Cleveland deals with full agenda



Cleveland will be seeing a familiar face in the police department this month. Mayor Jerry Jones recommended the town council consider former chief Tim Jones to fill the current vacancy.

“Eight applicants were reviewed, and Tim was considered the best candidate for this position,” the mayor said. Tim previously served eight years as police chief.

The council approved hiring Jones, with councilors Kandy Little and Mike Evans opposing.

The council is looking at hiring two more full-time officers to add to the department with help from ADECA through the Law Enforcement and Traffic Safety Division. LETS administers federal funding for law enforcement, juvenile justice, and highway traffic safety programs.

Because LETS’s grant opportunities are closed until 2011, the council discussed moving forward with hiring one full-time officer until the program opens.

Playground renovations

James Sullivan, park board committee member, presented a cost sheet to the council Sept. 2 outlining materials needed to begin renovations to the town park’s playground.

Sullivan said the upgrades were needed in order to comply with the insurance company and would cost $3,164.40 to complete. The work will include replacing railroad ties, adding pea gravel, rebar, and landscaping fabric around the park’s playground equipment. Town employees will head installations.

Grants, grants, and more grants

Eldridge Bynum, grant committee member, had good news regarding grants available to the town. A 2005 Crown Victoria had been secured for the police department, to be delivered by the state.

Rep. Jeremy Oden had committed a $5000 CAWACO grant to be matched by the town’s $8100 toward work on the football/soccer field. The town’s in-kind work will count as $5000 of its matching money.

Another grant will go toward installation of two weather sirens, one located off Ala 79, the other at Five Points.

The council authorized Bynum to apply for a $168,000 FEMA grant to build two storm shelters. Cleveland’s match again would be in-kind work.

The council authorized Bynum to pursue a grant for constructing a Miracle League field for children with handicaps.

Chamber of commerce

The council contracted with the Blount County- Oneonta Chamber of Commerce for $150 for services.

Chamber executive director Charles Carr attended the meeting, as did Teresa Woods of Superior Bank’s Cleveland branch, whom Mayor Jones appointed to the chamber’s board of directors.

Also at the meeting were 20 members of Jim Kilgore’s government class of Oneonta High School.

Lawsuits

Mayor Jones said James Sullivan’s claim against the town for attorney fees resulting from a suit he had against former mayor Larry Longshore would follow the same procedure as Steve Pass’s claim for back pay, which had been turned over to the town’s insurance company for advice.

Safety program

The council voted to pay $100 toward expenses of any elected official willing to attend the Alabama League of Municipality’s safety and security program.

The council’s next meeting will be Oct. 7 at 7 p.m.