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t PAGE 8 THE FLORALA NEWS - WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2015 mm i by Jan Allred The Florala City Council discussed changing a part-time street department em- ployee's status to full- time at their last meet- ng. Patrick McCulligh was hired earlier this year part-time to do one thing, cut grass. His po- sition was slated to be seasonal May-October during the grass grow- ing months. Street Superinten- dent Chris Jackson has previously approached the council to make McCulhgh a full-time employee and has been willing to wheel and deal to ensure that hap- pens. When Jackson first approached Mayor Rob- ert Williamson about possibly extending Mc- Culligh to full-time sta- tus the pair discussed the fact money was not allotted in the budget to cover a full-time em- ployee's salary (which would also include in- surance, and retirement benefits). Jackson said he was willing to take any money not allocat- ed for the salary from his equipment purchas- ing budget. When Williamson discussed Jackson's re- quest with the council, several members didn't think it was smart to transfer money allo- cated for equipment to salaries. Councilwoman Deb- ra' Inabinett said it made her nervous to even discuss it because what would happen if the street department needed a new piece of equipment to do their job but no money was available because the council voted to pay McCulligh's salary out of the equipment al- 10tment. The rest of the council agreed and voted to extend McCUl- ligh's part-time status for another month and agreed they would re- evaluate the position when they had a better idea of how much it was going to cost the city to maintain the lake and ,RV park. According to Wil- liamson, Jackson has been unwavering in his request to make the po- sition full-time and the fact he has been very satisfied with McCUl- ligh's work. However, Williamson said, the sit- uation may soon be out of the council'S hands because Jackson said McCulligh had received another job offer and if the city didn't intend to make him full-time he was going to take the other job. Jackson again said he was willing to absorb the increase to his sala- ries budget by moving money from capital im- provements to salaries. Councilwoman Pat Carmical said Jackson was obviously happy with McCulligh's work so she was in favor of making the position full-time. Williamson said his only hesitation is that the city still doesn't know how much it will take to operate and maintain the lake but it was up to the council. Council voted unani- mously to change Mc- Culligh's status from part-time to full-time effective immediately. In other business the council: voted to approve the minutes of the Octo- ber 26, 2015 meeting as written. voted to approve the minutes of the spe- cial called meeting on long program, and we currently have another 72 enrolled. Addition- ally, we require many other defendants to complete residential rehabilitation; we re- quire every defendant who does not have a high school diploma or G.E.D. to obtain one; we also require domes- tic abusers to undergo Anger Management therapy; and, we re- quire couples counsel- ing, when appropriate, all conditions of guilty pleas. As I said back in 2010, it is my desire to help 'fix the problem.' 'Fixing the problem' is bigger than my work at this Office. co O November 5, 2015 as written. voted to pay the ac- counts payable. Coun- cilwoman Hazel Lee pointed out the amount the city paid to Florala Auto Service. William- son told her two street department vehicles needed work, a 2003 Ford F250 had the windshield wiper mo- tor replaced for $219.56 and a 1999 Ford F250 needed several repairs including replacing up- per and lower control arms, idler arm, pitman arm, tie rod arms, sway bar linc kits and shocks for $1,1667.62. Lee also asked about legal fees paid to City Attorney Wesley Laird. She wanted to know his hourly