Jemison commits more to animal shelter

Published 9:11 am Tuesday, September 17, 2013

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The Jemison City Council voted to increase funds to the Chilton County Humane Society by $1,000 for city animal control on Monday.

The council heard from Chilton County Humane Society Vice President Tom Cuthbert regarding an increase in animal intakes for the city of Jemison.

Cuthbert told councilmen George Brasher, Donnie Lane, Robert Morris, Rex Bittle and Mayor Eddie Reed (councilman Sam Reed was absent from Monday’s meeting) that the humane society had not requested a monetary increase from the city of Jemison in five years.

“I am here before you tonight because we need more money,” Cuthbert said. “Our intake is up in this city and we need more funds.”

Bittle suggested Cuthbert’s request be taken into consideration when the council reviews the budget for the upcoming fiscal year in the next couple of weeks.

“I am in favor of this, but I am wondering if it should be a part of our discussion when we go over our budget,” Bittle said.

The council decided to go ahead and vote to commit $1,000 more to the Chilton County Humane Society, making the city of Jemison’s yearly contribution $6,000 for animal control.

In other news, the council:

•Tabled a discussion with Chilton County Master Gardeners representative Sondra Henley regarding the purchase of 12 18-inch “imperial” baskets for flowers throughout the city. The council voted to discuss the purchase of the baskets that would cost roughly $1,100 for the city until the Sept. 26 council meeting.

•Made a motion to transfer a retail beer and wine license from 191 Express to M.I.J. Petro Inc.

•Approved a request of $1,000 for the Chilton County Transit Authority.

•Approved a motion to approve $4,795 to replace the air conditioner at the former Jemison City Hall location.

•Approved water adjustments for Richard Cook at 778 U.S. Highway 191, Lee Carison at 169 Guy Street, James Moore at 175 Daryl Street and Barry Robinson at 251 County Road 1039.

•Heard from Brasher regarding a request for anyone with a burial plot at the Pine Hill Cemetery to come and remove the metal stobs used to mark cemetery plots. Brasher said individuals with the metal stobs sticking out of the ground posed a liability to the city and requested anyone with the stobs contact Jemison City Hall to receive a numbered marker for the cemetery plots. Brasher said anyone who had not contacted the city by the end of September would have the metal stobs removed.

•Met in executive session for four minutes to discuss an upcoming litigation.