The Munford Town Council unanimously approved a 5 percent cost-of-living raise for town employees during a meeting held Tuesday evening.

According to Munford Mayor David Dabbs, the increase is the town’s way of doing right by its hard-working employees.

“We normally try to be fair to our people, and we look at it all the time,” Dabbs said. “Last year, we weren’t able to do one because of financial woes that we were under. Our revenue has picked up, so we feel like it was our obligation to take care of our employees.”

The council also approved a motion to spend up to $2,500 for a celebration of the town’s birthday Aug. 23.

“This is our founder’s day, and we want to have a big celebration,” Dabbs said. “We haven’t had a good celebration in years. We’ve got a committee together to get some things together so we can celebrate our town’s birthday.” Planned activities for the event are to be determined.

Place 5 Councilman Lee Garrison was not in attendance for the meeting.

In other business, the council:

O Heard a Recreation Board report delivered by board member Deonne Clark, who noted the fitness center purchased some new gym equipment. She also announced youth soccer registration is open until Aug. 15.

O Heard a Library Board report presented by board member Jenny Trickett, who announced the new computer system has been installed at a total cost of $4,979 and will take four to five weeks for the process to be completed. The council approved purchasing the new equipment July 8.

O Heard a Senior Advisory Board report given by board member Judy Moon. She announced that a number of new members will receive meals through the homebound meals program.

O Heard a report on the farmer’s market from market organizer Becky Moore, who pointed out in recent weeks, there have been more craft products and yard sale items than produce at the market. She said she hopes as the summer cools down, more produce will become available.

O Approved a motion by Place 4 Councilman Wade Champion to spend $1,015.19 to make repairs to the golf cart used by the maintenance department.

O Approved a $12,502.65 quote from the Talladega County Road Department to make repairs on Deerwood Road.

O Authorized Dabbs request to surplus equipment in the old part of the old Munford High School and seek bids for demolition of the section.

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