The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

September 24, 2013

Athens Council approves budgets, other items

By Jean Cole

ATHENS — Athens City Council members approved fiscal 2014 budgets, agreed to buy two more leaf-collection machines and other matters during their meeting Monday. Here is a synopsis:

• Reappointed Maria Taylor and Rod Huffman to the Athens-Limestone Public Library board, terms ending Sept. 30, 2016;

• Reappointed Johnny Crutcher, Marvin Young and Eddie Smith to the Alcohol License Review Committee, terms ending Sept. 30, 17;

• Approved travel expenses for the Electric Department, including $10.67 for Landon Lawrence for a lab in Scottsboro and $359.62 for Jim Lannom for a technical seminar in Memphis;

• Adopted a revised workplace violence policy to reflect changes made this year to the Alabama Code regarding guns and the workplace;

• Approved fiscal 2014 Gas Department and Water and Wastewater Department budgets, which were introduced at the previous meeting;

• Approved fiscal 2014 General Fund special revenue operating budgets; General Fund operating budget, which includes everything but discretionary spending yet to be determine by City Council; General Fund miscellaneous operating budgets; and General Fund special infrastructure fund operating budget;

• Approved ordinance authorizing issuance of $900,000 general obligation warrant series 2013 allowing the city to borrow from Sun Trust at 1.56 percent interest in order to pay for two compress-natural gas garbage trucks and two used leaf-collection machines;

• Approved allocation of special infrastructure account funds to capital projects;

• Agreed to spend up to $2,000 to Computer Supply Services of Decatur for fiber-optic cable and a rack for fire station 2;

• Agreed to spend $5,000 each for two used leaf-collection machines from city of Huntsville, which is no longer picking up leaves for its residents. Councilman Chris Seibert called Athens’ leaf collection service “another reason to live in Athens;”

• Agreed to spend $60,000 for pipe and material so Public Works can install drainage pipe on Lindsay Lane from Huntsville-Browns Ferry to Canebrake and from Forrest Street to Alabama 251;

• Agreed to spend up to $26,000 to buy a 2014 half-ton pickup truck from the Alabama bid list; half the cost will be paid by the Athens-Limestone County Landfill account; compressed natural gas capability, if available for the truck would be added at a cost of no more than $10,000.