Council passes motion to buy new computers
by W. Brian Hale
May 18, 2011 | 2083 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
OAKMAN — The Oakman City Council voted unanimously to purchase new computers for the city magistrate and the city clerk and to have C.E.S. Computers in Jasper clean all the city’s computers at Monday evening’s meeting.

Council members said the action was to ensure the city’s records would be kept secure and that Oakman’s current computers will be virus-free after a number of infections had been reported.

In other actions from the meeting:

•A motion to amend a May 11 resolution naming Sanquenetta Johnson to the court clerk and magistrate position passed with a 3-1 vote. The resolution placed Johnson as only the city’s magistrate, whereas the amended resolution will correctly identify the position. Jack Smith, Steve Windham and Marion Constant voted yes, Mayor Joyce Todd voted no and Dennis Welch did not vote.

•A motion to place Johnson’s name on the city’s bank account for the court and to take Leon Welch’s name off passed with a 3-0 vote. Smith, Windham and Constant voted yes, Welch and Todd did not vote.

•The council voted unanimously to go into executive session to discuss pending litigation. At the conclusion of the 24-minute closed session, City Attorney Charles Tatum reported that no action had taken place during the private meeting.

•Council members asked that a bank financial statement for the city’s court and a list of everyone’s name on the city’s bank account be made available to them.

•The council commended the efforts of the Oakman Fire and Police Departments during the April 27 tornado outbreak.

•Welch discussed researching funding for a community tornado shelter and a generator for the Oakman Community Center for future preparation in the event of a disaster similar to the April 27 storms. He also discussed the importance of city leaders making themselves visible during the time of such a crisis.

“If there’s one thing these storms should have taught us, it’s that if you can save a life, it’s worth anything we can spend to make it happen,” Welch said. “A storm shelter that can withstand the type of winds that a tornado carries — especially the winds that an F-4 or F-5 tornado carries — can mean the difference between life and death. A generator here at the community center could give our residents who may be without power for days a place to cook a meal and get out of the elements. In my mind, it’s something we need to look at very carefully.”