WADLEY - At last Thursday's Wadley Town Council meeting, the council discussed the 2020-2021 budget, specifically for the police department.
Police Chief Tyler Murphy told the council the department had lost the part-time officer. "Right now I am one officer short and need to hire an additional full-time officer. We have to have officers on the street and a resource officer at the school. With an extra officer, this would have us covered and would cut back on overtime," he said.
Murphy told the council he would like to offer his officers some type of uniform allowance. He explained, "The officers could buy what they needed and be reimbursed by the town. They would have a $300 limit." The council agreed with Murphy on his recommendations and told him to put these items in his budget request.
The new budget will be adopted at the October meeting. Murphy closed by informing the council that the department had answered some 677 calls since Jan. 1. The council commended Murphy and the department for the good job they are doing.
In other business, the council:
- Approved a $1,000 donation to the Cheaha Regional Library.
- Approved a proclamation designating October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
- Approved to have attorney Robbie Hyde update the personnel manual at a cost of $2,500 to $3,000.
- Approved trunk-or-treat downtown for Saturday, Oct. 31, from 5 to 7 p.m.
- Approved hiring two co-op students from the high school to work at a rate of $7.25 per hour.
- Scheduled the next council meeting for Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 5 p.m. with a public hearing to be held prior to the regular meeting.
- Commended Marcia Houze for a job well done on the farmer's market.
- Noted that according to state regulations, the town playground remains closed to the public.
- Noted that roofing work on the Perry building had been completed.