Fireworks show funds approved

Published 6:40 pm Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Maplesville’s Fourth of July fireworks show will take place after the Town Council approved a $500 donation to James Smith to handle the event.

This year’s festivities will be held at the Single Ball Field Park located at 301 Shanks Drive.

A scheduled time for the event will be determined at a later date.

Smith is the President of the Maplesville Athletic Club and also requested a donation on behalf of Maplesville High School and the football team’s championship rings.

The Council agreed to donate $7,500 for the purchase of this year’s rings.

Fire Chief Michael Drewry brought to the Council’s attention the possibility of the future expansion for the Fire Department building.

Drewry will begin the search for estimates and have a better sense of what the project would cost at the next meeting on July 11.

Michael Hunt and Keith Shields were hired part-time with the Garbage Dept., while Brian Beckman was hired in a part-time role with the Street Dept. Each passed a drug test prior to being hired.

The computer user area in the Maplesville library has been painted following approval of the project during the Nov. 9, 2015 Council meeting.

At the most recent Council meeting on May 9, up to $500 was approved to purchase a new fax machine for Town Hall.

However, the Town Hall’s current copier had a fax option and Copy Type in Selma was able to come out and hookup the fax capability for a service charge of $99.

“The Council was happy with the price, and we have been happy with it so far as well,” Town Clerk Dawn Smitherman said.

The Council also approved for Steve Taylor with Southern Electric Service to install an external memory drive for the eight motion-activated security cameras that are placed around Town Hall and the Police Department.

The installation will cost an estimated $380 to complete.

According to Smitherman, the new drive will hold material about one month, while the current drive only stores content for five days before it is recorded over.

In other news from the Council meeting:

•Fred Wilson was nominated to the Maplesville Utilities Board for a six-year term that began effective on June 1.

•Donnie Harrison caulked and painted outside windows at the Town Hall that appeared to be rotted. The Council will discuss a more permanent solution at a future meeting.

•Patty Crocker motioned and Hilda Atchison seconded to approve Michael Abbott and Chrissy Harrison as members of the town’s park board. Three more members will be chosen at the next meeting.

•A quote of $200 was obtained from Donnie Harrison to paint the mayor’s office.

•The Council approved a request to donate 0.32 acres of property for easement of road improvement project at Highway 22 and County Road 310 near West Fraser.

•A new checking account was approved solely for alcohol revenue.