Two of the sanitation department’s three trucks are currently out of commission, council members learned during a special called meeting last week. Sanitation supervisor Jon Geddings informed the council that the one remaining truck, a 2002 Peterbilt, and its two-man crew struggle to run the routes because of the lack of other trucks.
“We are on borrowed time,” Mayor Sonny Posey said last week as he declared an emergency situation, which allowed the council to move forward with the purchase immediately.
The council agreed to provide the funding for the purchase.
The council also introduced a request to spend more than $630,000 to purchase a BBT truck, leaf truck and tractor for the city’s streets department.
The expenditure will be voted on at the council’s next meeting, which is set for next Tuesday.
In other business, the council:
•approved the minutes of the June 17 council meeting and a July 2 special called meeting.
•approved a request to block off a portion of 28th Street from Florida Avenue to an adjacent alley for a birthday party on July 11.
•approved a request to close a portion of Third Avenue on July 13 for Vacation Bible School at First United Methodist Church in downtown Jasper.
•agreed to close a large portion of downtown Jasper Sept. 12-13 for the city’s Foothills Festival.
Jenny Sayles, the city’s special events coordinator, said preparations are being finalized for this year’s festival, which is expected to bring large crowds to downtown for the two-day event.
•introduced an amendment to the city’s budget pertaining to a line-item transfer.
•approved travel expenses for city prosecutors Deb Capps and Robert Richardson to attend the Municipal Prosecutor Seminar Sept. 23-25.
•heard from city purchasing agent Derleda Abrom concerning bids received on polyethylene pipe, contract renewals for purchasing tires and for grounds maintenance at city property, and her need to send out bid invitations to purchase dumpsters and maintenance at Gay Reed Cemetery.
•approved travel expenses for public works director Joe Matthews to attend summer meetings of the Alabama chapter of the APWA and the Alabama ASCE later this month.
•discussed sending bid invitations for vendors wishing to sell alcohol at the city’s Foothills Festival.
•adopted a resolution to allow Posey to enter into an agreement with the Alabama Department of Transportation for a project concerning turning lanes on Whitehouse Road near the city’s industrial park.
•approved a request to allow Posey to enter into an agreement with the city, the Jasper City Board of Education and Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood for materials testing at the site of the new Walker High School.
•approved a request to allow Posey to sign necessary documents to receive grant funding to build a new pavilion and restrooms near the Lindsey Dream Field at Memorial Park.
•adopted a resolution regarding several properties that fall under the city’s nuisance abatement ordinance.
•heard from resident Sandra Guthrie, who presented an American flag to Matthews and city planner Keith Pike to fly at Oak Hill Cemetery at the gravesite of her late husband, Roy Guthrie.
•heard from resident Tamara Bowman about concerns she has for stray dogs running loose in her neighborhood.
A pack of dogs attacked and killed her beloved pet dog last week, she told the council.