Dora police charge 2 with trafficking dangerous drugs

By Rachel Davis
The Community Journal

Dora Police executed a search warrant in the block of Commerce Avenue, on Monday. They arrested Robert Jason Allen, 43, of Dora, and Misty Dawn Stevens Colburn, 44, of Dora, at the residence. 

According to Dora Police Chief Jared Hall, officers recovered more than…

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Dora groups band together to save dog in danger

By Rachel Davis
The Community Journal

City of Dora employees, firefighters, police officers, volunteers and local business owners worked together Thursday night to save the life of a stray dog found in a very dangerous situation. 

Jennifer Hardy, whose family owns J&J Vending, as well…

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Council Minutes – 7/28/22

Regular Session Minutes of the

Council of the City of Dora, Alabama

July 28, 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 Gary Thomas. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Stephens.

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Randy Stephens. Roll call was taken by Stacy Turner. Present at the meeting were David Box, Chris Edwards, George Sides, Jr., Randy Spears, Gary Thomas, and Mayor Randy Stephens. Hezikiah Walker, Jr. and Norman Holt were absent. A quorum was in attendance.

Item #5— Approval of the Minutes – The minutes of the July 14, 2022 regular meeting minutes were reviewed. A motion was made by Chris Edwards to accept the minutes as written. The motion was seconded by David Box. All in favor and the motion was carried.

Item #6 – Old Business – None.

Item #7— Bill List – A motion was made by Randy Spears to approve the bill lists dated July 28, 2022. Motion was seconded by Gary Thomas. All in favor and the motion was carried.

Item #8 – Resolution #10-2022-Tier I Retirement Benefits to Tier II Plan Members – The City of Dora’s Employees’ Retirement System offers the opportunity to provide Tier I benefits to our current Tier II employees. The benefits and costs to the City of Dora and its employees was discussed in great detail. Hezikiah Walker, Jr. arrived late during this discussion. A motion was made by David Box to suspend the rules and allow immediate consideration to adopt Resolution #10-2022. Motion was seconded by Gary Thomas. The motion carried to suspend the rules for immediate consideration to adopt this resolution. Roll Call Vote: Randy Spears-Yes; Gary Thomas-Yes; Hezikiah Walker, Jr.-Yes; Mayor Stephens-Yes; David Box-Yes; Chris Edwards-Yes; George Sides, Jr.-Yes. A motion was made to approve Resolution #10-2022 by George Sides, Jr. Motion was seconded by David Box. Roll Call Vote: Randy Spears-Yes; Gary Thomas-Yes; Hezikiah Walker, Jr.-Yes; Mayor Stephens-Yes; David Box-Yes; Chris Edwards-Yes; George Sides, Jr.-Yes; Randy Spears-Yes. All in favor and the motion carried.

Item #9 – RTP Grant Change Proposal –A proposal from Gillespie Construction for a change order for underground service at the Recreational Trail Lighting Project for $21,500 was reviewed. A motion was made by Randy Spears to table this item while council members view the newly set power poles on the walking trail. Motion was seconded by Chris Edwards. The item was tabled.

Item #10 – Jordan’s Siding Quote –A motion was made by Chris Edwards to accept the increased quote for previously approved services for vinyl soffit and fascia in park pavilion for $7500.00 and the concession stand for $1,850.00 for a total of $9,350. Motion was seconded by Randy Spears. All in favor and the motion carried.

Item #11 –Griffin’s Floor Science Mop & Buff Maintenance Price Quote– A motion was made by Gary Thomas to approve the price quote for $150/monthly mop and buff maintenance for the entire premises of the Dora Civic Center’s flooring. Motion was seconded by Randy Spears. All in favor and the motion carried.

Item#12 –Municipal Clerk Training – Randy Spears made the motion to approve sending the City Clerk, Stacy Turner to the Municipal Clerks Fall Institute October 19, 2022 thru October 21, 2022 at the Bryant Conference Center in Tuscaloosa, AL. The conference cost is $265 and the hotel estimate is $531.30 for a total cost of $796.30. David Box seconded the motion. All in favor and the motion carried.

