Council gets update on county’s child advocacy center
by Jennifer Cohron
Apr 02, 2014 | 1382 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Members of the Jasper City Council received an update on the Walker County Child Advocacy Center on Tuesday.

The city made a $10,000 donation last year to the nonprofit, which serves children who have been victims of physical or sexual abuse or have witnessed a violent crime.

Executive director Lila Sears said approximately 50 interviews have been conducted since the center began operating in August. The center has also offered some crisis counseling sessions and may soon add group therapy sessions.

“We are in the process of moving right along with the business that we set out to do, and that is to reduce the trauma of child abuse in this area,” Sears said.

District Attorney Bill Adair said representatives of the CAC have made two court appearances in recent months on behalf of child victims.

“It has enabled us to have things locally that we had not been able to do here. We had to have people come from other jurisdictions to do these things,” Adair said.

Following the presentation by Sears and Adair, the council voted unanimously to recognize Child Abuse Awareness Month in April.

Council member Gary Cowen said the CAC will also be given consideration while crafting the budget for the next fiscal year.

In other action, the council:

•adopted a budget amendment covering funding for the 2014 Foothills Festival, health insurance for an employee at the library, paving a portion of Whitehouse Road and purchasing a steam cleaner. Another amendment was introduced that once passed will set the budget for Foothills Festival.

•approved a restaurant retail liquor license for Warehouse 319, which will be located at 221 19th Street.

•approved a license agreement with the Walker County Commission and Walker County Emergency Management Agency to replace a repeater antennae on the EMA tower.

•awarded a bid for trophies and awards to Kustom Trophy Shop.

•voted to send bid invitations for asphalt repair and resurfacing.

•approved travel for police personnel to attend Southern Software training.

•approved a request to close a portion of 8th Place Northwest near Oak Hill Cemetery for a function being hosted by a local business next week.

•agreed to advertise in Walker Magazine.

•adopted a resolution setting the cost for nuisance abatement at $100 for a property where overgrown weeds were recently removed.

•approved a lawsuit settlement that was previously discussed in executive session.

•agreed to purchase a used Ford Explorer for the fire department for $13,500 and to purchase emergency lighting, sirens and radio for $3,000. Fire Chief David Clark said the money for the purchases is already available in his budget.