Helen Jenkins Chapel in need of a new roof

Published 8:53 pm Monday, August 19, 2013

Thorsby’s most recognizable landmark, Helen Jenkins Chapel, is in need of a new roof.

Public Works Director Terry Jackson told the town’s council on Monday about a recent meeting with the town’s insurance agent facilitated because of a leak.

The two determined a new roof is needed.

“We’ve got to have a new roof,” Jackson said. “It is gone. We’ve got too much money invested in it to turn back now. If we don’t get a good roof on it and seal it up, everything underneath it is going to rot.”

The council told Jackson to seek estimates on the work needed.

Mayor Jean Nelson said new shingles were last put on the building’s roof in the late 1990s.

In other business, the council:

•Declared the council seat for District 5 vacant. Roger Marcus resigned from the seat at the council’s last meeting, on Aug. 5. Nelson said two applications have already been received for the position. More applications will be accepted, but Nelson said she hoped the council would move to find a replacement at its next meeting.

•Removed Jack Allen from the town’s planning commission because of his move out of town. Allen was replaced by Pat Clements, who was the commission’s recommendation. The council also approved the appointment of council member Nicole Hilyer to the commission.

•Approved the appointments of Jamie Hatchett and Pam New to the board of adjustments. Council member Marvin Crumpton’s term on the board ended. The council also approved the re-appointments of Phillip Hayes, Mike Jones and Ken Patterson to new three-year terms.

•Approved a cost-of-living adjustment for two retired town employees, as recommended by Retirement Systems of Alabama. The increased benefits will cost the town $179.78 a month, or a little more than $2,000 per year.

•Voted to give $300 to the town’s fire department for its efforts in putting on the weekly Movies in the Park, as it has in previous years.