Dodge City receives $54K in CARES Act funds

The Dodge City Town Council at its meeting Thursday evening (Maggie Darnell for The Cullman Tribune)

DODGE CITY, Ala. – The Dodge City Town Council Thursday night voted to execute an agreement with the State to use allocated funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).

Dodge City received $54,409.48 for COVID-19-related expenses. Before receiving the funds, the Town spent an estimated $3,800. The council voted to use the funds for:

  • John Deere Gator with a 25-gallon tank dedicated to sanitizing public areas for $19,253
  • Pay for the employee who takes the temperatures of people entering town hall and monitors the number of people in the building- $8 an hour. The council voted to hire an independent contractor to spray/sanitize public areas; he works six days a week for $25 a day.
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE), cleaning and sanitation products and sterilizing buildings
  • Any other items needed for containment and protection against COVID-19


Mayor Tawana Canada said public areas include benches in front of the town hall and senior center and playground equipment and benches at Perry Ray Park.

The council voted to keep the employee who takes temperatures at town hall through December.

The council voted to appoint Town Clerk Vicki Ogletree election manager since Canada is running for re-election in the Aug. 25, 2020 Municipal Election. A special meeting has been set for Aug. 4 at 5 p.m. to decide on additional election workers.

Two items on the agenda were tabled: renewal of the AirEvac Lifeteam contract for $3,995 a month (due for renewal in August) and renewal of the contract for the township deputy with the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office.

The Dodge City Town Council meets the second Thursday of each month. The next regularly scheduled meeting is Aug. 13, 2020 at 6 p.m.

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Maggie Darnell