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|Mayor, Council Sworn into Office
At a little after 10 a.m., City Clerk Cathy Dickerson opened the Organizational Meeting of the 2012-2016 City Council by asking Reverend Algie Morgan, of Father, Son & Holy Ghost Church, to render the invocation. At the conclusion of his blessing upon the City, our elected officials and the residents of Prattville, Mayor Bill Gillespie, Jr. was sworn into his first full term of office by the Honorable Rob Riddle, City Prosecutor for the City of Prattville.
|Mayor Bill Gillespie takes the oath of office as his wife, Stephanie, beams with pride.|
|Our new City Council. From left to right: Council President Pro Tempore Albert Striplin, Council President Willie Wood, Councilor Denise Brown, Council Jerry Starnes, Councilor Clyde Chambliss, Councilor Ray Boles, Councilor Lora Lee Boone.|
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|11-05-2012 City Council Organizational Meeting|
|City Plans CHIPS Events for November 15th |
The City of Prattville and various local public safety organizations invite you to participate in the CHIPS event, scheduled for Thursday, November 15th, from 5:30-7:30pm in downtown Prattville. The CHIPS (Community Holiday Intervention with Public Safety) event is designed to heighten safety awareness, especially during the holiday season.
This event will include various demonstrations and displays from the City of Prattville's Police and Fire Departments, Autauga County Sheriff's Office, PASS (Peers Are Staying Straight), Alabama National Guard, Autauga County Emergency Management Agency, Autauga County E911, Autauga County Rescue Squad, Domestic Violence Task Force, Air Evac and Alabama Cooperative Extension System.
Parents will be able to learn valuable holiday shopping and safety tips, while kids get finger print kits and have a firsthand look at fire trucks, police cars and a helicopter. Hotdogs will be provided by the Alabama Cooperative Extension office at no charge.
For more information, call the City of Prattville Special Events Office at 334-358-0297..
|PPD Swears in 3 New Officers |
The City of Prattville is proud to announce that PPD has hired and sworn in three new officers. These officers are refilling open positions that were budgeted to be filled in the FY 2012-2013 budget that Council approved in September.
Chief Huggins said that working with and through the City Human Resources Department, they've gone through the long and tedious process of finding the right personnel to fill these positions to serve and protect the citizens of Prattville. Shown from left to right are: Officer Adrian Joyce, Officer Jonathan McGuire, and Officer Jonathan Snyder.
|Officer Brandon Johnson, Officer Nancy Collier, and Officer Jerome Chatman.|
|Lt. Williamson Named Firefighter of the Year|
Congratulations to Lieutenant Spencer K. Williamson for receiving the Firefighter of the Year Award. Lt. Williamson is a 22-year veteran of the Prattville Fire Department. He began his career with the Prattville Fire Department in June 1990. Lt. Williamson holds numerous certifications from the Alabama Fire College with much of his training being held in the area of special rescue operations. The dedication, leadership, experience, and professionalism Lt. Williamson has proven himself to have, make him an invaluable asset to the Prattville Fire Department and the City of Prattville as a whole.
"Lt. Spencer Williamson's dedication to excellence and service to his community brings great credit to himself and the Prattville Fire Department," said Chief Terry Brown. "For these reasons and many more, it is the honor and privilege of our department to have submitted Lt. Williamson for consideration. Thank you to the Prattville Exchange Club for honoring Spencer with this well-deserved honor."
Congratulations, Lieutenant Williamson! Thank you for your continued dedication and service.
|Prattville Exchange Club President Clayton bush presenting the Firefighter of the Year Award to Lt. Williamson.|
|Browder Honored with Commendation|
Back in June, the Vehicle Maintenance Department was honored with commendation letters due to their "no excuses, just results" attitudes and actions. Robert Browder was not available that day to be honored along with the rest of his team members. This crew came in on a weekend to repair a severely crippled trash truck fleet. Robert was right there with them, working hard to get the trucks back on the road to clear up the backlog of debris.
While Mayor Gillespie was talking to Robert about how much he appreciated his efforts and what it meant to the residents who needed their service, Robert was heard to say that he gets paid for a job and he did that job. Browder is the latest member of the "No Excuses, Just Results" Team.
|Robert Browder and Mayor Bill Gillespie. Mayor Gillespie holds Robert's letter of commendation while Robert tries to commandeer the old picture of City Hall.|
Robert beamed proudly when Mayor Gillespie handed him his letter of commendation. Recognition and praise have long been a part of Robert's career. He was the City of Prattville's very first Firefighter of the Year in 1975. Robert has been with the City of Prattville for 31 years!
"Robert is a valued component of the automotive go-to team," said Mayor Bill Gillespie, Jr. "Robert and his teammates are the ones that this very mechanized service-oriented company goes to for automotive and mechanical service and assistance, for maintenance, flat repair and everything it takes to keep us moving for you, the citizens of Prattville. I wanted to thank him, as I did his counterparts, for what he does behind the scenes, basically another one of our unsung heroes."