Item#13-Bradford Pear Trees-City Hall– Chris Edwards made the motion to cut down the pear trees at the City Hall due to constant breaking of limbs. Gary Thomas seconded the motion. All in favor and the motion carried.

David Box made the motion to adjourn the meeting. Chris Edwards seconded the motion. All in favor and meeting was adjourned.

JOB OPENING – Full-Time – Horse Creek Golf Course

Horse Creek Golf Course
City of Dora
Grounds Crew and Maintenance – Full Time

Duties:
• Grass Cutting
• Weed Eating
• Tree Trimming
• General golf course labor
• Other related duties as directed by supervisor

Qualifications:
• Must be 21 years of age or older
• Ability to work outside in extreme temperatures
• Previous Golf Course Experience a Plus
• Musts be available to work early morning shifts as well as some weekends.

Benefits Include:
• State employee retirement
• Health Insurance
• Life Insurance
• Paid Time Off (PTO) after probation period
• Paid holidays

Must pass drug screening and criminal background check.

Apply at Dora City Hall or Horse Creek Golf Course during normal business hours.

Contacts:
Don Cummings – Golf Course Manager at 205-648-1499
or
Stacy Turner City Clerk at 205-648-3211

Applications will be accepted from August 8, 2022 until August 15, 2022

The City of Dora is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. M/F/D/V

JOB OPENING – Part Time – Horse Creek Golf Course

Horse Creek Golf Course
City of Dora
Grounds Crew-Part Time Position

Duties:
• Grass Cutting
• Weed Eating
• Tree Trimming
• General Golf Course Labor
• Other Duties as Directed by the Supervisor

Must be available to work early morning shifts as well as some weekends.
Must be able to pass background checks to include drug screen, background, and reference.
Applications will be accepted August 8, 2022 through August 15, 2022.
Apply at Horse Golf Course or Dora City Hall during normal business hours.

Contacts: Don Cummings-Golf Course Manager-205-648-1499
or
Stacy Turner-City Clerk-205-648-3211.

The City of Dora is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. MIF/DIV

JOB OPENING – Street & Sanitation Department

CITY OF DORA
Job Opening
Full-Time
Street and Sanitation Department

Benefits Include:

  • Retirement
  • Medical Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Paid Time Off
  • 12 Paid Holidays

Duties:

  • Weed Eating
  • Grass Cutting
  • Tree Trimming
  • Brush Pick-up
  • Street Repair
  • Garbage pick-up on street rights-of-way
  • General Mechanical experience a plus – small engine repair, welding, hydraulics, basic electrical and plumbing skills
  • CDL License is a plus
  • Other duties as directed by the supervisor

Higher Salary will be considered for applicants with experience operating any of the following: Tractor, Bush Hog, Backhoe, and/or Dump Truck.

Individual must pass background check and drug screening plus have an active driver’s license.

Apply in person at Dora City Hall.

1485 Sharon Boulevard

Dora, AL 35062

205-648-3211

Work Hours

Monday – Friday 6:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Contact: Stacy Turner, City Clerk

Applications will be accepted from July 22, 2022 – August 5, 2022

EEOE M/F/D/V

Council Minutes – 7/14/22

Regular Session Minutes of the Council of the City of Dora, Alabama

July 14, 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 Randy Stephens. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Stephens.

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Randy Stephens. Roll call was taken by Stacy Turner. Present at the meeting were David Box, Norman Holt, Chris Edwards, Hezekiah Walker, Jr. and Mayor Randy Stephens. George Sides, Jr., Randy Spears and Gary Thomas were absent. A quorum was in attendance.

Item #5— Approval of the Minutes – The minutes of the June 23, 2022 regular meeting minutes were reviewed. A motion was made by Chris Edwards to accept the minutes as written. The motion was seconded by David Box. All in favor and the motion was carried.

Item #6 – Old Business – None

Item #7— Bill List – A motion was made by Norman Holt to approve the bill lists dated July 12, 2022. Motion was seconded by David Box. All in favor and the motion was carried.

