By Nathan Prewett For The Tribune
MOODY – At a regular meeting on Monday, Jan. 24 the Moody City Council voted to approve a resolution that would hire professional services to develop a 20-year comprehensive plan for the city.
Before the regular meeting took place, the council heard from department heads for the month of December, including reports from the police and fire departments.
Police Chief Thomas Hunt’s report said that there were 1,274 calls for service, 18 arrests, 81 warning citations, 234 total citations, 69 reports completed, 42 misdemeanor cases (27 closed), 42 felonies (28 closed), 15, 879 miles by police vehicles were driven, and car expenses were $1,923.69
Fire Chief Larry Horton reported 185 calls, two fires (one vehicle, one woods, grass or rubbish), 99 emergency medical calls, 13 wrecks, 18 public services, 28 lift assists, 25 false alarms, and one mutual aid. The average dispatch to enroute time was one minute and 40 seconds, while dispatch to arrival time was six minutes and 37 seconds. There were 22 annual inspections and 28 re-inspections.
During the regular meeting, the council voted to hire the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham to develop the comprehensive plan.
According to the resolution the city will commit to the 20% local municipal funding of $35,000 for the project. This would leverage the commission’s Building Communities Grant Program funding for 80% of the project that remains.
The total cost of the project is not to exceed $175,000. Land use will primarily be a focus of the plan, Mayor Joe Lee said.
“We want to identify our commercial, our residential and our industrial uses in our city and what land is best fitted to serve those needs,” he said. “Parks and rec, walking trails and all of that will be addressed as part of the plan.”
He added that municipal buildings will be part of that as well. The city had a similar comprehensive plan that expired in 2000.
Additionally the council approved an agreement between the city and the St. Clair Board of Education to use funds from the American Rescue Plan for local schools. The resolution allows schools to receive $50,000 each. The funds are aimed at assisting schools as they continue to deal with the effects of the COVID pandemic.
In other business the council:
Approved a request from Parks and Recreation Director Mike Staggs for repairs to weight room equipment at Civic Center for $427,
Approved Staggs’ request to extend Civic Center front desk and janitorial/maintenance position job openings through February 2023,
Approved a request from Hunt for SRO Officer Etheredge to attend TAASRO Conference in Orange Beach in June 2022 at a cost not to exceed $1,500,
Approved Hunt’s request to purchase a speed trailer for use in subdivisions and highways, which will also have a flock camera system and cameras on trailer, for $8,479.00,
Approved Hunt’s request for the purchase of two new handheld radios for $1,825.00,
Approved Hunt’s request to spend $1,500.00 from the uniform budget,
Approved Hunt’s request to surplus a 2012 Dodge Charger,
Approved Horton’s request to send James Mulkey to the Fire Marshals Spring Conference in Guntersville for $800,
Approved Horton’s request to purchase medical supplies for $3000,
Approved Horton’s request to purchase medical supplies from Combat Medical for $2,900,
Approved Horton’s request for uniform supplies for $1,100, and
Approved Lee’s request to renew a three-year professional service contract with Rivertree Systems, Inc., which has been the city’s sales tax and business license auditing firm since 2002.