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New equipment was recently delivered to Kellyton Volunteer Fire/Rescue that was purchased by the town with American Rescue Plan Act, or ARPA, funds. Pictured are Kellyton Mayor Johnny Sharpe, center, and the Kellyton Town Council with Fire Chief Jerry Sewell, far right, and representatives of Kellyton VFD. Photo submitted
By Christa Jennings
Senior Staff Writer
Prior to its regular monthly meeting Tuesday evening, the Kellyton Town Council took the opportunity to visit Kellyton Volunteer Fire/Rescue after the town purchased some equipment for the department.
In previous meetings the council had unanimously approved allocating some of the town’s American Rescue Plan Act, or ARPA, funds to purchase equipment for the fire department and rescue service.
That equipment has now been delivered, and Mayor Johnny Sharpe and council members visited the department and Fire Chief Jerry Sewell prior to its meeting to see the equipment as a formal presentation. The town expressed that it was pleased to be able to purchase this needed equipment for the department in a way of giving back to the volunteers who do so much for the community and the county at large.
Following that presentation, the council had its regular meeting with all members present. During the meeting Town Clerk Karen Keel reported that the $5,000 donation had been made to the Coosa County Animal Shelter as approved during last month’s meeting.
Mayor Sharpe said that he had spoken with Dennis Hill, operations manager and chair of the shelter, about whether the County Commission was going to allocate funding annually to help keep the shelter running. Hill told Sharpe that he would have to go back and address the commission again regarding what its intentions would be.
However, Hill did thank the Kellyton Town Council for its donation and support that was given, with Kellyton being the first municipality and local government body that approved a donation.
The rest of the meeting primarily centered around maintenance and upkeep of facilities and grounds, as well as further facility renovations.
It was reported that Sharpe had purchased a pole saw at Satterfield to help with the upkeep and maintenance of the municipal grounds, with that purchase having been approved at last month’s meeting. Further, Sharpe was able to purchase it at a lower price than what was originally agreed upon.
Sharpe also reported that he met with a Rick Jones to get a quote for potentially fixing the old office and two additional rooms, as well as a restroom in the main building, to be used as the town clerk’s office.
As of Tuesday’s meeting Jones had said that he was waiting on a price for the electrical and air conditioning quotes before submitting his final quote. Sharpe said that hopefully by next month’s meeting Jones will have everything needed to present his quote to the council for consideration.
In other business, Councilmember Nancy Fuller asked if Sharpe had been able to find a side-arm Bush Hog as mentioned during last month’s meeting.
Sharpe said that he had gone to the Mahindra dealership in Alexander City to check on pricing, but they did not have one in stock at the time. He said there are a couple of other area dealerships he will try to check with and get pricing.
Also during the meeting, Councilmember George Camp suggested the town might look into contacting the company from which the town purchased the polar fans to see if they could give a demonstration or provide more information since currently the fans do not seem to operate as they should. Town Clerk Keel said that she would attempt to contact the company and see what information it may be able to provide.
Plans are also still ongoing for the annual Kellyton Christmas Celebration to be held December 3. More details will be forthcoming as those details are finalized.
The next regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Kellyton Town Council will be held at 6 p.m. October 4.