Thorsby council passes budget

Published 9:48 am Tuesday, September 22, 2015

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Thorsby’s Town Council approved a $2.26 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year at its meeting Monday.

The budget is a slight decrease from the current fiscal year’s budget of $2.43 million.

Mayor Jean Nelson told council members the most significant difference was the project to re-paint the town’s water tank, which was completed during the current fiscal year.

Nelson said officials included several projects in the budget that could be needed during the upcoming fiscal year, including replacing the roof at town hall and addressing the heating and cooling system at Helen Jenkins Chapel.

Nelson also said an effort was made to be more accurate with expense projections for the public works department, which has been over budget the current year because of needed maintenance to vehicles.

The budget was passed unanimously by the three council members present.

Council members Nicole Fuller and Randall Higgins were absent from the meeting.

In other business, the council:

•Approved Police Chief Rodney Barnett’s request to add William Pledger and Phillip Blake as reserve officers. Barnett said Pledger is a 47-year-old Thorsby resident, and Blake is a 29-year-old Clanton resident. Barnett said the additions would have the department at five reserve officers, which is an ideal number.

•Heard from Public Works Director Terry Jackson that he worked with Nelson to hire Jeremy Latham last week to replace an employee who left.

•Approved for Nelson to enter into a contract with Connell’s Pest Control for pest control services at five town-owned locations, at a rate of $200 per month.

•Tabled a decision about a donation to Care Net pregnancy resource center.

•Approved minutes from the Sept. 8 meeting.

•Approved paying appropriate bills.