Congratulations, Robert, on a job consistently well done!
|Autauga Creek Wastewater Plant Gets a Facelift|
Last week, the Autauga Creek Wastewater Treatment Faclity received a facelift. The bushes outside that building were planted in 1981 when the facility was built. Those bushes had aged and grown to the point that they required constant maintenance. With regular tours of the facility, the staff wanted to create a more aesthetically pleasing entrance to the plant.
Urban Management and Wastewater worked together. It took 1 hour on October 31st for Wastewater to tear out the old bushes. Urban Management joined them on November 1st. It took 2 hours for personnel to dig the beds, plant and mulch.
Urban Management added two beds of annual color. These will be changed out seasonally at a cost of $65. This fall planting will last until March and the spring planting will be vibrant until fall. Spring plantings will be accomplished with plant material that is grown from cutting and seed in the City greenhouse.
"The efficiency and professionalism of Urban Management shows what a great asset this team is to the City," said Autauga Creek Plant Manager Dale Gandy.
|After pulling out the old bushes and putting in new beds.|
City Council Meetings
The next regular City Council Meeting will be held on November 20th at 6 p.m. in City Hall.
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|Prattville Residents to Choose Grand Marshal for the Christmas Parade |
The City of Prattville is letting their residents decide who will be this year's Christmas Parade Grand Marshal. A contest has been started on the City of Prattville's Facebook page encouraging residents to submit nominations for someone who goes above and beyond and deserves special recognition for all they do in Prattville. The public has until Tuesday, November 20th to submit their nominations. After that, the person with the most nominations will be contacted to serve as the Grand Marshal.
The annual Christmas Parade is scheduled for Saturday, December 1st at 4:30pm. This year's theme is "Blue Christmas." The parade route will begin and end at the Autauga County Courthouse.
Applications for this year's parade are available on the event page. For more information, call the Special Events Office at 358-0297.Read more...
At the second City Council meeting each month, Finance Director Doug Moseley delivers a written and verbal recount of the City's financial status. These are the preliminary revenue figures for August, 2012 (which is actually July's revenue collected in the month of August).
There was a 1.63% decrease in gross tax receipts totaling $29,290.76. Excluding the limited duration sales tax increase collected, there was a 1.74% decrease in gross tax receipts totaling $23,467.75.
There was a 1.66% increase in net taxes of $28,763.57. Without the sales tax increase, we reflect a 1.77% increase in net taxes of $22,861.35.
This month, the sales tax increase generated an additional $445,693.90. Thus far, the sales tax increase has generated an additional $7,921,912.17 and in that same time period, the City of Prattville has paid $9,290,978.78 toward our debt service. A Debt Service Reserve account has been established and is being funded with the proceeds from the sales tax increase.
If you have any questions about any of these figures, please do not hesitate to email our Interim Finance Director Doug Moseley.
The Prattville Autauga Character Coalition Trait of the month is:
...letting others know by my words and actions how they have benefited my life.
November 11-17 Declared Military Appreciation Week in Prattville
In recognition of their selfless acts of heroism, dedication, and sacrifice to the safety, health and well being of our nation, Mayor Bill Gillespie, Jr. has declared November 11th-17th to be Military Appreciation Week in Prattville.
On Wednesday, November 14th, a contingent of elected and military officials will travel to each community within the River Region so that each mayor can participate in signing the joint proclamation honoring our military during this special week.
The Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce and its Military Committee are supporting a variety of events and area merchants are offering specials and discounts. A list of events and specific merchant discounts are available on their website, prattvillechamber.com
| Fire Hydrant Testing|
The Prattville Fire Department and the Prattville Waterworks Board will be conducting flow test of the hydrants located within the City of Prattville during the month of November 2012. Testing will last approximately 30 days and will start each day around 8:30 a.m., concluding by 5 p.m.
During these testing periods, residents may experience periods of orange tinted water. If this occurs, flushing the faucets, commodes and other water sources will clear the water. Before washing clothes, fill the machine with water to check for discoloration before placing the cloths in the machine.
Fire hydrant testing is an essential process in providing the residents of Prattville with adequate water for domestic use and firefighting purposes.
Thank you for your patience during this time.
Kudzu Bug Invasion
If you have not seen them already, you will very soon. The kudzu bug has been eating its way into Central Alabama all summer, but many are just now seeing them as they are now looking for a place to spend the winter. The kudzu bugs are leaving the plants they have been feeding on all summer and as adults are attracted to light-colored surfaces, landing on people, vehicles, and buildings. They are a nuisance pest and the mass migration has resulted in many calls of inquiries and complaints over the last few weeks.
| City of Prattville Will Honor Veterans on November 12th|
The City of Prattville will join the American Legion Post 122, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1349, in sponsoring a wreath-laying ceremony at the Autauga County Courthouse at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 12, 2012 to officially mark Veterans Day. The holiday falls on a Sunday this year. To avoid holding the ceremony during church services, a decision was made to acknowledge this honored tradition on Monday instead.
City offices will be closed on Monday, November 12th. No garbage or trash will be collected on this day. Monday and Tuesday routes will be collected on Tuesday, November 13th.Read more...