A committee meeting was planned for the near future. Anyone who wishes to contribute ideas, time or other resources may contact Centre City Hall at 256-927-5222.
Yarbrough, who is chairperson of the finance committee, urged department heads to begin getting their requests and figures together in preparation for the city’s fiscal 2012-2013 Budget, which must be adopted by Oct. 1.
On a more immediate matter, the council adopted a resolution appointing the election officials for the Aug. 28 municipal election. Gail Hayes will serve as inspector; Brenda Ringer, registration clerk; Frances Stimpson, poll list clerk; Georgia Ann Grimes, ballot clerk; Frankie Trammell, inspector; Larry Guffey, registration list clerk; Karen Bradley Warrall, poll list clerk and Linda Hackett, ballot clerk.
The council also voted to waive the meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 28 because of the city election.
“I want to thank our visitors and candidates,” noted Yarbrough. “It is an honor to serve our city. It is work, but I am glad we have citizens who want to serve because that is what we all do. We do it for our city, not for the pay. It is an honor to help and we have been very fortunate that our city has grown a lot.
“We don’t have problems like some other cities. But I appreciate all of the candidates who want to serve. That is what we are here for. There is a lot to do, a lot to learn. Thank you for learning and thank you for coming.”
The council re-appointed John Coggin to the city’s alcohol review board for a three-year term.
On a related matter, the council, upon the recommendation of Tommy Loder, chairperson, alcohol review committee, approved the sale of restaurant retail-liquor-retail beer (on or off premises) retail table wine (on or off premises) for Dari King, 920 West Main St. in Centre.
Mayor Tony Wilkie and council members expressed their appreciation to members of the alcohol review board for their work in evaluating potential liquor sales applications in the city and making recommendations, therefore saving a the mayor and council members a considerable workload.
The council met with Lael Corbett, owner of the Recycling Center on Main Street in Centre, about the possibility of providing an extra dumpster for placing non-recyclable materials.
The Recycling Center opened in November 2011. Corbett is the owner and Robert Duisen is the operations manager. Since that time, they have continued to accept recyclable paper, plastic and metal products.
Recently, they ceased accepting plastic items because some depositors left plastic mixed with other trash items, which were not recyclable. Because they received numerous phone calls, they decided to resume accepting plastic items and asked the city’s help in possibly providing a dumpster to place those items which are not considered recyclable.
The council was reluctant to provide a dumpster free of charge. which would not be fair to other businesses in the city. Mayor Wilkie and council members will meet with Corbett and Duisen in the near future to possibly work out a solution.
“We have been open since November 2011 and the schools and businesses have been great about bringing their cardboard in and things,” said Corbett.
The council agreed to draft a letter of appreciation for Bert Latham who is retiring as the city municipal judge for health reasons. Latham stated by letter that he appreciated working with the mayor and city council over the years. Bill Hawkins, who has served as assistant municipal judge, will serve as Centre’s municipal judge.
In a previous meeting, there was some discussion about roadwork in the city limits and who is responsible for paying the repair costs, the city or the state. Councilwoman Bess Yarbrough did some research and found out the state is responsible for some of the work discussed by the council. Councilman Glenn Chandler commended Yarbrough for this research, noting that she saved the city some $2,200.
In other business, Mayor Wilkie announced he would present plans for repairing the city tennis courts in the Centre City Park at the next council meeting.