Jemison buys municipal insurance

Published 8:43 am Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Jemison City Council unanimously voted Monday to purchase insurance from the Alabama Municipal Insurance Corp. (AMIC), for $997 annually.

If the city were hit by severe weather and lost sales tax revenue, the insurance would cover Jemison $80,000 per month for a period of six months.

Councilman Rex Bittle told the council he thought purchasing the insurance was a good idea.

“I think this is a smart thing to do,” Bittle said.

Councilmen George Brasher, Donnie Lane, Robert Morris, Bittle and councilman Sam Reed voted in favor of the insurance.

Reed presided over Monday’s meeting in Mayor Eddie Reed’s absence.

The council also unanimously voted to approve the purchase of a graduation advertisement in The Clanton Advertiser for $1,350 for 2014.

Chilton County Tax Assessor Rex Cleckler addressed the council at the end of the meeting seeking political support.

Cleckler is running for Chilton County Revenue Commissioner and told the council he would like to continue serving Chilton County.

“I want you to know that if I am elected that cooperation and an open door will be two things that are important to me,” Cleckler said.

In November, Chilton County voters will elect an individual to serve as Chilton County Revenue Commissioner.

The new role will combine two offices—those previously filled by the tax assessor and tax collector.

Cleckler explained Monday that voters decided in 2010 that the offices of Tax Collector and Tax Assessor become one office of Revenue Commissioner.

Currently, Cleckler serves as the tax assessor and Tim Little serves as the tax collector. The newly elected revenue commissioner will not take office until Oct. 1, 2015, but voters will choose who should fill the position during the 2014 General Election.

Cleckler, Little and Chilton County Commissioner Joe Headley will appear on the primary election ballot in June.