Wetumpka City Council reappoints John Thornton as municipal judge

Published 9:01am Wednesday, October 9, 2013

John Thornton was reappointed as Wetumpka’s municipal judge Monday night. Thornton, who has practiced law in Wetumpka for more than 30 years, has held the city judgeship for more than 16 years. He is a partner in the firm of Reneau and Thornton, Attorneys.

In other business, the council:

•Approved an ordinance to allow BellSouth Telecommunications to enter the city’s market for Internet protocol cable, video and telephone services.

•Heard the first reading of an ordinance to limit parking on portions of Brookside Drive. The ordinance, if approved, will prohibit parking on the south side of the street between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. from its intersection with Wilson Street for a distance of 200 feet. Wetumpka Mayor Jerry Willis said parking on both sides of the street currently interferes with the ability of emergency vehicles to access Brookside Drive.

•Authorized Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood to submit necessary applications related to the sports complex expansion project. The fee for the application to the Federal Emergency Management Agency is $5,000 and the fee for general permitting for construction storm water general permit and compliance is not to exceed $7,500.

•Received proposals from seven financial institutions for financing of the city’s new fire truck. Council members referred the proposals to the city clerk’s office for review and analysis.

•Granted permission for the public works department to add 25 additional hours per week for a part-time employee.

•Rescheduled the time of the Nov. 4 meeting to 4:30 p.m. A work session will be followed immediately the council business meeting.

The council’s next meeting will be Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. That meeting will also include a public hearing for vacating an undeveloped right-of-way off Kelly Fitzpatrick Drive.

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