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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

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Haleyville City Council Meeting

Harold Bearden

The Haleyville City council met Monday with Royce Benefield absent and approved the March general operation bills in the amount of $389,807.64. The council also approved an amendment to (1) Paragraph three of the the Written CDBG Procurement Policy to include the "Public Works Law (Title 39, Code of Alabama) - and all subsequent revisions" and (2) Section 5(a) of the Written CDBG Procurement Policy - as amended is changed to read as follows: "Small purchase - Used for purchases of "$15,000 or less."

The council also approved the resignation of Eddie Bryant as full-time police officer effective 4/21/15 and retain him on a part-time status and advertising for a full-time police officer.

The resignation of police dispatcher Gary tuck was approved effective 5/15/15. 

Mayor Ken Sunseri was reappointed to the Water and Sewer Board. 

Bebe Cox was appointed to the Library Board and Horace Moore and Melinda Weaver were appointed to the Winston County Industrial Development Board for 6 year terms.

City Attorney Jeff Mobley stated that after review Action Properties had provided enough proof to reach the threshold to receive a tax abatement.

It was noted Mayor Sunseri had hired the following for positions previously created and approved by the council: 

Park and Rec grounds keeper/maintenance - Austin Yealock at $10.50/hour and after a 90 day probation, a pay adjustment to $11.00/hour effective 4/16/15.

P&R Seasonal - Joran Egres at $9.50/hour effective pending pre-employment physical.

Relief Fireman - Kevin Patrick at $11.37/hour effective immediately.

The next scheduled council meeting will be Monday, May 4, 5:30 p.m. at the Neighborhood Facilities Building.

Drowning on Sipsey


An outing on the Sipsey River Saturday afternoon ended tragically in one death and one injury. Around 2:30 p.m. one of the canoes in a group of vessels capsized while attempting to pass a downed tree approximately 1.5 miles south of the Sipsey Picnic Area, entrapping one of the passengers under the water, thus causing the death by drowning of Lori Turner, 54, of Huntsville. Turner was with a group of 9 people from the Huntsville and Decatur area in 4 canoes and 1 kayak who had planned on a pleasant trip down the Sipsey. 

Because of recent rains, the river was up enough to make the trip from the Sipsey Picnic Area to Highway 33. The guide for the trip had made the run many times before, and as recent as two weeks before. However, a large tree had fallen across the river since the guide's last trip and was partially submerged. Turner was in the middle seat of a three seat canoe which in the middle of the group. As an attempt was made to negotiate the fallen tree, the canoe became stuck, flipped, trapping her under the tree in the rapid moving water.

Barry Bearden, who was canoeing on the Sipsey at the time, transported an EMT, Jacob Taylor in Bearden's canoe from the picnic area to the location of the accident scene. Taylor reported the location by radio relaying the info through a Pebble fireman who was making his way to the scene by ground. As more rescuers arrived, the water receded enough to located and facilitate the recovery of Turner's body.

Efforts to recover all members of the party was hampered by the inaccessibility of the site and darkness. Two people who were in the canoe with Turner were taken to Lakeland Community Hospital and remained overnight. According to members of the group, Turner reportedly had a husband and five children. 

Assisting in the rescue operation were members of the Haleyville and Addison Rescue Squads and the Double Springs, Pebble and Ashridge Fire Departments. Other agencies on the scene included Sheriff Hobby Walker, a state conservation officer, Forest Ranger, and Alabama State Trooper. The Alabama State Trooper helicopter with infrared later assisted with communication. 

HHS Baseball Advances to Second Round in State Playoffs


The Haleyville Lions Baseball team won both games Saturday 6-2 and 13-1 respectively against the Priceville Bulldogs in the first round of state 4A baseball playoffs. The games had been postponed from Friday because of rain. The Lions will travel to North Jackson in North East Alabama for the second round of playoffs. Time for the games will be announced later this week.

Break-In at Fred's


Two people have been arrested and charged with burglary by Haleyville Police officers following an incident Thursday morning around 3 a.m. at Fred's in Haleyville. Reportedly, a brick was thrown through the glass doors at the front of the store and the building entered by the perpetrators. The intruder(s) apparently ransacked the cigarette area at the front of the store, but nothing else was bothered. 

More information on the arrests and break in will be available Monday afternoon.

Acquisition Means More Jobs With Facility Expansion

Harold Bearden

The news last week about the acquisition of American Recreational Products (ARP) by Exxel Outdoors, LLC was good news for the Haleyville area. It will mean more jobs in the future. CEO and one of the founders Harry Kazazian explained. "As a result of the ARP acquisition, its going to mean a lot of success, its going to mean a lot of jobs for Haleyville. And the reason we say that is we looking at expanding this facility, doing a lot more investment in the plant, and looking at more opportunities. Because what ARP brings to Exxel Outdoors is iconic brands, that are sold to higher end retailers that we currently at Exxel don't have access to.  So, having that ability opens up a whole other market to this facility, which up until now has not been available." 

