School supplies funds allotted

The Fort Payne city council on Tuesday appropriated $200,000 to Fort Payne City Schools for student and teacher school supplies.

Council President Brian Baine said the total amount has increased from the amount the school has received the past three years.

“We appropriated in the budget $50,000 for the past three years,” Baine said. “This year, we are doing $150,000 to go along with that. This is equivalent to $200,000, which will go for school supplies.”

Councilwoman Lynn Brewer said the $200,000 equips students with the supplies they need for the beginning of the new school year.

“This is to insure that no student will have to buy supplies when they start school,” she said.

City Clerk Andy Parker said the city council usually gives $50,000, but the appropriated amount of the additional $150,000 covers the supplies both teachers and students will need.

The $50,000 will be divided between teachers for their classroom supplies and the $150,000 will be for the students’ supplies.

Parker recommended the council give a presentation of the appropriated funds during the next council meeting and the council agreed.

The council also approved for a budget adjustment to be made during the next council meeting for the purchase of four pet waste eliminator stations for $950. Brewer said the addition of the pet waste systems is in efforts to make Fort Payne’s downtown area pet-friendly, especially during city-hosted events.

“This is just in an effort for when we have events downtown,” Brewer said. “There are a lot of people with dogs that are not educated about picking up their waste. So this is just to encourage them so that when we do have events downtown, like Boom Days, Third Saturdays, or whatever it may be, this is so that we will have those stations and hopefully will be a pet-friendly city.”

A hearing was approved to take place during the June 4 council meeting to receive public comments and to accommodate advertisement requirements about a petition to vacate an unopened alley adjacent to First Fidelity Bank. Nikki Scott presented the petition.

The council also:

• approved the finalized Memorandum of Understanding between the city and Valley Joist for their new construction project.

City Attorney Rocky Watson said it has been signed by Valley Joist and that the Industrial Development Board is scheduled to meet May 17 to approve it

“All it lacks is we’ve made the appropriate adjustments that we’ve all discussed and we just need approval in its present form and an authorization to sign by the mayor and Andy.

• authorized payment to Kellett & Kellett for reimbursement of expenses related to the Valley Joist project in the amount of $1,352.50.

• approved a contract with Tinker Ma, Inc. for architectural services for the Fort Payne Public Works building

• had discussion about a request for payment from Matt Sharp for a housing expenses incurred at the DeKalb County Animal Facility for a dog which was confiscated as a vicious animal and the council authorized Watson to write a letter to Sharp in response

• approved an alcohol license application for the South-End Market, ownership change

• approved activity permit for Hustle for Hope St. Jude fundraisers walk/run thorough the high school route, on Saturday June 22 from 6:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m.

• approved a street light request for DeWane Simpson at 6906 Oakwood Drive N.W. and for

Grant Walker at 410 Barry Street

• Held a disciplinary hearing in executive session for Shauntea Moore, sanitation department employee

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