Thorsby tries fuel card program

Published 9:31 pm Tuesday, July 2, 2013

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Thorsby’s Town Council on Monday heard from Police Chief Rodney Barnett about the implementation of a fuel card program for town vehicles.

Barnett said he used a pilot card at local service station Mystic Mart and that an issue that will need to be addressed was the lack of a prompt to enter a mileage number for the vehicle.

The town decided to try fuel cards partly as a way to keep up with how much fuel various town vehicles are using.

In other business, the council:

•Announced again that Thorsby’s Fourth of July celebration will begin at 7 p.m. July 3 at Richard Wood Park. Mayor Jean Nelson encouraged all residents to attend. “We’re going to have a good time,” Nelson said.

•Heard from Deborah Tisdale, who said she was a former Chilton Medical Center emergency medicine director, about her plans to open a “general medical clinic” in Chilton County. Tisdale said the business would be similar to operations that provide primary care at a free-standing clinic, a model commonly referred to as “doc-in-a-box.” Tisdale said her clinic would not accept insurance, Medicare or Medicaid but would instead charge a reasonable flat fee. “It’s not going to be an elaborate clinic, but it will certainly give people access to health care,” she said.

•Discussed several topics with former mayor Tom Bentley. Bentley addressed the council about a proposed property swap, the old Thorsby school, use of the transfer station, water and sewer rates and a new Thorsby school.