Council considers microphone system

The Rainsville City Council on Monday discussed adding a microphone to the city chambers where the council meetings and municipal court are held.

Councilman Brandon Freeman said many people who watch the meetings from home, streamed live on the internet by local media sources, have said they cannot hear the councilmen.

“I’ve had a lot of people throughout the city that watches the live feeds say they can’t hear us talk or understand what we’re saying,” Freeman said. “So, I want to make a motion that we empower the mayor to start looking into a microphone system for the council chambers.”

Councilman Marshall Stiefel said he hears the same comments from residents but said the solution isn’t spending money on a sound system, but rather, moving the media back to the front of the chambers would solve the issue. Stiefel said after the Nov. 7, 2017 meeting, the podium was moved to the center of the front of the room and the media was designated to sit at the back of the chambers.

“I would just recommend if we’re going to take any action, just allow them to move up here,” Stiefel said. “Normal procedure in most all county commission, the board of education, Fort Payne City Council meetings, they all put the media up front.”

Mayor Rodger Lingerfelt said there are other events that happen in the chambers, so the system could be beneficial to those as well.

“I think it works good with the press in the back,” Lingerfelt said. “That way if they’re filming, they’re not sitting in front of people.”

The council empowered the mayor to report prices for a system at the next scheduled meeting.

The council also:

• accepted the resignation of David Snay from his full time position at city hall.

• approved to replace 24 of the city’s Christmas lights with LED bulbs for a total of $6,546.

• approved to hold the city’s annual Arbor Day celebration on Feb. 7 in the city park, and approved to give Kayron Guffey $750 to purchase the trees to be planted at the event that is set to replace trees lost in the last year.

• opened bids for a new truck for the street department, approximately a 2012 to 2015 Dodge 3500 to 5500 with less than 150,000 miles, diesel, automatic transmission.

• approved to add new streetlights to Thompson Avenue, Olive Branch Drive, Dilbeck Road and Chambers Avenue.

• approved the purchase of two new computers for the Rainsville Public Library. The estimated cost is between $1,200 and $1,500.

• empowered the mayor to find options for a new sound system for the Tom Bevill Enrichment Center.

• approved to place two of the police department’s desks as surplus.

• empower the mayor to look at financing options for the fire and police department communications system.

• approved to pay the monthly bills.

The next meeting will be February 4.

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