City Council Recap

Monticello City Council reviewed proposals for a revised 911 agreement between the city and the county, during a meeting held last night
(Monday).The two entities continue to operate the 911 dispatching service under the former agreement at this time. Monticello Mayor Tracie
Sexton said that the proposals are very similar to the current contract. The city would continue to pay $10,000 per month, or $120,000 per year,
for 911.
The specific amount of the city’s contribution was not spelled out in the former contract. Also under the new agreement, the 911 board would
have a little different look. It would still include seven members, with the fire chief, the police chief, the sheriff, the EMS Director remaining on the board,
along with County Judge-Executive Mike Anderson. With the new agreement, the rescue squad would have a representative on the board and the judge
would make one appointment to complete the seven member board.
The mayor would no longer be part of the board nor would be involved in any appointments, according to the revision.
Sexton said the final draft for the agreement will be put together by the next council meeting, and the first
reading will be heard by the council.
The council amended its policies and procedures ordinance to include Martin Luther King Jr. Day as paid holiday for the city.
Council members agreed to the purchase of two vehicles. One truck will be purchased at a cost of $32,000 for the street department.
It will replace the 1997 truck with 298,000 miles currently being used by the street department.
The council also agreed to buy a truck for use by the new Alcohol Beverage Control Administrator. The vehicle will cost $27,000, which will be reimbursed
once the ABC department begins to realize revenues from licenses and fees. Sharkley Stonewall will serve as the city’s ABC Administrator, which is
a full time position.
During last night’s meeting, the council agreed to set up an account for the ABC department with a transfer of $50,000. Those funds
will be paid back to the city once revenues become available. Sexton said that state will advertise this week in regard
to applications for local licenses for the sale of alcoholic beverages. All applications will be made online.