By Megan Miller, Editor
TRUSSVILLE – Trussville’s most recent City Council was full of approvals and resolutions the city will soon take action on.
The first order of business was approving the purchase of one of the portable classrooms from Paine Elementary to be moved to the soccer fields at the Trussville Civic Center. The portable will be divided into temporary changing rooms for boys and girls, so the home and guest teams have a place to change when playing in Trussville.
“Some of the kids are changing in the parking lot, in their cars, things like that,” Mayor Buddy Choat said.
The only concern, which was raised by Councilman Perry Cook, was what the meaning of “temporary” would be. School board liaison Jef Freeman and Choat said they would like the portable to be on site for no more than five years while the soccer program raises funds to put permanent facilities on site.
“They have plans to landscape and make it attractive, not just put it on blocks,” Freeman said.
Cook made a motion to pass a resolution for longevity pay for employees of the city of Trussville, which will be dependent on increments of service time. The period for pay will begin on the first day of Trussville’s fiscal year and will be a one-time payment annually.
“Our employees are appreciated and valued, and we hope they are happy to be part of this team,” Council President Brian Plant said. “We got word it would be beneficial if they got it before Thanksgiving, and we were able to make that happen.”
Councilman Zack Steele made two motions that were unanimously approved, one in relation to the streets in Cahaba Manor second sector, and the second for a change order for the Trussville Public Library.
According to Steele, the developer of Cahaba Manor has finished the final coat refinishing the streets in the neighborhood, and the council passed a motion to acknowledge that the City of Trussville will not assume maintenance or further responsibilities for the road until one year after the seal coat has been applied to the road.
The change order for the library was in the amount of $2,130, and will cover excavation costs.
The final order of business came during council and mayor reports, in the form of a reminder to the community.
“We have leaf trucks going through the neighborhoods trying to keep the neighborhoods as neat as possible,” Choat said. “We’re having trouble with people putting things other than leaves on the curb, other debris that is causing some problems for the machine.”
Choat said that this is a busy time of year, so he asks that all citizens be considerate of what they’re putting on the curb to be picked up.
Mayor Choat also made a motion to potentially add a specially called city council meeting on Dec. 1 at 5:30 p.m.. The next council meeting isn’t set to take place until Dec. 13, and Choat said he’d like to meet prior to that date, in the case that city business or budget matters arise that can’t wait until the next meeting. The meeting was tentatively agreed on by council members, but is subject to change dependent on the number of council members that can attend.