WADLEY - At Monday's Wadley Town Council meeting, a total of six lots were presented to the town by Randolph County Healthcare Authority.

Carol Knight, District 2 representative of the healthcare authority, presented a deed to the mayor and council for six lots located on Tallapoosa Street adjacent to the Wadley Clinic. Knight said the authority purchased the lots several years ago for expansion, but now the property is not needed.

"We want to give the property to the Town of Wadley to use as the town sees fit," she said.

It is not known at this time how the property will be used by the town.

Zoning ordinance

"It has taken a year's worth of work, hours of meetings and involved a number of people, but now it is complete." Those were the words of Mayor Donna McKay after the council formally adopted a new zoning ordinance. "We appreciate the hard work of the planning commission, the zoning commission and East Alabama Planning and Development Commission."

Councilman Jim Hall, representing the zoning commission, said the commission had studied the new ordinance after hours of work and making changes and recommended it be passed by the council.

The new ordinance replaces the old ordinance that was approved in 1969.

Police report

Police Chief Tyler Murphy informed the council that the department has been approved for two grants. A grant from Coosa Valley will provide the funds to purchase tasers and holsters for police officers. The other grant from the Department of Justice is a 50-50 grant that will be used to purchase bulletproof vests for officers.

The chief gave his monthly report and said in 2020 the department answered 716 calls.

In other business, the council:

  • Approved an ordinance establishing rules for procedure for council meetings.
  • Approved a resolution for mileage adjustment as per the State Comptroller's Office from 58 cents per mile to 56 cents per mile.
  • Adopted a proclamation for Arbor Week to be observed Feb. 21-28.
  • Held a brief discussion on COVID relief money. Mayor McKay stated there is some $58,000 remaining, and the deadline for purchases has been extended to Dec. 31, 2021. "I will meet with Chief Murphy and we will discuss how the money can be spent according to state and federal guidelines and what needs we have," said McKay.
  • Announced the town hall will be closed on Monday, Jan. 18, in observance of Martin Luther King Day.
  • Accepted a certificate and letter of appreciation from the American Legion Post for a recent donation.

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