By Faye Gaston
The Union Springs City Council met June 1, 2020, via phone conference facilitated by City Attorney Elizabeth Smithart.
The following motions were passed by unanimous vote. (1) Approved the public assembly request for the Bullock County High School to hold a parade to celebrate the graduates of 2020 on Friday, June 5, 2020, contingent on the production of liability insurance.
(2) Approved the request from Police Chief Danny Jackson to purchase a car for the Police Department to be utilized for traveling to classes and training for the cost of under $8,200.00. (The Chief reported that the Police Department had sold vehicles totaling $8,200.00. Trainees and Dispatchers will attend classes.)
(3) Approved payment of bills over $1,000 to Capital Chevrolet, Clark, Union Springs Herald, Cintas, M &M Trucking, and Quill. Approved paying other bills after a proper audit.
(4) Adopted Proclamation "Order of the State Health Officer Suspending Certain Public Gatherings due to Risk of Infection by COVID-19 (amended May 21, 2020 for the City Of Union Springs." Principal James explained the upcoming graduation exercises.
Monthly reports were given as follows. Mayor Saint T. Thomas, Jr. announced the dates for the agenda-setting and regular City Council meetings. He said, "Citizens are encouraged to wear masks, practice social distancing and abide by the health officials regulations.
Bullock County is in the top ten in the surrounding community for COVID-19 cases". Councilman Brian Agnew provided an income, expenses, and sales tax report for February 2020 through April 2020.
Faye Gaston gave the Historical Preservation report of spotlights on how people lived in the county's history. Fourteen monthly reports on the agenda were not given by the Municipal Court, Fire Committee, Haynes Ambulance Service, Crimes Stoppers, Street/Cemeteries/Sanitation, Tourism Council, Extension Service, Tree Committee, Humane Society, Commercial & Industrial Development, Chamber of Commerce, Recreation, Library Board and Utilities Board.
Councilwoman Deborah Hicks Milan "thanked everyone for their phone calls during her illness." Attorney Smithart encouraged citizens to wear face masks.
Council members who were present via the phone conference were Mayor Saint T. Thomas, Jr., Roderick Clark, Debra Milan, Brian Agnew, and Stan Cooks. Earl Hinson was absent. City Clerk Presetta Walker called the roll and took the minutes.