CARBON HILL – At a working session Thursday night, Mayor April Kennedy Herron told Carbon Hill City Council that she wanted to find a way to improve playground equipment through repairs and purchases.

The mayor stated that the playground equipment in the blue gym and on the ball fields must be maintained, e.g. B. painting and catering. She’ll also want to buy some new swings over time, as the city can.

“I just want it to be a little more welcoming,” she said. “It’s not very inviting as it is right now.” District 4 councilor Judy Hurst said, “It takes a bad facelift. Just painting would help.”

She hopes to use the proceeds from the pool this summer to potentially address this. Herron also noted that five street workers “have a lot of grass to cut,” which means it can take a while to get the job done.

When asked about the necessary cleanup work on the ACE ball field, Herron said she wondered if it would be better to use the $ 13 an hour staff to mow grass daily, or if she would be better off to commit to cutting twice a month at the Blue Gym and the Little League.

Hurst asked if he should put pea gravel on the swings near the pool so that the equipment area wouldn’t have to be sorted out. Hurst said new playgrounds must now have pea gravel. Herron said she saw rubber mulch on some playgrounds, though Hurst thought it might be more expensive. Herron said the city could look into the cost of pea gravel.

In another action during the working session, the council:

Owned by Brittany Chambers, dispatching supervisor, said a window unit in the prison recently failed and a new one came in later on special order – which Herron said delayed arrival. Meanwhile, city judge Ken Guin has issued orders, which means some people will be held for several days, which means heat and air will be needed.

Chambers said the device was installed last Friday, but wood was still needed to sort it out – which wasn’t available at the time. “We patched it as best we could to get through the weekend,” she said. “We now have the supplies to fix it and get it ready so this won’t be a problem. It’s got duct tape so it looks bad, but it works. It was an emergency fix so we could heat and cool our occupants. ”

She also noted that if more inmates are held, the cost of eating inmates could increase. Inmates are fed for $ 9 per day per inmate. However, she said officials hope more people will pay their fines as they see they may have to spend more time in jail, which will offset the cost of food.

Herron said more fines will come.

“To make a believer out of some of these people, we actually enforce and keep them,” she said. “But while you’re here, they’re not just sitting under the air conditioner. We got them to do things at City Hall and where we need them. I even told (Street Superintendent Alan May) that it was time when it was time that’s what it’s about. ” Paint around the (urban swimming) pool. If (Police Chief Antoine Cobb) has a reserve officer, we’ll take them down there and let them paint the pool or whatever we have to do. ”

Herron also said the generator stopped working in jail due to a switch that could be $ 15,000-20,000 for replacement if it can’t be repaired. Chambers said emergency power outage lights will be procured for the prison because they are inexpensive. Chambers also checked the log for working with E-911 for calls when the power went out.

• Heard Chambers said the garage door was also examined where wood is decaying. “It will be an expensive solution, but for now it will partially work. We still have to get them to adjust the linkage and put a new strap on it,” she said, noting that this is not a safety issue. If the belt breaks, there is still an emergency stop in place. “We only use it as we have to,” she said.

• Heard Herron said a request had been made to put a street lamp at the Nursing Home on Fourth Avenue on the corner as it is dark in that area. District 2 councilor Oranetta Kirk said she tried to tell an Alabama Power official that the site is private, but the utility claims it is owned by the city. “We don’t have any property over there,” said Herron. The mayor said she would still have to meet with Alabama Power over the next few weeks to install LED lights in the city.