Berlin set to hire part-time help, approves changes to 2 roads

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BERLIN, Ala. – The Berlin Town Council on Monday voted to create four temporary part-time staff positions to assist with the town’s upcoming 2024 Community Day Tractor Show in celebration of Sweet Grown Alabama Day on July 13, 2024.

Town Clerk Keirstyn Montgomery posted the first job on Tuesday, seeking an assistant for up to 20 hours per week, starting June 10, 2024. Three more positions will be posted closer to the event, with employment to begin July 8, 2024. All positions will conclude on July 16, 2024, though the council will consider extending one of the positions, if needed, at its July 15, 2024, meeting. All positions will pay $15 per hour for up to 20 hours per week. Applicants must be at least 18 years old. For more information and application, visit https://berlinal.gov/2024/05/21/1753/

The council passed a resolution to return County Roads 1612 and 1614 to gravel surfaces temporarily. Mayor Patrick Bates told the council that repair and resurfacing plans are getting increasingly expensive, and that “the project is mushrooming” with the necessity of relocating water lines and fire hydrants. The approved measure will take the roads down to a new gravel layer with new culverts while Bates follows engineers’ advice to seek a Community Development Block Grant to fund the expanded project.

The council held the first reading of an amended ordinance to change income thresholds for town business licenses. If passed, most area businesses and delivery services coming to the town will not need a license if they make less than $10,000 per year in the town. People offering property for rent will not need a license until their rentals amount to at least $20,000 per year. The council can vote on the measure at its June meeting.

The council also discussed possible means for annexing an abandoned cemetery recently uncovered. The Berlin/Kritner Cemetery, alternately known in historical records as the Herron Family Cemetery and Warren Family Cemetery, had been untended for a number of years and had become overgrown until adjoining property owners decided to mow the patch, discovering a pile of relocated markers in the process. Bates said that he would continue looking into possible means of annexing the unowned lot, so the Town can take an official role in maintaining it.

The Berlin Town Council meets on the third Monday of every month, at 7 p.m. in Berlin Town Hall. The public is invited to attend.