SYLACAUGA – Mayor Jim Heigl and the City Council during their meeting Tuesday night honored the Sylacauga High School boys basketball team for winning the Class 5A state championship Saturday.
Coach Will Copeland accepted a proclamation from the city on the team’s behalf. Heigl presented each boy and coach with a special Sylacauga lapel pin.
The city will hold a parade for the newly-minted state champs Thursday at 4 p.m. The parade route will proceed south on Broadway Avenue to First Street and north on Norton Avenue.
In other business, the council is considering helping to fund two more school resource officers for the Sylacauga City school system.
Councilman Ashton Fowler brought the proposal to the council during a work session Tuesday afternoon. Fowler said he and Councilman Dallas Davenport met recently with school, police and state officials to discuss finding the funding to hire two more SROs for the school system.
The school system has four schools and two police officers in these schools.
“Because of the Parkland school shooting, we are hoping to find the funds to do this with the school system and council paying for the cost,” Fowler said.
Fowler said two officers have been hired for the three months remaining in the school year, thereby providing one officer for each school.
The two officers are Mike Smith and Mike Gorman.
Councilman Donnie Blackmon said he didn’t think the council had any other choice but to find the money.
Fowler agreed, saying, “I think if we have to go broke, we do this. We certainly don’t want what happened in Florida to happen in our schools.”
Council President Lee Perryman said the council will look at some ways to come up with the funding.
In other business during the regular meeting, the council:
Approved a $5,000 expenditure to the Sylacauga Arts Council Marble Festival Fund to be used to promote the city, its marble resources and history and to defray expenses of promoting and hosting Sylacauga’s annual “Magic of Marble Festival” on April 3-14;
Accepted recommendations from The Center for Municipal Solutions, as consultant for the city, to approve resolutions authorizing a special use permit for Verizon and Sprint to modify existing equipment to self-support towers in various locations around the city;
Approved funding at the request of the Sylacauga Planning Commission for Lawrence Wilson of Engineering Design Technologies to review proposed subdivision regulations at an estimated cost of $1,000;
Approved an application for a retail beer and table wine license for off premises use from Moran Foods, doing business as Save-A-Lot Store, at 204 W. Ft. Williams St.;
At the request of fire Chief Adam Gardner, approved an entry rate of pay for full-time firefighter Reid Tapley;
Approved an expenditure of $1,541.42 from police Chief Kelley Johnson to EasyDrift LLC for the purchase of one set of Easy Drift Rings to be used for the purpose of providing in-house SkidCar training, with four other local law enforcement agencies sharing the cost;
Reappointed Jon Hall to the Board of Adjustments and Appeals for a three-year term;
Reappointed Linda Dickson to a three-year term on the Historical Commission;
Approved travel and expenses for the following to attend various training and workshop sessions: police Sgt. Shane Bland, police officer Kelly White and Christopher Gallops, accounting clerk III Kristi Thompson and Sandy Sorensen, and Human Resource specialist Jayne McGee;
Approved accounts payable of $216,162.24 for January;
Accepted a proposal from Tate Associates LLC for services for human resources consulting on job descriptions, pay scales, etc., for a 12-month period at a cost of $2,595 a month;
Approved a payment of $7,500 to Timmy R. Epperson for a settlement agreement and authorized the mayor to execute the agreement;
Heard an update from Laura Strickland, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, on new businesses set to open in Sylacauga; and
Heard from Jim Armstrong, director of the Sylacauga Parks and Recreation Department, on the success of local girls in the Miss Alabama Outstanding Teen Pageant.
The next council meeting will be Tuesday, March 20, at 6 p.m. in the Faye Hosey Council Chambers at the Municipal Complex.