Heflin City Council members on Tuesday agreed to spend money to protect city property and to keep firefighters safe when responding to accidents.

In a brief meeting council members agreed to declare as an emergency a roof repair on the city’s recreation center.

“We thought we had it stopped, but it has come back,” said Heflin Mayor Rudy Rooks, speaking of the building’s leaking roof.

Having declared the matter an emergency, the city can negotiate the cost of the repair with contractors without spending precious time bidding out the project. The city-owned building was recently renovated, council members said, and leaks from the roof could damage that work, if not fixed quickly.

The council also agreed to allow the fire department to spend its own money to buy vehicle stabilizer struts for the department’s rescue truck. The $6,500 safety equipment is needed to keep the truck upright while firefighters work accident scenes, council members said.

Before the council got to business Tuesday, however, members took questions from the visiting Heflin Boy Scout Troop 206. Each scout asked questions of the council, ranging from queries on rules governing the council/manager form of government to what the city plans to do to fix Heflin’s roads and help the unemployed find work.

That last question got a bit easier to answer Tuesday, as one scout noted when he thanked the council for the city’s efforts in attracting a new business.

Rusken Packaging Inc. announced Tuesday the company will move 25 workers from its Oxford plant to the 186,000-square-foot building on U.S. 78 north of downtown Heflin. The company plans to add at least 15 new positions after the move.

Rooks said the relocation of the company to Heflin “took a lot of people working together to do it.”

Staff Writer Eddie Burkhalter: 256-235-3562. On Twitter @burkhalter_star.