By Erica Thomas, managing editor
TRUSSVILLE — The Trussville Public Library Director, Emily Tish, plans to retire on Jan. 1, 2021. The council acknowledged the announcement in its regular meeting Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020.
Tish has been the director of the library for the past 12 years, a title which she called a highlight of her career. In a letter to Mayor Buddy Choat, Tish recommended Assistant Library Director Jason Baker to fill the vacancy when she retires. Baker has 22 years of experience and has been with the Trussville Public Library since 2009.
Trussville Human Resources Director Peggy Washington Polk is resigning effective Oct. 31, 2020. Polk recommended Amanda Dixon, the current Human Resources Project Coordinator, to take her place. Polk was the city’s first hire for its own personnel board.
Councilmember Alan Taylor was not in attendance for the meeting Tuesday.
A public hearing was held on roadway issues in Barclay Terrace. A representative with the development said he would work with city leaders to find a way to fix at least part of an issue with the roadway. Mayor Buddy Choat said an estimate to fix the roads before the city agrees to take over maintenance is $79,842.30.
“We are willing to try and help all we can but we are going to be more than what this is,” said Choat. “I’ve been out there several times and it is in terrible shape,” Choat said.
A representative from Cajun Steamer appeared before the council and answered questions about the restaurant management’s alcohol policies. Trussville Police Chief Eric Rush recommended the restaurant be granted the alcohol license.
The City Council approved a resolution to accept the streets in the Ashford Ridge subdivision after the developer installed the infrastructure and that infrastructure was approved after an inspection. The city will begin maintenance on the roadways one year after the date in which the final seal coat was applied to the streets.
The council passed a proclamation in support of Wreaths Across America, which will be held on Dec.19, at Jefferson Memorial Cemetery. Three Hots and a Cot and the local American Legion Post 205 will lay 600 wreaths on veteran graves at the cemetery.
The council passed a resolution to authorize the disposal of an old printer and two scanners no longer needed in the administrative offices. The items will go to the highest bidder in a sale.
Other items approved Tuesday night included accepting the resignation of Nora O’Connor from the Beautification Board and the following hirings and upgrades:
- Hire Dayon Bryant, part-time Parks & Rec, Grade 6, Step 1, effective 10-24-2020
- Hire Parks and Recreation effective October 24, 2020
- Carson Cleckler – Grade 7, Step 1
- Matthew Lee – Grade 7, Step 1
- Upgrades Parks and Recreation to Skilled Laborers effective 10-10-2020
- Jesse Sewell – Grade 12, Step 2
- Pam Hasty – Grade 12, Step 2
- John Layton – Grade 12, Step 2
- Mary Bryant – Grade 12, Step 2
- Geovanny Valverde – Grade 12, Step 2
- Upgrade Jenny Shipp to Accountant – Grade 21, Step 3, effective 10-10-2020