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Council names acting police chief

Published 10:19am Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Willie Robinson to serve as interim chief following Charles Rafford’s resignation

Deputy Chief Willie Robinson will assume the role of acting chief of the Alexander City Police Department effective May 30.

The resolution was unanimously approved by the Alexander City City Council at its meeting Tuesday night.

In a work session following the council meeting, councilmembers discussed the process of filling this position permanently.

Council President Bob Howard asked the council if they thought the interview process should be done by all the council or by a subcommittee.

“I think that is something all the council should be involved in,” said councilwoman Sherry Ellison-Simpson.

The rest of the council agreed that the entire council should be present in the interview process.

After some discussion, the council asked city clerk Harriett Scott to call the Alabama League of Municipalities to ensure the correct procedure is followed with posting of the position.

During the regular meeting, the council discussed two proposed events for June – a Color Me Downtown 5K Fun Run and a Young Professionals inaugural membership meeting.

During a report from the parks and recreation committee, it was discovered that organizers of the Color Me Downtown race had failed to get approval from the city council.

“They know they are supposed to do that,” Howard said. “They are supposed to have a map that is approved by the police department. Certain events have to be approved by the city.”

Howard noted that other runs that have been held downtown followed procedure and got the proper permits.

The council approved the measure with the contingency that Robinson and Fire Chief Kem Jones sign off on the final plans.

The council also discussed allowing the newly formed Lake Martin Young Professionals group to use Strand Park for an event June 3.

YP President Lacey Howell said the group wants to get more young people involved in the city.

“Our mission is to grow ourselves professionally and the community socially, professionally and civically,” Howell said. “We want to be involved. We feel very invested in the future of this community.”

The group requested use of the park, suspension of open-container ordinance and waiving of the $500 fee.

Councilmember Tony Goss expressed a concern that alcohol was the high point of the event.

“That could not be further from the truth,” said Randy Lee, a YP member who helped organize the event. “(Allowing open containers) is not the high point, but when you are having a social event, especially with a younger crowd, that is a way to draw them out.”

The council approved 5-1 to allow the event as proposed, with the contingency that YP secure liability insurance and pay for police security during the event.

The council also:

– approved a resolution that set new rental rates for use of certain public buildings at the Charles E. Bailey Sportplex and Russell Recreation Complex.

– approved a resolution authorizing the mayor to execute all necessary documents concerning matching funds for street resurfacing funds under ATRIP, including being willing to provide 20 percent matching funds plus all engineering design funds.

– approved a resolution authorizing the mayor to execute any and all necessary documents concerning matching funds for street resurfacing funds for three projects under ATRIP

– approved a resolution authorizing the mayor to execute any and all necessary documents concerning matching funds for bridge replacement funds under ATRIP.

– approved a resolution calling for a public hearing to rezone property located at 2152 Cherokee Road from its present RR to B-2 at the request of Ricky Goss and John R. and Mary L. Parker.

– approved a bid from Eastern Aviation for aviation fuel for the T.C. Russell Airport at the price of four cents above base cost for jet A fuel and four cents above base cost for Avgas 100LL fuel.