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|PPD Officers Undergo Advanced SWAT Training
Prattville Police Department prides itself on training. Yesterday, our Special Operations Team were provided a unique opportunity to participate in advanced SWAT training. Very few police departments are afforded the opportunity to train with State Police and National Guard helicopters. The good news for our taxpayers is that this training was accomplished at no cost to the City.
Our new Police Chief Mark Thompson has cultivated relationships through his 35 years in law enforcement that will provide more opportunities such as this for our police officers.
|PPD's Special Ops Team, along with instructors and Chief Mark Thompson (far right).|
"This is just a taste of the kind of training SWAT teams get and while we hope we never need to use this training, this is one more step in making sure we're ready to handle any situation we are faced with in the City of Prattville," stated Chief Mark Thompson.
|Prattville Will Participate in State Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday |
Beginning at 12:01 a.m. (CST) on Friday, February 22, 2013, and ending at twelve midnight on Sunday February 24, 2013, Alabama will hold its second annual sales tax holiday giving shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain severe-weather preparedness supplies free of sales or use tax.
On January 8, 2013, the Prattville City Council passed an ordinance exempting certain "covered items" from the Municipal Sales and Use Tax on the weekend noted above.
List of Exempt Items
For more information, please visit the Alabama Department of Revenue Sales Tax Holiday web page.
Mayor Proclaims Day for Shriner's Annual Fundraiser
Each year, the Shriners work in conjunction with IHOP to hold their fundraiser, which benefits the Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Mayor Gillespie has proclaimed February 5th to be IHOPs National Pancake Day in honor of this annual fundraiser. He invites you all to join him in supporting this worthwhile cause.
|Dave Russell, Lt. Jim Pilson, Benno Capshaw, H. Spencer Stewart, and Robert Hodge shown here with Mayor Bill Gillespie in the foreground.|
|Sgt. Harry Named Central Alabama Crimestoppers Officer of the Year|
On December 20, 2012 at 9:35 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 800 block of Martin Luther King Drive in reference to a shots fired call, which was later determined to be a homicide.
Investigators were called to the scene; Sgt. James Harry of the Crimes Against Persons Unit arrived and took the lead on this case. Sgt. Harry gathered information and evidence in an effort to solve this case in a timely manner.
Based upon credible public information and law enforcement intelligence, the suspect posed a major threat to the safety and welfare of the officers and the community. Sgt. Harry worked almost around the clock and within the first 48 hours, a suspect was named and was later taken into custody.
Because of Sgt. Harry's diligent investigation, alertness and professional skills, a murder warrant was issued and served on December 24, 2012.
On January 23rd, Central Alabama Crimestoppers presented Sgt. Harry with their Officer of the Year award at a ceremony in Montgomery.
"Just another local hero quietly doing his job above and beyond, making Prattville better for us all," said Mayor Bill Gillespie, Jr.
The City of Prattville is proud to call Sgt. James Harry one of our own. Congratulations, James for a job very well done!
|U.S. Attorney General Middle District of Alabama George Beck, Sgt. James Harry, and Central Alabama Crimestoppers Community Development Director Tony Garrett.|
|City to Hold Retirement Ceremony for K-9 Officer Louie|
After 13 years of faithful and dedicated service to the City of Prattville, K-9 Officer Louie will be honored with a retirement ceremony on the 5th of February.
During his tenure with the Prattville Police Department, K-9 Officer Louie has assisted with hundreds of drug seizures and arrests. During a few of his more memorable assists, Louie and his partner made arrests and seizures of multiple marijuana busts of over two pounds and a cocaine seizure of more than 20 pounds. Louie participated in several narcotics detection competitions where he earned distinction as "Top Dog", placing 1st in several of these contests. While he was an excellent narcotics detection dog, Louie's main focus was public relations and narcotics deterrence in the Prattville area schools. Louie has influenced countless young lives in a positive way.Read more...
|Fras-Le Launches Block Production at Prattville Facility|
"One year ago we announced our expansion plans and I am proud to say that we met our goal, on time, and that the first order of heavy-duty linings ever produced by Fras-le in North America, shipped on January 2." said Daniel Randon, Fras-le CEO and president. "We appreciate all the support we've received from officials in Alabama, our Fras-le teams around the globe, and our strategic partner, Meritor."
Randon cited Governor Robert Bentley, Mayor Bill Gillespie and the Prattville Industrial Development Board, led by Chairman Richard Williams, for their help in bringing about the facility expansion.
|Representative Beckman, Governor Bentley, Mayor Gillespie, and Senator Taylor joined Raul and Daniel Randon and other Fras-le executives in cutting the ribbon for the new line.|
City Council Meetings
The next regular City Council Meeting will be held on February 5th at 6 p.m. in City Hall.
Watch a meeting...
|Tickets are Now On Sale for "Cookin' with Gus" |
The Prattville Way Off Broadway Theatre is proud to announce our cast list for our upcoming production of "Cookin' With Gus".
In this comedy, Gussie Richardson is a famous food columnist and cookbook author. Her agent comes to tell her she's been offered her own daily network television show. She wants to do it, but her husband Walter is dead set against it and Gussie discovers she has stage fright and can't open her mouth in front of a camera. Everybody tries to help her get over it... Walter through hypnotism, Bernie her agent by threats; and even wacky Gypsy Carmen from next door casts spells. Just when she thinks she's cured, the taping turns into a comic nightmare concluding in an all-out food fight that almost ends the show and her marriage. Cookin' with Gus brings together four unlikely characters in a stew of hijinks and hilarity. Fun for the performers and a great evening for the audience. Rehearsals will begin in January, with production dates from February 21 to March 10th. For more information, please call (334) 358-0297.
City Employees Receive Training from ARWA
On January 24, 2013, nineteen of our Wastewater employees and one employee from Urban Management received 6.5 credit hours of training on Emergency Response Preparedness from Chris Lovelace, a Program Specialist for Alabama Rural Water Association.
The Alabama Department of Environmental Management requires our employees to get this training in order to renew their certifications every 3 years. Normally, we would have to pay for the training. However, the City of Prattville provided the Upper Kingston Community Center for over 120 people to be trained, which in turn allowed our employees to be trained free of charge. Read more...
The Prattville Autauga Character Coalition Trait of the month is:
...clearing the record of those who have wronged me and not holding a grudge.
Tree Downed in Pratt Park Due to Storm
The Prattville Fire Department sold breast cancer awareness t-shirts again this fall. This project not only supports awareness, but is also used as a fundraiser for the Joy to Life Foundation. PFD Lt. Travis Rodie and Bonnie Larkin presented Joy Blondheim, and her husband Dickie, with a check for $1,322 on December 20th, 2012.
Accounts Payable & Debt Balances
January 29, 2013
These figures show the accounts payable and debt balances for the City of Prattville. All other items listed, except for Accounts Payable, Group Health and Community Initiatives, are the bond issues that the City makes payments on each May and November. The payment made on November 1st, 2011 paid off the GO 2006 Warrant. We have now paid off the BankTrust line of credit ($1,000,000) and the last bridge loan as well. We placed $1 million in the debt services account to cover the May 1, 2012 debt service bond payment. We did not need to take out a loan and we made that debt service bond payment on April 27, 2012. The November 1st, 2012 bond payment was paid at the end of October from the debt reserve account. Again, there was no need for a bridge loan. This continues to be significant and positive progress. These balances reflect the application of the most recent bond payment.
In the last 2 years, the City of Prattville has decreased it's overall debt by $14,889,419.83 or 23%.