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Falkville council OKs $20,000 drainage project

Falkville Town Council approved a $20,000 appropriation to help correct a drainage problem affecting the Falkville High School campus at its regular meeting on Aug. 7.

The money will be used to construct a 770-foot concrete flume in a drainage ditch on the south side of the campus, behind the football stadium. In a separate project, the same drainage ditch will be extended eastward with covered pipe to provide improved drainage for the softball and baseball fields.

District III Morgan County Commissioner Don Stisher said his equipment and personnel would provide in-kind work for the project.

The governing body also reached a resolution on which city department will be allowed to use the old Woodmen of the World Building on Sam Gordon Drive.

The building is currently being used by the police department as a storage facility; however, the park and recreation department requested the use the building to store its equipment.

Following an executive session, which was reported to involve the good name and character of an unnamed city employee, the council accepted an offer from Commissioner Stisher to allow the park and recreation to use a portion of a county-owned building on Buster Drive for equipment storage.

Stisher said the building will be occupied by his personnel and used as a district shop following the November General Election. He said plans are to install a new HVAC system this week.

In another motion, the police department was allowed to continue to use the old Woodmen building without making further improvements, pending a decision on a proposed addition to city hall.

Mayor Jimmie Walker said an expanded municipal building would provide space for the police department.

A request from Pee Wee and Debi Murphy for “Inside Town Limits” water rates at their 506 Cedar Creek Road home was approved, subject to the provision of a permanent cattle shed, spigot and cattle watering tough on that part of their farm located inside the city limits.

The council acted on other matters as follows:

•Approved a resolution appointing officers for the Municipal Election on Aug. 28 and establishing compensations for them. Vernon Hall Ayre was appointed as inspector and Susan Kaye Cofield, Imogene Page Speakman, Rhona Howell Summerford and Fay Brindley Taylor were appointed as clerks. They will be compensated as follows: $25 each for attending training, $150 for each inspector position, and $125 for each clerk position.

•Approved resolutions certifying the reelection of councilmen Alton Hill, Place 2 and David Carroll, Place 4. Both are unopposed in the Municipal Election on Aug. 28.

•Falkville volunteer firefighters Monty Coty and Luke Holt were awarded certificates for completing Level 1 training.

•Reappointed Rhona Summerford to a 4-year term on the Falkville Library Board, effective beginning Oct. 1, 2012.

•Approved the cost of lodging and meals for two police officers to receive specialized training at the Midwest Counter drug Center.

•Reappointed Mayor Jimmie Walker to the Morgan County Economic Development Association for a 4-year term.

•A special council meeting was set for Tues., Sept. 4 at noon to canvass the Municipal Election.

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