Everyone talked about the importance of Barbara Garrison, who was instrumental in keeping the company here in Haleyville and keeping the production at Exxel Outdoors ahead of expectations of  the owners.

Communications Tower Taken Down

Harold Bearden

Last week the 100 foot communications tower next to city hall was taken down in anticipation of turning the building and property over to CVS, which plans to build a new store on the site. The tower once held the antennas for both the police and fire department radios, both dispatched by the Haleyville Police Department. Dispatching for both is presently being done from the Safe Room behind McDonalds until the new city hall is completed. Once the construction of the new city hall is complete, the tower will be erected again at the new site.

The work taking down the tower was done by a South Carolina company, Can Am, which is co-owned by a local businessman, Nathan Hulsey, who also operates Trees-R-Us in the Haleyville area. 

Winston County Commission Meeting


Winston County Commission

April 13, 2015 @ 9:00 A.M.




1)  Approve minutes of the March 23, 2015 board meeting as presented


2)  Pay current bills


3)  Ratify and confirm 2015 EMPG State Cooperative Agreement and 2014 Additional EMPG Agreement


4)  Approve closing the County building on Monday, April 27, 2015 for Confederate Memorial Day holiday


5)  Approve changing the next regular scheduled board meeting of the County Commission from Monday, April 27, 2015 to Tuesday, April 28, 2015 due to holiday on Monday the 27th


6)  Approve entering into Tax Revenue Enhancement Agreements  with PRA Government Services, LLC d/b/a RDS


7)  Discussion of and possible joining NASASP's Associate Membership Program for a cost of $39.00 annual dues


8)  Approve changing the approval to hire Paper Server on March 23, 2015 for the WC Sheriff Department to be position of  Baliff with this position to last until September 25, 2015 with maximum of 19 hours to remain and $10.00 hourly with no benefits


9)  Approve transferring Mike Cobb from part-time Sanitation employee to part-time Sheriff Department employee as Baliff effective retro-active to Monday, April 6, 2015 with hourly rate to remain the same at $10.00 with a maximum of 19 hours weekly and no benefits, subject to a six (6) month review period


10)  Approve to declare the following two (2) Sanitation trucks as surplus to be sold at auction:

         2010 Intl 4000 Series VEIN# 6270

         2010 Intl 4000 Series VEIN# 6271


11)  Discussion of adopting resolution opposing HB 447 and SB 369  (Probate Judge salary)


12)  Approve the termination of full-time Dispatcher Brittney Twilley on the grounds of job performance effective retro-active to 3-27-2015


13)  Approve hiring Ms. Deborah Hardy as full-time Dispatcher to replace Brittney Twilley at an hourly rate of $10.75 with full benefits retro-active to 3-27-2015. subject to a six month (6) review period


14)  Discussion of Benji Curtis benefits


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U Text U Drive U Pay

Alabama State Trooper Steve Jarrett

From April 10 to 15, law enforcement personnel will use a combination of traditional and innovative strategies to crack down on motorists who text while driving. This effort is part of a national campaign called U Drive. U Text. U Pay.  A high-visibility enforcement initiative, it blends intense enforcement of anti-texting laws with advertising and media outreach to notify motorists of the initiative and convince them to obey the law.

“Not only is driving and texting irresponsible, but it is illegal,” said Col. John E. Richardson, director of the Alabama Department of Public Safety, a division of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. “People who break Alabama’s texting law will be stopped and fined. It’s simple: If you drive and text, you will pay.” 

Violating Alabama’s texting law, which became effective Aug. 1, 2012, can be costly.  (Copy of law is attached.) The fine for the first citation is $25, with fines jumping to $50 for the second violation and $75 for the third or subsequent violation. 

In 2013 across the nation, 3,154 people were killed and an estimated additional 424,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.  

According to a 2014 special article in the New England Journal of Medicine, the risk of a crash or near-crash among novice drivers increased with the performance of many secondary tasks, including texting and dialing cell phones. 

“Some people may say texting while driving is an epidemic. Well, we believe enforcing our state’s texting law is part of the cure,” Richardson said.

Truck Roll Over and Spill


A double axle 4200 gallon tanker had just loaded used oil from a diesel repair shop in the Needmore Community Monday afternoon around 3 p.m. when an embankment gave way on a narrow road leading from the shop. As a result, the truck landed on its side breaking the tank away from the truck. The driver was not injured, but the incident did cause a a couple of problems.

First, the truck could not be uprighted until the oill was pumped into another truck. Getting the truck upright took the effort of two large wreckers from Lyle's wrecker service. Secondly, the position of the truck caused some spillage into the wet ground underneath the truck. A special environmental crew and equipment were brought in from Birmingham to remove the small amount of soil which contained the spilled petroleum. A track hoe was also brought in to remove the contaminated soil.

Haleyville firemen stood by while the recovery took place just in case the situation had became a bigger problem which was not the case. 


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