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Goodwater moves to reopen all city facilities
By Crystal Glenn
Goodwater Community Center will reopen following CDC guidelines. Photo from www.cityofgoodwater.com
At Tuesday evening’s city council meeting, Goodwater council members unanimously agreed to reopen all city facilities to the public.
After more than a year of closures and regulated use, the city can now go back to enjoying its community center, gym and recreation center.
The following Centers of Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and Gov. Kay Ivey’s “safer apart order” will apply to the use of all city facilities until further notice: the use of masks will be encouraged, people should remain 6 feet apart, and the facilities will undergo regular sanitation.
These guidelines will be posted at all city facilities and are encouraged in order to continue keeping the citizens of Goodwater safe.
Anyone who has any questions about the use of the facilities should call Town Hall at 256-839-6301.
In other business, Councilmember Genovis Whetstone made a motion for the city to consider accepting applications for Utilities Board members. Many of the three current Utilities Board members have served their 6-year terms, and Whetstone wanted to offer the opportunity for other citizens to apply to serve.
Councilmember Mary Graham seconded the motion, and all other council members opposed the motion. This failed motion will keep the Utilities Board as it is now based on Tuesday’s majority vote.
The current Utilities Board consists of Clyde Whetstone, Curtis Fuller and Councilmember Elmore Unbehant.
Also on the agenda was discussion introduced by Mayor Lonnie Caldwell concerning tickets that are written by the Goodwater Police Department. Caldwell and Councilmember Unbehant attended the County Commission meeting Tuesday morning to ask for an increase in monies received from the county for tickets that are written in Goodwater’s jurisdiction.
Currently the city receives $17 for every ticket, and Caldwell was requesting an increase of $20 per ticket. Caldwell informed the council that the County Commission was open to his suggestions.
No action was taken at the commission meeting regarding the matter, but Caldwell was confident that they would not have to return to ask again and that the increase would be approved in the near future.
For more information about the money the city receives for tickets and the discussion between Goodwater and the commission read next week’s County Commission article.
The last item on the agenda to be voted on was the purchase of a new Bush Hog for the Goodwater Street Department. All members unanimously approved this purchase and agreed that there was a need for a replacement.
The Goodwater City Council meets the third Tuesday of each month at the Community Center. Anyone who wishes to bring business or ideas before the council should contact Town Hall in advance to have their name placed on the agenda.
The next council meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. May 18.