rate but William- son said he wasn't sure exactly what the honrly rate was but said one of'the reasons the city's legal bill is $3,540 was because the city was forced to defend Florala Police Chief Sonny Bed- sole against false al- legations that he slan- dered or defamed an individual. Williamson said the city would save a lot of taxpayer money if it wasn't always de- fending itself against false allegations. Williamson said Bed- sole had been accused of making remarks that it was proven he didn't make. The remarks in question were made by a reporter, not Bedsole, but the city still had to pay for the city attorney to draw up a letter to the individual's attor- ney proving the allega- tions false. He said the city spends a lot of tax payer money defending itself against frivolous lawsuits and it is ut- terly ridiculous. voted to build the new city playground at Thus, I spend a con- siderable amount of time with Crossover Ministries and with Iron Works Men's Ministry. Crossover provides ad- diction recovery treat- ment, and Iron Works promotes Godly male leadership in the fam- ily and in society. We founded the Covington County Child Advocacy Center. I served on the Alabama Prison Reform Task Force and opposed sentence reductions and prisoner release measures. We've applied jus- tice to all, as evidenced by the fact that we've investigated and pros- ecuted corrupt police officers and public off~- cials. We formed the Cold Case Task Force and solved several cold cases along the way. We've col- lected over $637,000.00 in bad checks that went straight back to area merchants. Over $1.1 million dollars in res: the original location by the old armory. Williamson asked the engineer if there was a spot on the lake where the playground could go and the only spot was left of the Rod- ney J. Evans building on the grassy part. Ac- cording to Williamson, the park would need an 84x40 plat and that was the only location where it would work. Williamson said the engineer told him there were drainage issues at the location that would need to be addressed first. While admitting that area of the park doesn't flood much, maybe once every ten years or so, Williamson said he would rather build the park where there was no chance of any drainage problems ever instead of putting it at a location where problems could one day arise. Plus, Williamson said when he approached donors for funding he told the donors the park would be located by the old armory and one of the donors (a $30,000 donor) had told him should the location change they would have to readdress the fund- ing. "Do I think they'll pull out their funding if we don't build the park by the old armoryT' Williamson asked. "Not really but I did tell them the park was go- ing beside the armory and since we already have their commitment I think we should just go with that location," he said. Carmical had also suggested the city could remove the Air Force plane at the lake and put the park in that lo- cation. Williamson told her he didn't think that FROM FRONT titution has been col- lected for victims of crime in this term. All total, that is over $1.7 million dollars that was put back into the pock- ets of crime victims and merchants all over this county. This is a team effort, and I have a fantastic team of highly intelli- gent and skilled people who make our office click. I offer all of this information to you as a prelude to announc- ing that I am seeking reelection to the Office of the District Attorney for the 22nd Judicial Circuit. I am thank- ful for what you have allowed me to do thus f~, and I am asking for your vote, once again, so I can continue to serve you in our mission to stand 'for the people' and promote justice. Fight the good fight, keep the faith, finish the race. Walt Merrell District Attorney would be a wise move because anytime he had talked with hotels about coming to Florala the ones that did express interest expressed in- terest in