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By Christa Jennings
Senior Staff Writer
The Kellyton Town Council held its regular monthly meeting last Tuesday evening, with action taken on a handful of items.
Mayor Johnny Sharpe informed the council that he had received a letter from Dennis Hill, former director of the Coosa County Animal Shelter. In the letter Hill apologized for having to shut down the animal shelter.
It was further stated that the towns of Goodwater and Rockford had requested that the donation they each made for the shelter be reimbursed to them.
With all council members present except for Gwen Rich, the council discussed the matter and voiced agreement that Kellyton would not request its donation back, especially since Hill had to pay some out of his own pocket to reimburse the other towns.
The council further voiced that the town does not blame Hill and that the council had agreed to make the donation originally. The council added that it would not seek reimbursement unless the County Commission gives the money back from the remaining funds in the shelter account.
After discussion, the council unanimously approved waiting to see what the County Commission plans to do as far as reimbursing the towns that donated and to not seek reimbursement from Hill personally.
In other business, Mayor Sharpe reported that he had checked with Lake Martin Tractor Company regarding a side arm cutter for the town’s tractor. He said that he looked at different types that would be useful in maintaining the town property.
Sharpe added that he had received a price for one that would attach to the town’s tractor and that would enable the ditches to be cut, as well as the sides of the roads within the town limits. Sharpe said that the county has been cutting the roadsides once a year, but that they need to be maintained more than once a year.
As such, Sharpe said if the town has the needed equipment then he can help keep the roadsides maintained, as well.
Sharpe stated the price quote he was given was $4,900 for the side arm cutter. The town also received an email from Lake Martin Tractor Company that it would require a deposit to order and that the earliest it would possibly be delivered is July 1.
Following discussion, the council agreed and unanimously approved to proceed with ordering the side arm cutter from Lake Martin Tractor Company and to give Town Clerk Karen Keel permission to pay the deposit while ordering the implement.
In other business, it was stated that the town’s Franchise Fee Agreement with Charter Communications will expire in January. The town received the new agreement to review and accept prior to the current one expiring.
Keel suggested that the town wait before accepting the new agreement until town attorney Lydia Waters has an opportunity to review the new agreement and compare it with the current one.
The council agreed that it would wait and take action regarding the new agreement after it has had time to review it properly.
In other new business, following discussion it was determined that the town would move forward with its annual Christmas Celebration, which will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. December 2. The council unanimously approved proceeding with plans and purchasing supplies for this year’s Christmas Celebration.
Also during the meeting Sharpe stated that Keel had submitted the annual report required to show the use of the American Rescue Plan Act, or ARPA, funds the town was awarded.
Additionally, Councilmember George Camp reported that he is reaching out to technical support regarding the town’s two polar fans in the gymnasium. He said he plans to have someone come this month or next to check both fans and ensure they are operating properly before summer.
The next regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Kellyton Town Council will be held at 6 p.m. June 6.