New Brockton votes to hire building inspector

The New Brockton Town Council voted to hire a part time building inspector at its regularly scheduled meeting on Jan 6.

Mayor Kathy Holley said that the position would be part time at 30 hours a week and a pay of $15-16 an hour.

“We’re getting to that place where we need someone to go around inspecting buildings in this town so we can get some rectification done to them or them demolished,” Holley said.

She said the inspector had previously worked in the same position for the City of Elba.

She said that the town’s inspector fee will need to be revisited as well.

In other business, the town approved filling a vacancy in the street department. The council voted to hire someone for 30 hours a week at a pay of $9 an hour.

The council also voted to pay the municipal worker’s compensation insurance at the cost of $6,843.

The New Brockton Town Council approved Resolution 19-06, which allows the replacement of the traffic light at the intersection of McKinnon Street (Highway 302) and John Street (Highway 122) in downtown New Brockton. The traffic light will be replaced by a flashing beacon. Last year, the town turned the intersection into a four-way stop.  

Holley asked the council’s opinion on whether to auction off the town’s Ford Ranger and the old New Brockton Senior Center bus or to place the vehicles on GovDeals.

Councilman Courtney Campbell made the motion to list the vehicles on GovDeals, which was unanimously approved.

A motion regarding the town’s rental fees was tabled until the next meeting.

City Clerk Debbie Andrews noted during the financial reports that the town’s balance on a Troy Bank and Trust loan showed $7,152.19. She said she had made an additional $2,500 payment on the loan earlier that day and asked the council to consider paying off the rest of loan.

The council then voted and approved for Andrews to pay off the loan, which has been on the town’s books for over 20 years.

During her comments, Holley noted that New Brockton Town Hall will be closed on Monday, Jan. 20 in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The town will also be having its annual remembrance march for the holiday starting at 9:30 a.m. at the old Warren G Smith school and end at the Greater Springfield Missionary Baptist Church. A celebration service will begin at the church at 11 a.m. on Jan. 20.

The next Town of New Brockton work session will be Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. at New Brockton Town Hall. The meeting is open to the public.

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