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At Monday’s meeting of Wadley Town Council, Mayor Donna McKay questioned Police Chief Cory Ligon on the use of fuel by police officers while in their vehicles. As at every meeting, the chief shares his activity report and fuel usage for the prior month with the mayor and council. The matter of fuel usage by the department was brought up by the mayor.
For the month of January, the fuel cost totaled $1,334.84. Mayor McKay questioned the chief about officers letting their vehicles run when parked in a specific location or on the side of the road.
“It doesn’t seem logical to me for the officers to sit in their vehicles and have the motor running or leave them running when they get out somewhere,” the mayor said.
The chief responded that it was necessary.
“None of the equipment in the vehicle will operate without the engine running, and if we shut off it takes a while for everything to come back up,” said the chief. “If we are sitting on the side of the road running radar, we can’t cut the vehicle off. If we did that, we would have no radar, radio, computer or emergency lights.”
The mayor responded she had checked with several towns in the area and none of their officers leave their vehicles running under any circumstances.
“We just need to cut expenses, that is all I’m saying,” McKay said.
Chief Ligon told the mayor, “I am not going to tell my officers to cut their vehicles off. I see their vehicle as their office. They need to stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer and I will not tell my officers to sit anywhere, especially on the side of the road with their vehicle turned off.” The mayor told the chief again, “It doesn’t seem logical to me.”
The mayor and chief had no other comments, nor did council members.
In other business, the council:
- Heard a presentation from Jared Kirby of Alabama ONE Credit Union, formerly First Bank.
- Approved the purchase of led lights, fixtures and wire for the baseball and softball fields at a cost of $77,000. The town will borrow the money and make payments over the next five years.
- Approved to hire Hannah Hamby to assist Avery Bailey in the recreation department at a rate of $500 per quarter.
- Approved to pay Nikkie Houston $2,000 per year to become water and waste water certified and to sign monthly reports.
- Approved to repair the wash pot building roof and make repairs to the utility building at a cost not to exceed $8,500.
- Approved Southern Date IT Services as the town’s IT service.
- Approved March 23 as the date for the annual Easter Egg Hunt.
- Approved a donation of $250 to the Randolph County Volunteer Fire Association for the awards banquet on April 6.
- Scheduled the next council meeting for Monday, March 4 at 5 p.m. at the Wadley Baptist Church Sanctuary. The meeting will follow a public hearing on rezoning property on Highland Avenue.