BAILEYTON, Ala. – The Baileyton Town Council met Monday night and discussed several items before entering an executive session to interview and review candidates for assistant town clerk. The council had agreed at a previous meeting that an assistant town clerk would be beneficial, not only to Town Clerk Pat Gilbert, but for the entire town.
No decision on the selection for the position was made Monday night. Councilmember Dewayne Sumner did make a point to announce before the executive session that although he would participate in the meeting and interview portion, he would abstain from voting due to being related to one of the applicants.
Mayor Windell Calloway updated the council on the progress toward repairing the town’s tornado siren. The charger is needing to be replaced. Calloway explained, “We’ve ordered one and as soon as that comes in, they will come back and fix it for us.”
The council approved a list of policy and procedures for town employees. Sumner stressed the importance of having the policies and procedures in place. He said, “I discussed them with the attorneys at the municipal league. We need to implement these to make sure we cover ourselves, especially with free Wi-Fi that we may have here in the city that we could be providing and also just for security.”
The town is currently in the process of looking into providing the town with free Wi-Fi at the park. Council members wanted Gilbert to ask a few more questions about options with Sprout regarding pricing, bundles and security. The item was tabled until more information could be obtained.
The Roger Latham Memorial Horse Show is returning after its cancellation last year due to COVID-19. The horse show, featuring racking and walking horses, is scheduled for July 30 and 31 at the town’s horse arena.
In other business:
The council asked to meet with a representative from their current insurance provider to determine which line items can be deleted.
Mayor Calloway informed the council that much of the town’s equipment is old and in need of being replaced. He gave examples of an old chain saw that no longer works, outdated and inefficient weed eaters and lack of basic tools and tires on the town’s truck that are balding. The council supported the mayor by giving him approval to purchase new equipment.
Plans are being made for a summer coed softball league and the plans to bush hog roads will hopefully resume next week depending on rain amounts.
The Baileyton Town Council meets on the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Meetings are now held inside the new town hall.
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