The council did not make a decision regarding a possible structure to shield the monument from the elements, but it will monitor the situation and consider its options to ensure the preservation of the monument.
Mayor Petey Ellis said other cities have their monuments in the open, and he would want to be cautious about putting a cover over the monument that would detract from showcasing the monument itself, which was intended to honor citizens who have served in any branch of the military.
Mayor Pro Tem Bill Fowler, who is also on the Sumiton-area Veteran’s Board and was instrumental in development of the monument, said he would reach out to the company that created it to see what they suggested for cleaning and maintaining the monument.
In other business:
•The council voted to adopt the safe workplace guidelines, which are recommended by the insurance company each year.
•The council agreed to participate in the annual sales tax holiday for storm preparedness. A resolution will be presented at the next council meeting. The tax holiday is set for Feb. 21-23, 2014.
•Fire Captain Mike Hammock said the city’s fire department is raising money for their annual Toys for Tots giveaway. Donations can be made at city hall.
The council then adjourned and moved to a work session to discuss proposed employee pay raises. No decisions were made on the proposed pay rates increases and more options will be presented to the council at a future date.