New Maplesville police, fire vehicles almost ready for service

Published 6:42 pm Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The residents of Maplesville will soon see a new police car and fire truck patrolling the streets.

Both vehicles were approved for purchase at previous town council meetings and updates on each were presented during the monthly meeting on Monday.

At the moment, the vehicles are in the final stages of getting approved with the proper specifications that will make them ready for service.

The police car is getting the final side stripe decals placed.

Officer Keith Avery will be assigned the new police car after it becomes official.

Each service vehicle should be in use within the next month.

Also at Monday’s meeting, Town Attorney John Hollis Jackson III handed out a copy of a proposed ordinance to deal with the town’s future alcohol sales.

The council will look it over and will meet to vote or address any changes on April 19.

According to Jackson, the ordinance must be presented to the ABC Board by April 22.

The meeting began with Bernard Laister coming forward to remind the council that Utility Board terms are up in May, and that he would appreciate it if they considered him for re-election as Utility Board Chairman.

Ron Ross with Boy Scouts of America was also in attendance and spoke to the council about the importance of having a place for the youth of Maplesville to meet two or three times a week for an hour.

Hilda Atchison proposed the Maplesville Depot as a suitable place.

Ross’ goal is to create a troop combined of kids from Maplesville, Isabella and Randolph.

Mayor W.C. Hayes Jr. requested that Ross gather a list of names to show that enough interest in joining Boy Scouts exists within the community.

“Finding room isn’t the problem, but enough kids have to be interested,” Hayes said.

In other news from the meeting:

•The council approved a one-year raise of 25 cents for Officer Josh Hubbard effective April 20.

•The council approved Adam Simmons to become a reserve officer with the police department.

•The council approved bid of $1,854 for surplus of 1990 Chevrolet truck used by the fire department.

•The fire department received four calls in March, all medical related.

•Timothy Franklin resigned from the Street and Garbage Department.

•Jamie Lovelady resigned as the driver for the Senior Center.

•The council approved Deborah Ruddick Blais to replace Lovelady pending passage of a drug test.

•The council approved an application for a Recreational Trail Grant of $86, 261.68 to be sent.

•Councilwoman Sheila Haigler stated her concern that street signs throughout the town seemed to be titled or bent.