Tuesday, January 17, 2017- Multiple agencies within Randolph County, including Randolph County and Clay County Rescue Squads, responded to a missing persons call around 5:00 PM Tuesday night at the New Harmony Boat Ramp on Lake Wedowee near Flat Rock.
After a couple of hours of searching, it was discovered the missing person was presumed to be a victim of accidental drowning. The victim has been recovered. Our prayers go out to this family.
The Board of Education met Tuesday, January 10, 2017 for a special called session. Prior to this meeting, newly appointed District 4 Board member, Lorri Allen and re-elected Superintendent Billy Walker were sworn in by Judge Jim Malone.
All personnel action items were approved on the Agenda, which included the following:
Richard Coleman – Assistant Principal at Central High School
Deanna Graben – Teacher at Ashland Elementary School
Ivan Roman-Ocasio – English Language Learner (ELL) Adjunct Instructor – Clay Co. Schools
The next regular board meeting will be January 26, 2017 at 4:00 PM.
Below is a statement issued by Ashland Police Chief Joseph Stanford on the Texaco burglary located on Hwy 77N in the city of Ashland that occurred in the early AM hours:
In the early morning hours of January 12, 2017, the A and I Food Mart (formerly known as Texaco) was burglarized after the store was closed. Officers responded, and an investigation ensued.
The suspects stole several items and some cash. The incident is being investigated, and as my policy has been, we will not be able to provide more information on an open case. When information does come available, we will make this available to the public.
Prior to the Ashland Council meeting on January 3, 2017, a planning session was held to hear from several Architectual firms who were making their presentations with their input on the design and renovation on the Police Department, which will be housed in the basement of the new City Hall. No decisions were made on choosing an architect for this job at this session.
Council member Kim Cain thanked Maintenance Supervisor Jody Brown and the maintenance crew for the installation of the new swing set at the park.
Police Chief Joseph Stanford reported the new patrol vehicles were ordered and they were expecting a 10 week production time, which should put them arriving around mid February.
Agenda items approved for this meeting included the following:
Approval of current bills.
Set Public Hearing for Abatement of Nuisance Property of January 18 at 4:00 PM.
Approval to make Acting Maintenance Supervisor Jody Brown permanent as Maintenance Supervisor.
Approval to open and advertise for two weeks for Patrol Officer position.
Approval to give City Hall Assistant Sarah McKemie one-step merit raise (R7-S2).
Add to Mark Heard Cleaning Service to clean office, bathroom and kitchen at fire station for an additional $25-30 a month to his contract.
On December 21, 2016, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office reported recovery of several items taken from a January 2016 burglary on Clairmont Springs Road. Sheriff Latham indicated at that time Investigators were aggressively taking steps to locate other items.
On Friday January 6, 2017 Sheriff’s Investigators were able to locate and recover several other items taken in the 2016 burglary. Saddles, saddle blankets, leather gear and halters, valued at over $1500.00 were recovered as a result of the ongoing investigation.
Investigators followed information that led to White Plains, Alabama, where the above described items were located and recovered. Sheriff Latham commends our investigators on their consistence efforts in this case.
The investigation is continuing with a few other items still be sought.
The Lineville Council met Wednesday, January 4, 2017 for the first regular session of the new year.
Chamber CEO Tiffany Young was present to give her monthly update on all of the Chamber’s events and news. Young reminded the council of their annual dinner coming up on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 6:00 pm at the Central High School Cafeteria. Special guests will be Ryan Robertson and Roger Hammett.
Young also reported the Chamber was partnering with Talladega Career Center to hold a Business Associates Luncheon on every third Thursday of each month at 11:00 am. The first luncheon will be held January 19 at Anderson’s Bistro in Ashland. This luncheon is open to anyone who wants to come. For more details, call Tiffany at the Chamber office, 256-396-2828. Mayor Adamson thanked Young for her briefing.
Council members did approve to renew their annual contract with the Chamber in the amount of $5400.00.
Since the next meeting falls on Monday, January 16, Martin Luther King’s Birthday, council members approved to change the meeting date to Tuesday, January 17.
The Council agreed to accept the resignation of Ronald Robertson from the Lineville Park Board. Robertson has served as the Secretary for this Board for the past 10 years. On that note, Council member Proctor, also President of the Park Board, appointed Jarrid Griffin to this position. This appointment was accepted with a unanimous vote.
In regards to Lineville Park events, Proctor also announced that Twin Creeks Veterinary Hospital wanted to hold a Fun Day in the Park, in which all proceeds raised from this event will go towards the Clay County Animal Shelter. This event will be called Dog Days of Summer and will be held on June 10.
After Council members approved to amend their budget to reflect a salary increase, Council members unanimously approved a 3% pay increase across the board for all city employees. Its been several years since city employees have had a pay increase.
Council member Johnny Appleby mentioned that a CSX Train was parked and left at Shaddix Woodyard over the Christmas weekend at the entrance of Cemetery Rd, leaving no access to the cemetery during this time. There have been problems in the past with CSX blocking this entrance for hours at a time, during which at times people were trapped while attending graveside services. There has discussion of the possibility of another access entrance and/or road to this cemetery at some point in the future.
With no further business, the meeting was adjourned.