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Council’s amendment stands

Published 1:38pm Tuesday, June 4, 2013

An initial vote of 3-3 to rescind a resolution creating a network administrator position led to debate at Alexander City’s City Council meeting Monday.

Council President Bob Howard, District 2 Councilwoman Sherry Ellison-Simpson and District 6 Councilman Thomas Goss voted against rescinding Resolution No. 13-80, which was passed May 7 to amend the personnel authorization list – creating the position – and to amend the 2012/13 operating budget in the amount of $30,000 for salary and benefits.

“Why not rescind it?” asked District 5 Councilman James Spann, who voted in favor.

Howard explained that rescinding the amendment would rescind not only the salary range for the new position – which had been a topic of confusion – but the position itself.

Finance director Steve Hayes explained that the salary range and operating budget could be changed at a later date following the selection of someone to fill the position.

“We can always rescind later,” Hayes said. “We can go ahead and start receiving applications.”

Mayor Charles Shaw pointed out that the position has already been posted. Hayes said rescinding the resolution would present a setback, hindering the council from moving forward.

“Rescinding it just delays it until we do a resolution the next time because there would be no position available,” Hayes said. “We can come back and restate the operating budget later.”

With the details clarified, Spann and District 4 Councilman Billy Wall recommended a revote.

The revote resulted in unanimous opposition to rescinding the resolution.

The council also:

- voted to authorize the mayor to execute a grant application for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant in the amount of $10,381 to be shared equally with the Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Office for equipment.

- discussed resolutions to honor Central Alabama Community College’s champion golf and baseball teams.

- discussed doing something about the tree stumps on CACC’s campus.

- heard Goss’s report on the fish cleaning station he viewed in Whitehall. A fish cleaning station was proposed for Alexander City at a recent council meeting.

“It looks like it’s going to be a ton of money spent getting it in,” Goss said. “I’m still looking at it, but I definitely feel differently about it than I did in the past.”

Goss said the city is waiting on Gerard Brewer to present pricing proposals for such a station.