Regular Session Minutes of the
Council of the City of Dora, Alabama
December 15, 2022
The Council of the City of Dora, Alabama met in the Dora Municipal Building at 6:00 p.m. We were led in prayer by Mayor Stephens. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Stephens.
The meeting was called to order by Mayor Stephens. Roll call was taken by Stacy Turner. Present at the meeting were Norman Holt, Chris Edwards, Randy Spears, Gary Thomas and Mayor Stephens. David Box, George Sides, Jr. and Hezekiah Walker, Jr. were absent. A quorum was in attendance.
Item #5— Approval of the Minutes – The minutes of the November 10, 2022, regular meeting minutes were reviewed. A motion was made by Chris Edwards to accept the minutes as written. The motion was seconded by Randy Spears. All in favor and the motion carried.
Item #6 – Old Business –None.
Item #7— Bill List – A motion was made by Norman Holt to approve the bill lists dated December 14, 2022. Motion was seconded by Gary Thomas. All in favor and the motion carried.
Item #8 – Departmental Reports – A motion was made by Gary Thomas to approve November 2022 Department Reports A-G. Motion was seconded by Chris Edwards. All in favor and the motion carried.
Park Department Report-Chase Gant related that four families are experiencing a financial hardship and are unable to pay the fee to purchase their basketball uniforms ($50 fee). One specific family has four children playing basketball and was struggling to pay the total due for all four children participating. A motion was made by Chris Edwards for families with multiple children playing basketball that the cost be adjusted to $50 for first child, $40 for second child, $25 for third child and any remaining children in that family participating the fees will be waived. The basketball fee for the remaining three children experiencing a hardship will be waived based on Chase Gant’s knowledge of their financial situation. This fee waiver will be done on a case-by-case basis for those families requesting financial hardship paying their fees. Chase will submit the names of all the players who pay their fees in full, those who receive a discount and indicate those whose fees will be waived to the City Clerk. Norman Holt seconded the motion. All in favor and the motion carried.
Item #9 –Al Blanton- 78 Magazine– Al Blanton of Blanton Media Group met to discuss his social media management proposal for the City of Dora and Horse Creek Golf Course. This proposal includes managing the Facebook and Instagram pages for both entities. It will include photographs of the golf course, public buildings and landmarks, information regarding job postings, announcements, road closings, city events, event room rental tee times and hours of golf course and city hall, etc. The fee for Horse Creek Golf Course is $350/month and the City of Dora will be $385/month with a one-year contract for this service. Norman Holt made a motion to accept the proposal for this service. The motion was seconded by Randy Spears.
Roll Call Vote: Norman Holt-Yes; Chris Edwards-Yes; Randy Spears-Yes; Gary Thomas-Yes; Mayor Stephens-Yes. All in favor and the motion carried.
Item #10 – Human Trafficking Awareness Month Proclamation – Randy Spears made a motion to recognize Human Trafficking Awareness in the month of January 2023. Chris Edwards seconded the motion. All in favor and the motion carried.
Item #11-Police Department Training Requests –Randy Spears made a motion to pay for Chief Hall’s CLEEP training for three different training sessions for a grand total of $1632.01. Chris Edwards seconded the motion. All in favor and the motion carried.
Item #12-Fire Department Request- Randy Spears made a motion to approve the request to have the out-of-date self-contained breathing apparatus bottles refilled/certified that the fire department uses in the event of a fire. The cost is $26/bottle and there are thirty bottles in all for a total cost of $780.00. Gary Thomas seconded the motion. All in favor and the motion carried.
Norman Holt made the motion to adjourn the meeting. Randy Spears seconded the motion. All in favor and meeting was adjourned.