Cleveland councilman resigns

The Cleveland Town Council held a brief meeting last Thursday night, during which Mayor Jerry Jones read to the council a letter of resignation he had recently received from councilman David Grigsby.

In the letter, Grigsby stated although he has enjoyed serving his community in this capacity, and it has been his pleasure to be a part of the Cleveland Town Council, due to circumstances not specifically mentioned he has decided to resign his position, effective April 23, 2012.

Jones explained the council has 60 days (from the date of the meeting) to appoint someone to fill Grigsby’s position. A motion was then passed to hold a special meeting on Thursday, June 7, at 7 p.m. for the purpose of appointing someone to serve out the rest of the term on the council.

In other business, the mayor announced again that both of the new weather alert sirens are now up and operational. This, he explained, makes for a total of three weather alert sirens now within Cleveland’s jurisdiction.

In a previous council meeting, the council announced its intention to apply for an Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) grant to resurface the walking track at the town park. As a part of the preliminary grant application, a public hearing was held just prior to Thursday night’s council meeting, to hear any opposition in regards to the grant. There were no objections made by the public. The council had been previously informed that this grant was a 50-50 match but it has since discovered that the grant is actually an 80-20. An amendment to the resolution was passed in order to reflect the correct numbers.

The park and recreation Board announced there will be two separate softball and baseball tournaments held at the park during the next month or so. A motion was approved to increase the concession stand workers’ pay for tournament games, due to the increased number of hours and additional workers required. The council also approved a motion to allow the tournament monies to be designated to certain projects at the park, which will be determined by the park board.

The April financial statements for the general fund and water department were made available for review.

Council members attending the May 17 meeting, in addition to the mayor, were Kandy Little, Doug Hill, and Glenn Puckett. Councilman Mike Evans was absent.

The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be held on Thursday, June 21, at 7 p.m.