Thorsby Council approves new hires

Published 11:12 am Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Thorsby’s Town Council on Monday approved personnel decisions for the police and public works departments.

Police Chief Rodney Barnett’s recommendation to hire Chris Wilson as a part-time officer was approved.

Also, the council approved sending a TPD officer to training in Birmingham from May 12-14 at a cost of $295.

The council approved another hire during its regular meeting. This one was for Casey Brand in the Public Works Department, at the recommendation of Director Terry Jackson after another employee resigned.

In other business, the council:

•Voted to put a town-owned vacant lot up for sale. Mayor Jean Nelson said the lot, which is located at 26 Cleveland Street, has an appraised value of $12,500.

•Tabled a discussion about developing a policy about how the town handles water leaks. Customers are responsible to pay for water spilled by a leak on their side of a water meter, but the council in the past has allowed the customers to be charged at a commercial rate when a high bill was caused by a leak. The council took no action Monday on a pair of requested water adjustments, and council members and Nelson said they would look into how other municipalities handle such situations.

•Learned that National Day of Prayer will be recognized at Helen Jenkins Chapel on May 2, with refreshments available at 8:30 a.m. and the ceremony at 9 a.m.

•Heard from Town Clerk that an online bill pay option is now available on the town’s website for residents to pay water bills. The town’s website can be found at

•Learned that the town’s limb truck is inoperable, so town workers are about a week behind on picking up limbs.

•Approved the minutes from the April 7 meeting, with a correction made to show Councilman Glenn Littleton’s abstention, because of a conflict of interest, from a vote regarding a donation to Butterfly Bridge Children’s Advocacy Center.

•Paid the bills, with a transfer of funds as necessary.