Town council decides to pay off sewer loan (updated)

Published 10:24 pm Monday, January 13, 2014

Court Clerk Cindy Brown presented the warrant report for December, during which the town started out with 868 warrants, ended with 863 outstanding warrants, issued seven, recalled one and served 11 warrants.

Brown said the town collected $67 from the Safe Streets Act, bringing the total for the year to $2,795, the second highest amount of funds collected in a year since the act was implemented six years ago.

The town voted to adoption Ordinance No. 147, the Pre-Trial Diversion Program.

Brown said many municipalities use the program to help streamline their court cases.

“This concerns court cases that are with a criminal offense, most of the time with DUIs and drug cases,” Brown said. “The program sets up a program by which their sentence is not entered into court records until they’ve paid their fine and completed the CRO (Court Referral Officer) program. What this does is make it a little more standardized.”

Town Attorney Hollis Jackson said the city of Clanton utilizes the Pre-Trial Diversion Program.

“It allows the defendant to enter a conditional plea of guilt,” Jackson said. “We don’t use it a lot, but maybe for a first time offender or young person. It’s worked well for us.”

In a conditional plea of guilt, the defendant reserves the right to appeal specific legal issues before his or her plea may be enforced.

Maplesville’s Pre-Trial Diversion Program will go into effect after it has been posted for one week.

For the Street and Garbage Department, Kenny Barrett said repairs to the garbage truck would be complete within the next week.

In other business, the council:

•Approved for Barrett to clean up private property on Maple Drive. The town had sent a notice to the owner(s) in December that the property was deemed a nuisance property, but council members said cleanup has not started.

•Approved for a lean to be prepared for a property on Mobile Street for non-compliance with the town’s ordinance prohibiting nuisance properties and refusal to pay for Barrett’s labor and materials used in cleaning the property.

•Approved for town hall to charge residents $1 per page for color copies.

•Accepted Town Clerk Sheila Haigler’s intent to retire this year.

Haigler said she has served the town for almost 10 years and made the decision to retire after much thought and prayer.

“I’ve enjoyed my time here, but as Ecclesiastes says, there’s a time for everything, and it’s time to go home,” she said.

The council will hold a special meeting for personnel issues related to Haigler’s pending retirement on Thursday, Jan. 30 at 5:30 p.m.

The town is accepting resumes for the town clerk position and prefers that they be submitted by mail or in person no later than Jan. 30.

The town’s mailing address is: Town of Maplesville, P.O. Box 9, 9400 Alabama Highway 22, Maplesville, AL 36750.

For more information, call (334) 366-4211.