Item #8 – Departmental Reports – A motion was made by Chris Edwards to approve June 2022 Department Reports A-G. Motion was seconded by Norman Holt. All in favor and the motion was carried.

Item #9 – Resolution #8-2022 -One Time Bonus For the City of Dora Retirees – Motion was approved at the June 23, 2022 Dora City Council meeting to approve the one time bonus in the amount of $1,324 for the City of Dora Retirees. The Alabama Retired State Employees’ Association requested this approval be in the form of a resolution. A motion was made by Hezikiah Walker, Jr. to approve Resolution #8. The motion was seconded by David Box. Roll Call Vote; George Sides, Jr.-Absent; Randy Spears-Absent; Gary Thomas-Absent; Hezikiah Walker, Jr.-Yes; Mayor Randy Stephens-Yes; David Box-Yes; Norman Holt-Yes; Chris Edwards-Yes. All in favor and the motion was approved.

Item #10 – Covid Pay For Employees – Mayor Stephens discussed the current Covid situation and increase in the cases affecting the City of Dora employees and suggested paying the employees who test positive for up to five scheduled works days. If the employee is absent longer than five days, they will be required to use their PTO or take leave without pay if they are not eligible for PTO at the time of sickness.

Mayor Stephens also discussed proper exposure guidelines recommended by the CDC and the City will follow the exposure calculator on the CDC’s website for Covid exposure of employees’.

Hezikiah Walker, Jr. made a motion to approve paying the Covid positive employees up to five scheduled work days. The motion did not carry for lack of a second.

City employees will not be paid for time off for Covid and will be required to use PTO or leave without pay.

Item #11 – Resolution #9-2022 Opioid Settlement – The City of Dora is participating in a Class action lawsuit with McKesson and J&J regarding the opioid epidemic. The lawsuit requires a resolution authorizing the City of Dora to join the State of Alabama as participants in current and future opioid settlements and also gives the City Clerk for the City of Dora the authority to sign current and future settlement agreements. The City Clerk will only be allowed to sign agreements once reviewed and approved by the Mayor of the City of Dora. Norman Holt made a motion to approve Resolution #9-2022 to participate in current and future opioid settlements. Motion seconded by David Box. Roll Call Vote-Chris Edwards-Yes; George Sides, Jr.-Absent; Randy Spears-Absent; Gary Thomas-Absent; Hezikiah Walker, Jr.-Yes; Mayor Randy Stephens-Yes; David Box-Yes; Norman Holt-Yes. All in favor and the motion carried.

Item #12 –Park Request-Flag football program – Request was made by Chase Gant to use Park Funds to pay for the expenses related to the new co-ed flag football program for its first kickoff season. Cost estimate is $20 per player. The park needs three teams in five different age groups for the program to be successful. The total cost estimate for approximately 130 players is $2600. The only other equipment required would be for the cost of the flags. David Box made the motion to approve the use of the Park Fund to cover the cost of the flag football program. The motion was seconded by Norman Holt. All in favor and the motion carried.

Item #13 – Walking Trail Culvert – The walking trail lighting project contractor contacted Jeremy Hicks regarding a hazardous condition on the walking trail near the golf course net where a section of the walking trail has eroded due to water coming over the track. There needs to be two 24 inch culverts placed in this section of the walking trail at a cost of $1300 for the culverts. Jeremy and the street department will be able to perform this repair. There will be a future expense to replace asphalt in the area after culvert repair is complete. Motion was made to approve the purchase of the culverts for repair of the walking trail section was made by David Box with the second made by Norman Holt. All in favor and the motion carried.

Chris Edwards made the motion to adjourn the meeting. Norman Holt seconded the motion. All in favor and meeting was adjourned.

Council Minutes – 6/23/22

Regular Session Minutes of the Council of the City of Dora, Alabama

June 23, 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 Gary Thomas. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Stephens.

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Randy Stephens. Roll call was taken by Stacy Turner. Present at the meeting were David Box, Norman Holt, Chris Edwards, Gary Thomas, Hezekiah Walker, Jr., and Mayor Randy Stephens. George Sides, Jr. was absent. A quorum was in attendance.

