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Walker to step in

Published 11:13am Tuesday, April 16, 2013

City council splits 4-2 in appointment of next BOE member

In a split 4-2 decision, the city council appointed Dorothea Walker Monday to fill the Alexander City Board of Education seat.

District 5 Councilman Jim Spann nominated Walker, and other council members who voted in support of Walker were Council President Bob Howard, District 4 Councilman Billy Ray Wall and District 6 Councilman Tony Goss.

“She was just impressive when she did her interview … and with her resume,” Wall said.

District 1 Councilman Bobby Tapley and District 2 Councilwoman Sherry Ellison-Simpson nominated incumbent board member Fred Norris to serve another term, a motion that failed 2-4. Both voted against Walker’s nomination.

“I voted with what the community wanted,” Tapley said following the meeting. “I only had one supporter of Dorothea (Walker) and I had two supporters for Diane Lemmond, but I’ve had 30 or so phone calls in support of Fred (Norris), including people from the central office, principals, assistant principals and commissioners in other counties. I was elected to be the voice of people, so that’s why I voted the way I did. But I’ll be behind Dorothea (Walker) and support her fully.”

Several council members shared their appreciation for Norris’ service on the board, of which he has been a part for 10 years.

Howard said, “(Norris) served loyally and faithfully for 10 years, and we thank him for that.”

Walker’s term will end May 20, 2018.

The council also:

n approved Mayor Charles Shaw to execute a contract with Larry Speaks and Associates to provide engineering and surveying to replace a 16-inch water transmission main along Jefferson Street and Campground Road. The contract was approved in an amount not to exceed $12,000.

n approved Shaw to execute Amendment 1 to Task Order 29 with the engineering firm CH2M Hill for the firm’s assistance with services during construction for the Hillabee Water Transmission Main pipe replacement project in an amount not to exceed $116,500.

n approved an annual contract of services between the city and the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce. Howard said this is a standing agreement that needs approval each fiscal year.

- amended the Personnel Management Manual by adding an Internet usage policy.

- amended the city’s travel policies concerning employee reimbursement.

- awarded a bid for fire uniforms to McCain Uniforms of Birmingham.

- awarded a bid for firefighting equipment to Sunbelt Fire of Fairhope.

- awarded a bid for one new/unused generator for the police department to Nelson Electric of Alexander City in an amount not to exceed $39,558.

- awarded a bid for professional services for the inspection of the sanitary sewer system to Video Industrial Services of Birmingham for $219,750.

- transferred an existing off-premises table beer/wine license to Baker Foods Inc., the company that purchased Piggly Wiggly.