Mitchell to fill empty seat on Maplesville Council

Published 10:50 am Tuesday, January 18, 2022

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Managing Editor

The Maplesville City Council appointed Ray Charles Mitchell to serve the remainder of Richard Davis’s term during a voting session on Jan. 17.

Davis passed away on Nov. 21, 2021.

Mitchell had served on the board for 15 years previously, but stepped down from the council seat in order to run for mayor in 2008.

He was sworn in to the District 4 seat during the meeting in order to meet the Jan. 20 deadline for filling the position.

“I am excited about serving in this seat again,” Mitchell said.

Maplesville resident Ed Hale had also addressed the council with his interest in the open position at the meeting.

Council members also appointed James Smitherman to fill the unexpired term of Wesley Hicks on the Maplesville Utility Board.

During the meeting, the Maplesville Utility Board asked the council for funding to upgrade water and gas meters to a digital model. These new meters would allow the water usage to be checked without an employee looking at each individual meter. The board has applied for a grant, but asked that if it is not awarded, the council use some of its American Rescue Plan funding to make the upgrade. Many of the meters are also old, and the accuracy of some has been questioned.

Mayor W.C. Hayes said whether this was something the funds were allowed to be used for would need to be researched. The town anticipates receiving $88,000 from the fund this year.

Replacing the meters is estimated to cost $200,000.

Hayes said if the funds could be used for this, then the town would help toward the project.

Police Chief Robbie Autery said he would give the water department the contact information for the grant writer that he has been working with for the police department grants.

Also during the meeting, the council:

  • Approved having the mayor sign a letter to Farmers and Associates stating the town leadership was fine with a Family Dollar operating in Maplesville.
  • Approved a 3% raise for employees and a $5,000 increase for the police chief. The police chief is the only salaried position.
  • Discussed its current vacation accrual and the possibility of amending it to give more vacation time to employees sooner. Currently, employees that have worked three years and those that have worked nine years for the town receive the same amount of vacation time.

Maplesville Town Hall will be locked until Feb. 14 due to an increase of COVID-19 cases. Those needing assistance will be able to knock on the door to be let in by an employee.  The next Maplesville Town Council meeting will be Feb. 14 at 6 p.m.