FP Welcomes New Leadership

FP Welcomes New Leadership

By Marla Jones, Managing Editor • marla@southerntorch.com

FORT PAYNE, Ala. — At the organizational session of the Fort Payne City Council,  the new council and Mayor Brian Baine were sworn in by Judge Andrew Hairston.  The council members are as follows:  Walter Watson, Lynn Brewer, Johnny Eberhart, John Michael Smith, and Phillip Smith.

The Council elected Walter Waston as the Council President and Lynn Brewer as Pro-Tempore.

The following appointments were made:

  • City Clerk, Robert A. Parker
  • City Treasurer, Tricia Clinton-Dunne
  • Municipal Attorney, Rocky Watson
  • Municipal Judge, Glenn Shed

Approved the name depositories and signatories (Mayor Brian Baine, Council President, City Clerk, and City Treasurer) for City funds and accounts at: 

  • First Fidelity Bank
  • First State Bank of DeKalb
  • First Southern State Bank

The following were approved by the Council:

  • Set the schedule for the upcoming Holiday Season (Thanksgiving-Thursday and Friday, Christmas-Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Years Day )
  • Authorized the payroll department to process checks for one-time pay adjustments to city employees. 
  • Announced (6) vacancies on the DeKalb/Cherokee Gas Board
  • Set the interview date for the candidates for FPIA Board

The following ordinances and resolutions for passed after the Council “Suspended the rules for immediate consideration”.

  • Ordinance 2020-08 which designated the Police Chief and Fire Chief “Officers” of the City
  • Ordinance 2020-09 placing a 4-way stop at 4th and Grand Avenue North
  • Ordinance 2020-10 established the Rules of Order for Council meeting and date and time, as the first and third Tuesday of each month beginning at 1 p.m. Councilmember John Smith objected to the time, stating that his platform had been to change the time of meetings to a nightly meeting to have more citizen involvement.

The Fort Payne Council will meet for a work session, beginning at 12:30 p.m. on November 10 at City Hall.

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