Town to post vacancy on utilities board

Published 4:42 pm Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Maplesville Town Council approved Monday to post a vacancy on the Maplesville Utilities Board after a board member resigned in June.

The council accepted the resignation of Clem Clapp, former Maplesville Utilities Board chairman.

Clapp tendered his letter of resignation June 10.

Clapp was not present at the utilities board meeting or the council meeting Monday and could not be reached for comment by press time Tuesday.

The Maplesville Utilities Board approved Clapp’s resignation during its meeting at 5 p.m. Monday.

The vacancy, which is for a regular board member position, will be posted at town hall, the Maplesville Post Office and SouthCrest Bank.

The board will elect its new officers in September.

Current members are vice chairman Bernard Laister, secretary Jimmy Stewart, Chad Brewer and Bill Pearce.

Brewer and Pearce were appointed by the council in June to serve six-year terms on the board.

Brewer and Pearce occupy seats previously filled by Michael Morrow and Johnny Higginbotham.

In May, the council tabled a decision regarding whom to approve for the open positions after hearing from Laister, who recommended Morrow and Higginbotham for reappointment.

The utilities board has five members that each serve staggered six-year terms.

When members complete their terms, the council may either approve to reappoint them or choose to appoint new members.

The council will review all applicants for the position at the next council meeting in August.

Those who wish to apply need to fill out a form at town hall.

For more information, call Town Clerk Dawn Smitherman at (334) 366-4211.

In other business, the council approved to pay $13,540 as needed toward a grant for extrication tools for the fire department.

The match on the grant is $2,253, and the grant writer is JMCM.

The grant for extrication tools is separate from a grant the department obtained recently for a new fire truck.

The $228,000 grant is for a 2,000-gallon tanker, and the town must provide a $12,000 match plus grant writer fees.

The council approved a list of specifications for the truck to be compiled and bid request letters to be formatted and sent out.

The council will open bids during its meeting Aug. 11.

Fire Chief Michael Drewry and Hayes provided an update on upcoming EVOC (Emergency Vehicle Operator Course) training and physicals for fire department members.

Training will be $35 per person, and Hayes said physicals from Dr. Lucille Collins in Maplesville would be $70 instead of $85 per person.

Drewry said any money the town has left from training and physicals can be put toward the new fire truck.

Regarding a free CPR class for town employees, Hayes asked Drewry if he would choose two dates he and Assistant EMS Chief Christine Epperson would be available to conduct the class and give employees an option as to which date they attend.