be Maplesville’s primary wrecker service.

Police Chief Todd Ingram made the recommendation for changing the town’s wrecker rotation based on time issues he and other officers had encountered with out-of-town wrecker services.

Town Clerk Sheila Haigler said Greg Thrash, owner of T&T Towing in Jemison, will man the Maplesville branch he has opened 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“He’ll be called every time,” Haigler said. “If he’s busy, we will call other wrecker services.”

The council addressed concerns about several residences flooding on Graham Avenue.

“We’ve cleaned out the culverts, cleaned out the ditches,” Councilman John Caudle said. “We can’t control how much water is coming out.”

The council also addressed complaints about weed control in private yards.

According to a town ordinance, yards that are not properly maintained and deemed “eyesores” are subject to cleanup done by town employees.

Property owners would then be charged for the cleanup.

“We’re going to send out some letters to people who are in violation of that ordinance,” Haigler said.

For the street department, council members voted to purchase a new lawn mower to replace a lawn mower stolen from the town, and they voted to retain Street Superintendent Kenny Barrett and increase his pay.

Barrett recently surpassed his six-month mandatory probation period as a town employee.

In new business, the council:

•Hired Hull & Russell, PC to conduct Maplesville’s yearly audit.

•Agreed to give the fire department $10,000 from the general fund to help it through the rest of the fiscal year.

•Renewed town employee insurance with United Healthcare.

•Voted to continue financially supporting Chilton County Child Protect and Chilton County Transit Authority.

•Renewed a contract with the Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging (M4A), which reimburses the town for some of its senior center expenses.

•Approved the financial report and monthly bills.

•Scheduled a special meeting for Tuesday, Sept. 4 at noon to review election results.