Thorsby to sell old backhoe

Published 8:48 pm Monday, February 4, 2013

The Thorsby Town Council voted Monday to put a backhoe owned by the municipality up for bid.

The town purchased and received a new backhoe recently.

The old backhoe will be made available with a minimum bid of $10,000. Town officials said they planned to advertise the availability of the machine.

The council also voted for the municipality to acquire credit cards, but council members said use of the cards would be strictly monitored.

Mayor Jean Nelson told the council that the town needed new cards because an old town credit card was in the name of former mayor Dearl Hilyer and had been destroyed.

The council determined it would be best to have different cards for each department so that spending could be better tracked.

Council members said there had been problems in the past with employees not turning in receipts for their credit card purchases. Part of Monday’s motion was a stipulation that, should a worker not turn in a receipt, he or she would be responsible for paying for the expense out of their own pocket.

In other business, the council:

•Amended an ordinance that would allow the town to collect sales and use taxes on all areas under police and fire jurisdiction.

•Heard from Municipal Court Judge Amanda Baxley about plans to erect a bench for use by the council and Baxley. Baxley said the work should be completed on Saturday and would be paid for out of the town’s court improvement fund.

•Agreed to allow Public Works Director Terry Jackson to attend a training conference for three days and to allow another Public Works employee to attend a nine-day training course.

•Announced the resignation of Tracia Bussey from the town’s Swedish Festival and Historical committees.

•Accepted minutes from the Park and Recreation Board’s most recent meeting.

•Entered into an executive session. The council was to reconvene after the session, but that portion of the meeting occurred too late to be included in this edition of The Clanton Advertiser. Check Wednesday’s newspaper and for updates.