The time of the Level Plains City Council meetings has been changed to 5:30 p.m.
At the Level Plains City Council meeting Jan. 5 the council voted unanimously to change the time of the meetings which are held on the first and third Tuesday of the month at the Obetus J. Waters Park Community Center.
The change is the second meeting time change the new council has approved since being sworn into office Nov. 2, 2020.
The council also voted to keep city hall closed to the public until the COVID-19 threat lessens. Meeting now at the community center in accordance with the COVID-19 social distancing mandates, the council opted to keep the current closures and revisit the issue or reopening when the number of pandemic victims in the area lessen.
The city of Level Plains moved all council meetings from city hall to the Level Plains Community Center located at 47 Z Street near the intersection with Dale County Road 1 after Gov. Kay Ivey’s March 27, 2020 order as the state expanded its efforts to stem the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The move was made to accommodate social distancing and to help protect the public and city officials.
To make water bill payments, bill stubs and checks can be put in an envelope and placed in the Red Drop Box on the pole outside the city hall door. Those preferring to pay water bills by debit or credit card may call (334) 347-0422.
For police assistance, dispatch can be reached at (334) 598-3233.
In unrelated business, Level Plains Police Chief Johnny Summers introduced what Level Plains Mayor Ronnie Thompson called “the best police force in Level Plains history,” to the council. Thompson had high praise for the job Summers is doing and said that this is the first time since he has served as an elected official that the force has been fully staffed.
Calling the law officers “a true brotherhood,” Summers said that there are currently four full time officers, four part time officers and five reserve officers on the force.
Full time officers are Lt. Johnny Williams and Sgt. Marcus Alexander. Corporal James Carcache becomes full time Jan. 15 and Officer Selwyn Lynn who will be full time Jan. 19.
Part time officers are Sgt. Clinton Buggs, Officer David Martinez, Officer Mikki Welch and Officer Lance Steward.
The Level Plains Reserve Officers are Shirvon Marsh, Christopher Gordon, Lamar Waters, Philip Waters and Jacob Clark.
Also at the council meeting, Carcache was officially promoted to the rank of corporal.
Councilman Phillip Waters suggested that the council obtain a Spanish course for the first responders and Thompson asked him to look into the feasibility of that and bring a report back to the council.
Thompson also reported to the council that an emergency expenditure of $2,100 had been spent to replace a water meter for a business that spends some $900 a month on water. Thompson said that although the mayor is authorized to make emergency expenditures, he wanted to bring the matter before the council at a public meeting in the interest of transparency.
The next meeting of the Level Plains City Council is Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 5:30 p.m. in the community center. The meeting is open to the public.