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By Christa Jennings
Senior Staff Writer
Following the resignation of Councilmember Connie Campbell, the Kellyton Town Council has appointed a new member to fill the vacancy.
During the Town Council meeting this month, Town Clerk Karen Keel said that she had reached out to Nancy Fuller, who had expressed an interest in the position. While Fuller said she was still interested in serving on the council; however, she was unable to attend the council meeting.
After some discussion and reviewing options, the council unanimously approved to appoint Fuller to the seat anyway and have her fill the vacancy.
The oath of office for Fuller will be administered at next month’s council meeting when she officially takes office.
In other business, the council further discussed the Upward sports program that Debi Stover had previously come before the council to present information.
Mayor Johnny Sharpe said that he had talked to Stover further on the matter. He explained that practices held at the Kellyton facility would only be for Kellyton area youth.
Sharpe added that there would be two practices per week for kindergarten through sixth grades.
After brief discussion, the council unanimously approved allowing use of the Kellyton gym for the Upward sports program practices.
Also during the meeting, the council reviewed and discussed information related to the state’s Safer Place Act. Town Clerk Keel had an application for the town, as well as prices for things needed such as smoke detectors and specific signage required.
During discussion it was stated that the facility would be inspected by the Coosa County Emergency Management Agency and that based on the act, there would be no liability to the town.
After discussion the council unanimously approved going forward with applying to be a Safer Place, meaning a place residents can go to for shelter during inclement weather while not being an official FEMA-approved storm shelter. This would make Kellyton the first Safer Place in the county, with more details forthcoming.
The council also briefly discussed the COVID-19 funds the town would receive, which would include $25,000 this year and $25,000 next year, with the funds to be spent by 2026.
Council members unanimously approved checking into it to find out what exactly it can use the funds for, with the council considering using the money for repairs to the old school facility if possible.
In other business the council also unanimously approved a bid from RC Landscaping for seasonal lawncare of the civic complex and renewing the town’s sign on Central High School’s softball field for $75.
The next regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Kellyton Town Council will be held at 6 p.m. April 5.