WADLEY - Wadley Town Council is looking for some much needed funds for projects in the town. At Monday's meeting the council approved/ adopted resolutions to apply for the funds.
The first resolution is to resubmit an application to ADECA (Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs). Mayor Donna McKay said she feels like this is a positive sign since the town was asked to reapply. The funds would be used to repave Coolidge Street and put in sidewalks. A public hearing will be held with an ADECA representative at the next council meeting on Monday, July 6.
Police Chief Tyler Murphy addressed the council concerning grants that were available for equipment needed by the police department. Murphy said grants are available from different sources, and the town would be reimbursed for a majority of purchases with the exception of one. "We have an opportunity to purchase bullet-proof vests at a total cost of only $1,700 to $1,800, 50 percent of purchase price, to the town."
Murphy went on to say that grants are available at no cost to the town for tasers, body cameras, moveable digital speed limit signs, laptops and printers for patrol vehicles, rifles for vehicles and practice ammunition. "You're looking at a total purchase of around $38,000, and the only thing the town would pay half for would be the vests," Murphy said.
Mayor McKay said the chief had worked hard since coming to the town just over a year ago. "He has spent a lot of time seeking grants and looking for funds to purchase needed equipment." After a brief discussion, the council approved a resolution for the chief to apply for the grants.
The council approved a resolution setting the qualifying fees for the upcoming municipal elections. The council approved a qualifying fee of $50,00 for mayor and $25.00 for council positions. Qualifying will begin on July 7 with the election being held on Aug. 25. Qualifying fees will be paid to the city clerk and deposited into the town's general fund.
Mayor Donna McKay gave the following updates for the town:
The next council meeting will be held on Monday, July 6, at 5:30 p.m. in the council chambers. A public hearing on the ADECA grant application will be held at the start of the meeting.
Emergency Management Director Donnie Knight will attend the next meeting to discuss an emergency plan in the event of a failure at RL Harris Dam. He will also talk with the council about a community severe weather shelter.
Wadley Town Hall reopened to the public on June 1.
The first Wadley Farmer's Market was on Tuesday, June 2, and will continue til Sept. 1.
The bookmobile will return to Wadley on Thursday, June 11, and Thursday, July 16.
The Alabama Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday will be held July 17-19.
The mayor acknowledged letters of appreciation from Randolph County Learning Center for a $500 donation from the town to the Bike Hike and Dot Wilkinson following the death of her husband.