Item #5— Approval of the Minutes – The minutes of the June 9, 2022 regular meeting minutes were reviewed. A motion was made by Gary Thomas to accept the minutes as written. The motion was seconded by Hezikiah Walker, Jr. All in favor and the motion was carried.

Item #6 – Old Business – None.

Item #7— Bill List – A motion was made by Hezekiah Walker, Jr. to approve the bill lists dated June 21, 2022. Motion was seconded by Chris Edwards. All in favor and the motion was carried.

Item #8 – Golf Course-Sod – A motion was made by Randy Spears to approve the purchase of approximately 18 pallets of sod in increments of 2-4 pallets to be used at Horse Creek Golf Course. The purchase price of 18 pallets will be approximately $3600. The sod will not be available until July 5, 2022. Motion was seconded by Chris Edwards. All in favor and the motion was carried.

Item #9 – Golf Course Carpet Cleaning –A motion was made by Norma Holt to accept the bid received from Steam Pro Carpet and Upholstery for carpet cleaning and stain-guarding the lobby, three offices, conference room at Horse Creek Golf Course for 657.00. Motion was seconded by Randy Spears. All in favor and the motion was carried.

Item #10 – Park Request A/C Unit –A motion was made by David Box to accept the bid received from Weekend Warrior for a two ton ductless minisplit until for the concession stand at the ballpark for $3500.00 to be paid with park funds. Motion was seconded by Normal Holt. All in favor and the motion was carried.

Item #11 –Retiree Bonus– A motion was made by Randy Spears to approve Alabama Retired State Employees Association one time retiree longevity bonus legislation for $1324.00 for the three remaining active retirees from the City of Dora. Motion seconded by Hezikiah Walker, Jr. All in favor and the motion was carried.

Item#12 –Adjourn – Randy Spears made the motion to adjourn the meeting. Gary Thomas seconded the motion. All in favor and meeting was adjourned.

Council Minutes – 5/12/22

Regular Session Minutes of the
Council of the City of Dora, Alabama
May 12, 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 David Box. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Stephens.
The meeting was called to order by Mayor Randy Stephens. Roll call was taken by SuLeigh Warren. Present at the meeting were David Box, Norman Holt, Chris Edwards, Randy Spears, Gary Thomas, Hezekiah Walker, Jr., and Mayor Randy Stephens. George Sides was absent. A quorum was in attendance.


Item #5-Approval of the Minutes – The minutes of the April 28, 2022 regular meeting minutes and the May 3, 2022 special meeting minutes were reviewed. A motion was made by Gary Thomas to accept the minutes as written. The motion was seconded by Hezikiah Walker. All in favor and the motion was carried.

Item #6 – Old Business –

Item #7-Bill List – A motion was made by Norman Holt to approve the bill lists dated May 10, 2022. Motion was seconded by David Box. All in favor and the motion was carried.

Item #8 – Departmental Reports -A motion was made by Randy Spears to approve March 2022 Department Reports A-G. Motion was seconded by Norman Holt. All in favor and the motion was carried.

Item #9 – Pay Raises -Mayor Stephens proposed giving all city employees a $1.00 an hour pay increase. Chris Edwards made a motion to give all city employees a $1.00 an hour pay increase. The motion was seconded by David Box. Roll Call Vote: David Box -Yes; Norman Holt -Yes; Chris Edwards -Yes; Randy Spears -Yes: Gary Thomas -Yes; Hezikiah Walker -Yes; Mayor Stephens -Yes; Yes -7; No -0. All in favor and the motion carried.

Item #10 – Police Request -A motion was made by Randy Spears to approve for Police Chief Jared Hall to attend the 2022 AACOP Summer Conference in Orange Beach, July 31st -August 4th, 2022, to pay the registration fee of $200.00, and to pay for lodging at a cost of $1116.00. The motion was seconded by Norman Holt. All in favor and the motion was approved.

