New Site Mayor Phil Blasingame told councilmembers at Monday night’s town council meeting he would like to see the town annex property to make drawing required council districts easier.
“(Town attorney) Mac (Clayton) informed us we have to draw up five districts,” Blasingame said. “It is a process. It is not something that can be done in one meeting. Prior to drawing up districts there are areas I would like to see us annex to make things easier. It is to make everything flow, makes the districts easier. It would give us a larger number of residences.”
Blasingame said the areas are already served by the New Site Police Department as they are in the police jurisdiction.
“There are no real issues,” police chief Phillip Weddle said. “We already patrol those areas.”
Blasingame added there were no other additional costs to the town as it already provides water in the area. He added Rep. Ed Oliver had already provided a resolution to him with blanks to fill in so it would work in the legislature.
The areas being considered for annexation include a little of Highway 49, Crowe Road, Cowpens Road to Sanford Road, the remaining portions of Cowpens West not currently in the town limits, Goldville Cutoff, Lashley Road, Whaley Road and Veazy Road.
The council voted to give Tallapoosa County $20,000 to assist in paving Church Street and Boyd Loop. Tallapoosa County commissioner John McKelvey was at the meeting and said the commission hoped the town could help fund part of the project. The decision was unanimous though councilmember Mickey Carter abstained, stating he owned property along on the roads.
Councilmember Toby Hanson was absent from the meeting.
In other action the council:
• Approved amending the town’s personnel policy to show the town offers health insurance to its employees and will pay $250 a month toward premiums. The policy also requires if employees choose not to go with the town’s insurance they provide proof they are covered by other policies. The insurance will also allow councilmembers to enroll but without a stipend from the town during normal enrollment periods.
• Approved the purchase of LED lights for town hall at a cost of $2,320.
• Is looking at allowing the Horseshoe Bend Youth Football League to use space in the gym to store equipment and use the downstairs locker rooms for fitting areas when they issue equipment. League leadership inquired about the use of the old basketball office but Blasingame and members of the council said they needed to speak with coaches at the school as they might need the space. Councilmembers said the original intent of the renovation of the gym was to provide practice space for basketball teams at Horseshoe Bend School; the Tallapoosa County Board of Education gave the town $5,000 toward the project.
• Was reminded ethics forms are due April 30.
• Was reminded Cazadores is holding a ribbon cutting in New Site for a new restaurant April 15.
• Was reminded of a car show with booths April 20 to benefit the fire department.
• Was told the new booster pump for the water system was running in Goldville.
• Approved a $150 sponsorship for the police department to be represented in a first responders coloring book.
The next meeting of the New Site Town Council is at 5 p.m. Monday, April 15.