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Shaw named superintendent of utilities

Published 12:34pm Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The city council voted 5-1 Monday to name Mayor Charles Shaw as superintendent of utilities for the City of Alexander City.

District 6 Councilman Tony Goss was the sole vote against the measure.

The ordinance calls for Shaw to be paid a monthly salary of $1,250 to serve in the position.

The council also unanimously approved a 25-year lease for the Alexander City Horse Riding Club at the Sportplex. The ordinance states, “the Alexander City Riding Club is willing to construct a riding rink and allied facilities upon such portion of unneeded real estate as may be designated by the city for use as a riding rink … and pay to the city 10 percent of all net proceeds derived from all events staged at said riding rink.”

The ordinance also requires the club to maintain liability insurance and frees the city of liability should damage or injury occur on the property.

Another ordinance unanimously supported by the council was to exempt covered items from municipal sales and use tax for Alabama’s State Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday, which is set for February 22-24, 2013.

Council members also declared an emergency for the Light Department in light of the department’s lack of a bucket truck.

According to the ordinance, an older bucker truck “scheduled for replacement this year … was recently inspected, and it was determined that it would take approximately $30,000 in repairs to get this vehicle certified,” which department heads felt would not be a fiscally responsible way to use city funds.

The ordinance went on to detail that another bucket truck is out of commission since it was involved in an accident.

The department has located a new bucket truck, which currently has a purchase price of $162,948. Council members approved the purchase of that truck in an amount not to exceed $173,000.

The council also unanimously voted to purchase a new vehicle for the mayor’s office, as the one initially assigned to former Mayor Barbara Young is currently in use by the clerk’s office. Cost was designated to be no more than $18,000.

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