Item #11 – Surplus Equipment -Norman Holt made a motion to surplus the 1994 S-10 Blazer for $500.00. Motion was seconded by Gary Thomas. A motion was made by Chris Edwards to surplus the 1998 Dodge Ram 3500 for $1,000.00 and surplus the 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 for
$500.00. Motion seconded by Hezikiah Walker. All in favor and both motions carried.

Item #12-Backhoe-The city is currently renting a backhoe from Cowin Equipment Company. Cown has offered to give the city $10,000 trade-in on our JCB backhoe towards the $92,000 purchase of the CASE backhoe that we are currently renting. Chris Edwards made a motion to authorize Mayor Randy Stephens to negotiate with Cowin Equipment Company to get the best deal possible on this transaction. Randy Spears seconded the motion. All were in favor and the motion passed.

Item #13 -Next Meeting – Chris Edwards made a motion to cancel the May 19, 2022 Council Meeting and attend the East Walker Chamber of Commerce banquet and purchase two tables at $200.00 a piece for the council members. The motion was seconded by Randy Spears. All in favor with Hezikiah Walker abstaining.

David Box made the motion to adjourn the meeting. Gary Thomas seconded the motion. All in favor and meeting was adjourned.

Council Minutes – 6/9/22

Regular Session Minutes of the Council of the City of Dora, Alabama

June 9, 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 Hezikiah Walker, Jr. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Stephens.

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Randy Stephens. Roll call was taken by SuLeigh Warren. Present at the meeting were David Box, Norman Holt, Chris Edwards, Gary Thomas, Hezekiah Walker, Jr., and Mayor Randy Stephens. Randy Spears was late arriving and missed roll call, but he was present for discussion of Items #7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. A quorum was in attendance.

Item #5— Approval of the Minutes – The minutes of the May 12, 2022 regular meeting minutes were reviewed. A motion was made by George Sides, Jr. to accept the minutes as written. The motion was seconded by Hezikiah Walker, Jr. All in favor and the motion was carried.

Item #6 – Old Business – Mayor Randy Stephens updated the council members regarding the status of the new backhoe purchase.

Item #7— Bill List – A motion was made by George Sides, Jr. to approve the bill lists dated May 31, 2022 and June 8, 2022. Motion was seconded by Norman Holt. All in favor and the motion was carried.

Item #8 – Departmental Reports – A motion was made by George Sides, Jr to approve May 2022 Department Reports A-G. Motion was seconded by Gary Thomas. All in favor and the motion was carried.

Item #9 – Striping of Parking Lots (City Hall and Golf Course) – A motion was made by Chris Edwards to accept the bid received from Southeastern Sealcoating, Inc. for striping of the parking lots at The City Hall for $1965.00 and at the Horse Creek Golf Course for $950.00. Motion was seconded by Randy Spears. All in favor and the motion was carried.

Item #10 – Appointment of Utility Board Member – Mayor Randy Stephens suggested Nick Isbell as a potential candidate for the utility board member position. A motion was made by George Sides, Jr. to appoint Marion Combs to this position as utility board member. Motion was seconded by Hezikiah Walker, Jr. Roll Call Vote: David Box – No; Norman Holt – Yes; Chris Edwards – No; George Sides, Jr.-Yes; Randy Spears – No: Gary Thomas – No; Hezikiah Walker – Yes; Mayor Stephens – No; Yes – 3; No – 5. Motion did not carry.

A motion was made by Randy Spears to appoint Nick Isbell as a utility board member. Motion was seconded by David Box. Roll Call Vote: Gary Thomas – Yes; Hezikiah Walker, Jr. – No; Mayor Stephens – Yes; David Box- Yes; Norman Holt – Yes; Chris Edwards – Yes; George Sides, Jr.-Yes; Randy Spears – Yes: Yes – 6; No – 2. The motion carried.

Item #11 – City Hall Floors – George Sides, Jr. made a motion to accept the bid for services by Griffin’s Floor Services to wax flooring in The City Hall for $350.00 and the Police Station for $515.00. Motion was seconded by Norman. All in favor and the motion was carried.

Item #12 –Adjourn – Gary Thomas made the motion to adjourn the meeting. Norman Holt seconded the motion. All in favor and meeting was adjourned.