City to receive $1.97 million from PCI

Published 8:50am Wednesday, December 4, 2013

By the time 2014 dawns, the City of Wetumpka will have received a total of $1.97 million from the ­Poarch Band of Creek Indians.

During Monday night’s city council meeting Wetumpka Mayor Jerry Willis was authorized to sign a fire service agreement with the tribe to secure the funds.

The agreement includes one-time payments totalling $920,000 – $250,000 for renovations to Fire Station No. 1, $650,000 for a new fire truck and $20,000 for turn-out gear. It also reflects $850,000 annual payments for fire protection for three years with a three-year renewal option.

The city had previously received a total of $200,000 from the Poarch Band this year.

“Their council approved the agreement this morning,” Willis said Monday. “We’ve been told that this is the first of many agreements we will be working on together.”

In other business, the council:

•Approved the Order of Cimarrón’s request to hold a Mardi Gras parade March 1 in the city and also to use Gold Star Park that day as a venue for vendors and entertainment.

•Authorized the mayor to sign the annual agreement with the Central Alabama Drug Task Force for the currently budgeted amount of $75,000.

•Authorized a one-time cost of living adjustment of $200 for full-time and $100 for part-time employees.

•Approved up to $45,000 for a proposed expansion of the Fain Center on Cotton Street. Final details of the addition will be presented to the council at an upcoming meeting.

•Voted to abandon a portion of city property on East Bridge Street upon which the Fain Theater building encroaches. The measure is necessary to complete the sale of the building.

•Approved a restaurant retail liquor license for The Feedsack located on U.S. Highway 231.

•Heard a presentation on red light cameras and speeding cameras during the work session before the business meeting.

The council’s next meeting will be Dec. 16 with a work session at 6 p.m. followed by the regular council meeting.

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