The Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging is seeking help from municipalities throughout St. Clair County.
At Monday’s council meeting in Odenville, the council tabled a decision to fund the organization until they had a work session.
The week before, the Ashville council also tabled a decision about the same request from M4A.
Odenville Mayor Pro Tem Jimmy Bailey said the best he understood is that this is the group that provides transportation for the senior citizens center.
Councilwoman Brenda Riddle said M4A first requested $5,000 for the rest of this fiscal year, and $5,000 for next year.
“They told me due to the shortfall, they were requesting funds from Odenville, Springville, Moody and Ashville because they all had senior centers,” Riddle said. ”I asked her if she was asking for $5,000 for just two months, and then $5,000 for the next year. They did bring it down to $4,000 for the rest of this year, and even at that, I just can’t see paying $2,000 per month. That is a lot of money. I think the other municipalities need to help. This is just not senior center transportation; it is countywide transportation. I know senior citizens ride that bus, and it is very, very important.”
Riddle added that all of this had been funded through the county, but that “the lady from M4A told me they did not receive funds from the county commission due to financial commitments, so they are asking towns to do it.”
Councilman Don Smith said this needed to be tabled until they could discuss it more at a work session.
In other business, the council;
• Agreed to have floors at Town Hall stripped and waxed at a cost of $845 for two times a year.
• Approved the minutes from the previous meeting.
• Agreed to execute a lease agreement with the Cub Scouts for them to use one of the office buildings at the new park property.
• Passed a resolution to approve financing terms with BB&T Bank to borrow money to purchase a police car. Payment will be $205 per month for 60 months.
• Adopted resolutions naming Mayor Rodney “Buck” Christian, and council members Ed Brasher, Jimmy Bailey and Brenda Riddle re-elected without opposition.
• Approved an agreement with the county to use the HAVA voting machines.
• Approved to pay due bills.
• Agreed to purchase a rebuilt alternator for one of the fire trucks.