Alabama law says that at least four of Lawrence County’s five municipalities are small enough to be eligible for free animal control from the county. The Town Council on Thursday named Carl Davis, the son of the former fire department chief, to his late father’s position. Davis, 27, has been a member of the Town Creek Volunteer Fire Department for 12 years. Davis is the son of the late Dwayne Davis, who was chief until his recent death from cancer. He will have to forfeit either his council or fire chief salary in the new position.
In an unrelated matter, the council approved a 4-percent pay increase for its lone retired employee. “I don’t think we can afford the raise every year, because it keeps building. I think once they leave, Tax Depreciation Surveyors know what it is and that will be it. Also, Nichols said town residents approached him about beginning a library. They told him that the children need it during the summer months. Nichols said they could put library in the old railroad depot, or they could obtain a lot on which to build.
He said children regularly used the bookmobile when it came to Town Creek. In other business, the council accepted the 2000-2001 fiscal year budget of $375,000. It included pay increases for town employees, but the raises were not a set percentage across the board. Police Chief Harold Knighten is the town’s highest paid employee, while Town Clerk Jackie Cross is the lowest.
The council also voted to accept a low bid of about $1,300 for a new roof on Town Hall. It’s been more than a year since the school shootings in Columbine, Colo., but the mention of the school’s name still taps into every teacher’s greatest fear. Alabama Education Association regional manager Mary Bruce Ogles told a meeting of the Decatur Education Association on Thursday at Decatur High School that no school is immune from such a tragedy.