Ellen Mayfield said her heart if filled with gratitude for Ed Joyner, who is retiring at the end of this month. Mayfield works with a number of community projects and says Joyner has always helped her with any needs and called him a team player. She said the city workers need to be thanked more often.
DeFuniak Springs Planning Director Greg Scoville has been removed from his job after refusing to take a required random drug test under the City’s Drug Free Workplace policy. Scoville read a statement. He said he believes the random drug testing policy violates his legal rights. He said he supplied a copy of a case where it was challenged and they prevailed. Council member Kermit Wright said if they set a precedent, then they will have to throw out all aspects of the drug testing. he says he thinks it is important. Wright and Mac Work both said they can have their names put into the testing pool. The Council approved the termination 5-0. City Manager Sara Bowers said they send in the names to a company who randomizes them and sends someone out to test.
The Council approved a renter opening the community center an hour earlier for a wedding after the happy couple asked for the help, approved a community center fee waiver for Walton Middle School’s Mother’s Day fundraiser for the ESE Technology Department, approved closing roads for the Homecoming parade, hired someone to assist with Christmas Reflections, agreed to appoint Jean Anderson to the Christmas Reflections Board due to her ability to fluff, approved a fee waiver for the Chautauqua Building and Amphitheater for JRAFROTC for a Military Ball and a 5K race, approved a group to use the amphitheatre and to decorate a tree for an Alzheimer's event on November 3.
Ellen Mayfield asked the Council to consider adding $50 to the Chautauqua Hall renter’s fee for Christmas use. She said people who come can cause traffic backups and more, then they go around the Lake but do not pay to see the lights. Council member Kermit Wright suggested that anyone going through the gate should have to pay the entrance fee. Mayor Carpenter noted some who come are helping provide for the city such as when they hire local catering. Attorney Adkinson noted they would have to change the ordinance. He said anyone who needs to go to the Chautauqua Building can simply park across the street and not go around the Lake. Council member Kelley said charging everyone the $3 would make sure Christmas Reflections benefits as everyone pays the same. Council agreed that once the barricades go up, anyone entering Circle Drive would have to pay, no matter where they are going. The only exception is the residents who live on Circle Drive. Those renting will be advised ahead of time. Later in the meeting, Carpenter asked about paying for some such as the league of Cities to see the lights as the come from all over to hold a meeting at the Chautauqua Building. Council agreed they would simply buy tickets for the group.
Wright then suggested adding $50 to the Chautauqua Building rental fee to go towards the elevator fund. He told the Council liability scares him and the stairs scare him. The fund is $34,000 away from being able to put an elevator in the building. Wright suggested taking $34,000 of the old health building funds and apply it to the elevator. The $50 fee would go to repay the fund. Wright said they need the elevator. Mayor Carpenter said he does not agree with taking the money from the old health building.
Wright suggested moving the budget’s organizational requests to a later date. He said when they consider what the organizations should get, they do not know where the budget will stand. Wright says they should pay police officers and workers then if there is something leftover they can help the non-profit organizations. He says they should not base disbursement of funds on what they received last year, rather on how many citizens are served by the organizations. Kelley agreed that workshop would be a good thing.
The Council approved an interlocal agreement with the County for building inspection services and approved an agreement with the police union for an annual raise.
And if you are going to be boring, you have to pay. The Council approved requiring customers who need line boring to pay for the additional service.