Council, mayor honor longtime city employee
by Ron Harris
Feb 19, 2014 | 1918 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jasper Mayor Sonny Posey, at right, honors city purchasing agent Tommy Knight, who is retiring later this month after working with the city for 28 years.
Jasper Mayor Sonny Posey, at right, honors city purchasing agent Tommy Knight, who is retiring later this month after working with the city for 28 years.
Jasper City Council members and Mayor Sonny Posey recognized longtime city employee Tommy Knight, who is retiring later this month, during Tuesday morning’s council meeting.

Knight, who started his career working in the city’s parks and recreation department in 1985, is currently the city’s purchasing agent. He is retiring after working for the city for the past 28 years.

Posey presented Knight with a plaque honoring him for his years of service to the city, and city clerk Kathy Chambless gave Knight a special clock from his fellow city workers thanking him for his work with them.

“On behalf of all the employees in this city — and you may not believe this but I know it’s true — from the administration to the employees, we’re going to miss you,” Posey said while recognizing Knight and presenting him a certificate of appreciation.

“I certainly, along with the staff, want to tell Tommy how much I appreciate him for all the jobs he has performed successfully throughout his career,” Chambless said. “If I had one word to describe Tommy’s career here, it would be ‘faithful.’ He has been faithful to his job, faithful to his profession, and he has shown how faithful he is in how he conducts himself.”

In other business, the council:

•approved the minutes of the Feb. 7 meeting.

•recognized Glenn Ferguson, who told council members of a car show sponsored by the Central Alabama Rodders Association that will be held on Saturday, Oct. 18. Ferguson asked council members for permission to again hold the car show in downtown Jasper.

Last year, more than 400 automobiles from across the Southeast participated in the group’s car show and drew thousands of people to downtown Jasper.

The council granted the request.

•granted a parade permit for the Chatter Teeth 5K Run benefiting the Walker High School track team. The run will be held Saturday, March 8, in downtown Jasper.

Walker High track Coach Patrick Darwin said proceeds from the run will help fund the track team’s trip to state competition.

The council also granted permission for a 5K run for the Don Roberts Memorial Run for Pancreatic Cancer on Saturday, April 19, beginning at 9 a.m.

Funds raised from the inaugural event will go to pancreatic cancer research at UAB Hospital in Birmingham.

A parade permit was also granted for a 5K run hosted by the Arc of Walker County on Saturday, April 26.

All three 5K runs will begin at Gamble Park and proceed through downtown Jasper.

City planner Keith Pike said the course for each run will be different.

•approved a budget amendment concerning expenditure transfers for the Child Advocacy Center.

•introduced a budget amendment dealing with departmental issues. No action was taken on the request.

•approved a request to advertise in the next issue of 78 Magazine. The council agreed to purchase a half-page ad in the magazine.

•heard from Knight, who gave a report on bids received for uniform service, portable toilets, pool chemicals, concrete ready mix and asphalt cold mix.

Knight also requested the council renew its contract with Hager Oil to supply grease, oil and lubricants, and to send bid invitations for trophies and awards for parks and recreation department activities.

•approved travel expenses allowing city attorney Russ Robertson to attend a seminar on legal issues facing city and county governments April 25-26.

•approved allowing Posey to enter into an agreement with Terracon for geotechnical services on the city’s ATRIP projects.

•delayed a decision regarding a moratorium on granting business licenses to new businesses that deal with payday and title loans.