WADLEY - Wadley Town Council gathered for a brief meeting on Monday night with Mayor Donna McKay and Council members Linda Briones, Michael Brown and Jim Hall in attendance. The meeting was held at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall to allow social distancing.
Following the approval of the minutes from a called meeting on March 26 and the financial statements, the council basically took care of some housekeeping matters.
In the first order of business, McKay read a resolution that will be sent to Alabama Department of Environmental Management to show the town's compliance to the Municipal Pollution Prevention. The council voted unanimously to adopt the resolution.
The month of May is "Cleanup Month" in the town. McKay said a roll-off dumpster would be located at the old train depot for residents to carry their trash. Some of the items that will NOT be accepted are: household garbage, electronics, chemicals, tires, asbestos, cross ties, utility poles, treated lumber, sealed containers/paint, batteries and medical supplies.
Wadley Police Chief Tyler Murphy presented the April report from the police department. The numbers were as follows: 34 calls, 22 traffic warnings, 1,258 business checks, two warrants served, four misdemeanor arrests, seven felony arrests, three pending felony arrests and one open investigation.
The chief introduced Phillip Smith as the town's newest officer. Smith has many years of experience in law enforcement with the City of Anniston and most recently as chief deputy of Clay County Sheriff's Department.
McKay announced the town has partnered with Alabama Farmer's Market newest program, "Sweet Grown Alabama."
In other business, the council:
- Agreed to observe the annual Sales Tax Holiday July 17-19.
- Accepted the Gold Risk Award from the Alabama Municipal Insurance Corporation.
- Acknowledged a letter of thanks from Wadley Fire Department for a $250 donation to the fire association banquet.
- Will announce the location of the next council meeting to be held on Monday June 1.