Live streaming meetings to be discussed at work session

A work session for the first Monday in February has been set for the Daleville City Council to discuss the feasibility of live streaming city council meetings in order to provide easier access to the citizens.

At the Daleville City Council meeting Jan. 5, Daleville Mayor Jayme Stayton asked that the topic of live streaming the council meeting be tabled until the Feb. 2 council meeting. He also called for a council work session at 5 p.m. Feb. 1 during which the issue can be further addressed.

Also tabled at the first city council meeting of the new year was making a decision on a request by Councilman Kevin Turley to place city logos on the outside of all city vehicles, with the exception of those used by police detectives. The decision is tabled pending collection of more information about the cost.

A third issue tabled at the Jan. 5 council meeting was a decision on participation in a Code Red Notification System first introduced by Turley.

Turley had initially offered to pay the Code Red annual contract fee himself because it was an unbudgeted item but the council opted to review using CARES Act—Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act—funds to pay for it. Turley said that he understood that although use of CARES Act money was first deadlined for Dec. 31, 2020, the deadline had been extended until the end of 2021.

Councilman Jimmy Monk asked for more details about the expenditures allowed under the CARES Act, if the deadline has in fact been extended.

Daleville City Clerk Angelia Filmore said that she had reached out to the state comptroller regarding any CARES Act extension and had received a reply email. “As of 11 a.m. this morning, the date was not extended,” she told the council.

In unrelated business, the council approved a holiday schedule for inclusion in the city employees’ personnel manuals. Under the new schedule all employees, except emergency personnel, will observe the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day on the third Monday in January, President’s Day on the third Monday in February, Good Friday, Memorial Day on the last Monday in May, Independence Day on July 4, Labor Day on the first Monday in September, Columbus Day on the third Monday in October, Veterans Day on Nov. 11, Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday and Friday in November, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.

If the holiday falls on a Saturday, it will be observed the Friday before. If it falls on a Sunday, it will be observed on the following Monday.

In other business, the council reappointed Yvonne Dixon to the Daleville Library Board and Councilman Alan Souders to the Daleville Redevelopment Board.

The next meeting of the Daleville City Council is Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 5:30 p.m. in the Daleville City Hall Council Chambers. Daleville City Council meetings and work sessions are open to the public.

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