During the recent Scottsboro City Council meeting council members approved the resolution regarding the expansion of Sanoh America, Inc.


Council members also set the rate of pay for election officials and approved the use of electronic voting counting system for the upcoming Municipal Election.
A budget amendment to the revenue and expenditures for the general fund for the State Baseball Tournament was approved.
Council members took nominations for the City Council Place 1 vacancy. City Council member Gary Stewart nominated Jenna Bell. City Council member Keith Smith nominated Linda Bray. Council members voted on each item and the vote was split. Stewart and Council President Tony Wallingsford voted for Bell, while Smith and Council member Patrick Stewart voted for Bray. The vacancy was not filled. Council members are expected to vote again prior to the issue going to Governor Kay Ivey for the appointment.
During reports Smith stated, “It appears to some and it appears to me that things are getting out of control and out of hand at the street and sanitation departments. We are buying and fixing equipment. For some reason everything that has ever had anything wrong with it is being sent to be fixed. A good example is a dozer which we were billed $32,000. It was sent on April 24 and invoiced on June 11 and requisitioned on June 12. The biggest issue I have with this, and several other things is they have no money in their budget for these items. None of this information came before the Scottsboro City Council for approval. When you spend money you don’t have it comes before the council. Then they had a caterpillar, a dump truck, used at the landfill only, and it’s going to cost between $10,000 and $12,000 to fix it. The four wheel drive part has been out for eight to ten years and now it’s being fixed. Thirdly, is a Badger, used to clean ditches, and it’s going to be approximately $20,000. I understand that maybe Thompson Tractor is fixing it. It just seems like a lot of money because none of these are in the budget  and none of these have been before the city council to approve the spending. Just like the bulldozer, we have another one just like it sitting up there, in good condition or better. What concerns me is we can’t keep spending money and spending money if it’s not budgeted and the council has no knowledge. We spent $16,000 for new tracks on a track hoe and they were just replaced two years ago, normally they last ten to 12 years. We spent $7,800 dollars on an air conditioner for a compactor at the landfill. This costs about $3,000 and is bolted in with four bolts, we could have done it ourselves, yet, we sent it out and it was installed and paid $7,800. There has to be an end to it. We as the council are elected by the same people that the mayor is elected by and there’s a procedure for these things and for some reason our part of the procedure is being eliminated. I’ve never seen it operate like this before and I’d like to see it corrected and stopped. The $32,000 was the only one we’ve been billed for, and we stopped payment on that check because it wasn’t approved.”
Wallingsford stated, “When I was made aware of these expenditures, I did have payment stopped. I’ve notified the Mayor that we will need to meet, myself and legal council to discuss these charges and the way they’ve been placed, as well as the possible ramifications of these expenditures not being approved by the council. I also have some concerns, there is a proper procedure, and this is not the way we do business as a municipality.”  dozer which we were billed $32,000. It was sent on April 24 and invoiced on June 11 and requisitioned on June 12. The biggest issue I have with this, and several other things is they have no money in their budget for these items. None of this information came before the Scottsboro City Council for approval. When you spend money you don’t have it comes before the council. Then they had a caterpillar, a dump truck, used at the landfill only, and it’s going to cost between $10,000 and $12,000 to fix it. The four wheel drive part has been out for eight to ten years and now it’s being fixed. Thirdly, is a Badger, used to clean ditches, and it’s going to be approximately $20,000. I understand that maybe Thompson Tractor is fixing it. It just seems like a lot of money because none of these are in the budget  and none of these have been before the city council to approve the spending. Just like the bulldozer, we have another one just like it sitting up there, in good condition or better. What concerns me is we can’t keep spending money and spending money if it’s not budgeted and the council has no knowledge. We spent $16,000 for new tracks on a track hoe and they were just replaced two years ago, normally they last ten to 12 years. We spent $7,800 dollars on an air conditioner for a compactor at the landfill. This costs about $3,000 and is bolted in with four bolts, we could have done it ourselves, yet, we sent it out and it was installed and paid $7,800. There has to be an end to it. We as the council are elected by the same people that the mayor is elected by and there’s a procedure for these things and for some reason our part of the procedure is being eliminated. I’ve never seen it operate like this before and I’d like to see it corrected and stopped. The $32,000 was the only one we’ve been billed for, and we stopped payment on that check because it wasn’t approved.”
Wallingsford stated, “When I was made aware of these expenditures, I did have payment stopped. I’ve notified the Mayor that we will need to meet, myself and legal council to discuss these charges and the way they’ve been placed, as well as the possible ramifications of these expenditures not being approved by the council. I also have some concerns, there is a proper procedure, and this is not the way we do business as a municipality.”  

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