Thorsby council approves hiring of part-time officer

Published 8:21 pm Monday, May 6, 2013

Thorsby’s Town Council on Monday allowed the town’s police chief to bring on an additional part-time officer.

Thorsby Police Chief Rodney Barnett told the council that officer Roger Reeser had been a reserve with the department since 2011 and will complete his police academy requirements on Sunday.

Barnett said the personnel move is covered in his department’s budget.

The council tabled another matter proposed by Barnett: an ordinance banning door-to-door solicitation in the town.

Council member Randall Higgins said such an ordinance could prohibit school groups from fundraising, an activity that wasn’t the intended target of the ordinance.

So, council members said the ordinance would be re-worked to include some exceptions.

The council also tabled a measure about a proposed sale of the old garment building off Highway 31.

A prospective buyer wanted more land than what the council originally agreed to. Council members said they wanted to study the proposed sale further to determine if selling the extra property would hinder town workers being able to access the town’s water tank nearby.

In other business, the council heard from Mike Robertson and Peggy Hall with the Chilton County Chamber of Commerce about the group’s upcoming “Shop Local” campaign.