The Lineville City Council, along with Mayor Roy Adamson met Monday, December 7, 2015 to discuss general city business.
Clay County Animal Shelter Beverly Latham was present to address the Council with an update on how things were going at the Shelter. Latham reported they were making progress at the Shelter, with the help of volunteers, donations, and local businesses. Latham also reported that over 200 animals had been through the Shelter since the doors open in early September to be registered and tracked by the Shelter. Latham explained with Shelter in bordering counties closing, they tried very hard to maintain strict guidelines and good operating standards.
Adamson told Latham the city wanted to help and were looking for ways to make a contribution to the Shelter, but since their funds were limited with already passing the yearly budget and thought about possibly sending people to the Shelter who needed to serve community service as a possible outlet.
City Administrator and City Court Magistrate Donna Mathews explained there had been some ongoing issues with the Circuit Clerk’s Office not wanting to be responsible for issuing city warrants on the rare occasions when Mathews was on vacation or out of town. Mathews went to explain that since this was an issue with Ashland as well, she and Ashland City Clerk Robin Catrett were requesting of the Ashland and Lineville Councils to appoint Catrett as Backup Magistrate for Lineville and Mathews as Backup Magistrate for Ashland so that in the event one of them were out of town, the other could fulfill the duties at hand, at no extra expense to the cities.
With rumors circulating about the possibility of an alcohol/drug rehab facility going in at the former Twin Oaks building, Mayor reported it was still unclear what was going on at this location at this time. Adamson stated they had discovered the property had been sold, but they had not been able to find out who the new owners were or what their intentions were for the facility. Adamson said they were having a hard time catching anyone at the facility to provide any information. “Eventually we will get answers” said Mayor.
Lonnie Schlosser, Commander of Lineville VFW Post 9581, was present with inquiries and pledges of help with any needed maintenance of the Veterans Memorial park just inside the Lineville City Park. Schlosser stated that even though their resources were limited, they will willing to help with any maintenance tasks at hand. Mayor thanked him for his offer and told him that the City Maintenance Crew did the majority of the upkeep. Schlosser commended the committee/persons responsible for the Memorial Park, stating that he had been to many small towns Veterans Parks and that Lineville should be proud of the one we have because it was very impressive.
Mayor and Mathews told Schlosser they had several calls and people come to City Hall with money to have the names put on the Wall of Honor in the Veterans Park. Schlosser said he was told Jerrold Denson was the go to guy with the names, but he would be glad to be the contact person for this need. Schlosser said that there was no more room for names on this wall and a new monument was needed. He said he had been in contact with Almond Memorial and they gave him a quote of $1600 for a new one.
Chamber Director Tiffany Young was also present with the November monthly briefing regarding new members, upcoming events, etc. Young thanked the city for helping with movie night and getting the park ready for it. Young reported this night was a success with over 65 in attendance, despite the cold.
Adamson asked Young if the Chamber was getting closer to having a new office. Young reported the EDC was meeting next Thursday night to discuss their options as whether to rent or build a facility to house the Chamber Office. Young said she felt confident she would be in an office by February or March.
Council members approved the following items with no discussion:
- Monthly Bills
- Previous meeting minutes
- Approval to close City Hall on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Thursday and Friday
- Approval of a one-time salary adjustment for all city employees at the sum of $200 for full-time employees and $50 for part-time. Total cost was $4134.
- Approval giving Administrator Mathews permission to serve as part-time Magistrate for Ashland City Court whenever there is a need.
- Approval to donate the former 1997 Chevrolet 2500 city vehicle to the town of Wadley, as recommended by Lineville Housing Authority Director, Charles Bass. This vehicle was previously donated to the city by the Housing Authority.
Adamson concluded the meeting extending thanks to everyone else who played a part in making the parade a success, with special appreciation to the Lineville Merchants Association, Just a Little Frosting, Lineville Police Department. Adamson said the turnout was extraordinary, considering the rain, but noted that you couldn’t reschedule a parade when you have already reserved a Grand Marshal. Mayor stated Miss Alabama was a very gracious hostess and represented the state of Alabama very well.
Police Chief reminded everyone of the Toys for Tots program they had going on if anyone wanted to help.
This concluded the meeting.