building it where the airplane now sits. Carmical told Wil- hamson he had kept his word and looked at put- ting it at the lake and she was satisfied with his efforts and was good with building it at the original site. Councilwoman Ann Eason agreed with it would take to build the park and William- son said once the work began it should only take a couple of weeks. agreed to partially refund its 2009 bond issue, a move that will give the city $193,890 for capital improve- ments. Council members considered three pro- posals from the Frazer Lanier Company be- fore opting to extend the terms of its bonds by six years, keep the building the playground payment at the current by the old armory but expressed her desire to have hghts, bathrooms and cameras at the site. She also Said she want- ed a fence built around the park as well. Lee said she was fine with the park be- ing built by the armory but reiterated her con- cerns over the lack of parking. Williamson stated there are at least 15 spots that could be marked off to the right of the playground. In- abinett asked how long rate, and put itself in a position to use the addi- tional funds for capital improvements. The transaction is possible because in- terest rates are lower, according to Britton Henig, who wrote the proposal for the city. The capital improve- ment funds must be spent in three years. Council members said there are many areas of need in which the funds might be spent, but took no action. Cmdngton County Scheels Brealdast/Lunch Menu Wednesday, Novem- ber 18 -Sausage Bis- cuit, Strawberries, Ap- ple Juice, Milk. Pepperoni Pizza, Broccoli, Corn on the Cob, Sliced Peaches, Milk. Thursday, Novem- ber 19 - Egg Croissant, Sliced Peaches, Orange Juice, Milk. Baked Chicken, Roll, Sweet Potatoes, Tur- nips, Fruit Cocktail, Milk. Friday, November 20 Cinnamon Roll, Cereal, Fruit Cocktail, Grape Juice, Milk Hot Dog, Baked Beans, Tossed Salad, Orange Halves, Cookie, Milk. Monday, November 23 - Holiday Tuesday, November 24 - Hohday Fiorala High School 2015 -16 Basketball Schedule DATE Nov. 19 Poplar Springs Home Nov. 23Jay Home Dec. 1 Samson Home Dec. 7 McKenzie Home Dec. 8 Rocky Bayou Away Dec. 11Jay Away Dec. 15McKenzie Away Dec. 17Rocky Bayou Home Dec. 18Cats Against Paxton Cancer Tourney Dec. 21 Zion Chapel Home Dec. 29 Alumni Game Home Dec. 31 AL/FL Shootout (Pleasant Jan. 2 AL/FL Shootout Home) Jan. 5 *Brantley Home Jan. 8 *Kinston Home Jan. 12 *Pleasant Home Away Jan. 15 *Kinston Away Jan. 19 *Plasant Home Home Jan. 22 *Brantley Away Jan. 28 Red Level Home Jan. 29 Zion Chapel Away Feb. 4 Samson Away OPPONENT LOCATION TEAM TIME JV, VB 5.'00 JV, VG, VB 4:30 JV, VG, VB 4:30 JV, VG, VB 4:30 VG 6:00 Jr, VG, VB 4:30 JV, VG, VB 4:30 JV, VG, VB 4:30 VG, VB TBA JV, VG, VB 4:30 VG, VB 6:00 VG, VB TBA JV, VG, VB 4:30 JV, VG, VB 4:30 JV, VG, VB 4:30 JV, VG, VB 4:30 JV, VG, VB 4:30 JV, VG, VB 4:30 JV, VG, VB 4:30 JV, VG, VB 4:30 VG, VB 5:00 * AREA GAMES Paxton School 2015 -16 Basketball Schedule DATE OPPONENT TEAM TIME Nov. 20 @ Poplar SpringsGirls 6/7:15 Nov. 21 Homecoming vs. Baker BV/GV 5/7 Nov. 23 @ Northview GV/BV 6/7:30 Nov. 24 @ Walton Boys 6/7:15 Nov. 24 @ Laurel Hill 6/7:15 Dec. 1 Central GJV/BJV/GV/BV 4/7:15 Dec. 3 @ Poplar Springs Boys 6/7:30 Dec. 4 Ponce de Leon GJVff -V/GV/BV 4/7:30 Dec. 7 Malone BJV/GV/BV3?30/6 Dec. 11 Laurel Hill BJV/GV/GB5/6/7:30 Dec. 14 Bethlehem BJVSV/GJV/GV 3:30/7 Dec. 18 & 19 Cats Against Cancer BV/GV TBA Dec. 21 @ Cottondale Boys 5:30/7 Dec. 21 @ Walton Girls 6/7:15 Dec. 28-31 Freeport Christmas Tourney Boys TBA Dec. 31-Jan, 2 @ Pleasant Home (Tourney) G ls TBA Jan. 5 @ Malone BJV/GV/BV 3:30/6 Jan. 8 @ Ponce de Leon GJV/I~IV/GV/BV 4/7:15 Jan. 12 @ Central GJV~JV/GVfBV 4/7:15 Jan. 14 Poplar Springs GJV/BJV/GV/BV 3:30/7:15 Jan. 18 Walton Boys 6/7:15 Jan. 19 @ Graceville Girls 5:30/6:30 Jan.21 Freeport Boys 5:30/6:30 Jan. 21 @ Baker Girls 6/7:15 Jan. 22 @ Laurel Hill - Boys 6/7:15 Jan. 26 @ Baker Boys 6/7:15 i ,%