By Morgan Bryce
Mayor F.L. “Bubba” Copeland and members of the Smiths Station City Council approved a resolution pertaining to protocols for employees operating city vehicles.
During the last year, the city has purchased two vehicles, a 2018 Ford Explorer and used Chevrolet Silverado to use for its code enforcement and public works departments.
“It’s high time that we have a city (fleet safety) policy or agreement in place. That means that if you drive one of the city’s vehicles, your license has to be on file, you got to be on the insurance and that if you’re caught texting or drinking and driving, you’re fired,” Copeland said. “This will also protect us from any form of liability that an employee might have. It is a good move for us moving forward as we continue to grow and expand.”
The city’s trash ordinance was also amended to include “roadside dumping.”
“This amendment will establish dumping of trash or debris as a violation against the city in addition to other means of littering. Previously, the word ‘dumping’ or phrase ‘roadside dumping’ was not included and I thought it was in the city’s best interest to make the change and make it a part of that ordinance,” said City Clerk Scott Johnston.
Before adjourning the meeting, Copeland encouraged council members and residents to attend the city’s third annual “Family Movie Night” July 27 at 6:30 p.m. E.S.T. at the Smiths Station Sports Complex. The free event will include family-friendly activities, games and showing of the first “Secret Life of Pets” film.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun. We’ve been very successful with this event the last three years, which is a credit to the community,” Copeland said. “It’s free of charge to attend and the only thing you have to pay for is food, and there will be several vendors on site to choose from. Feel free to bring your favorite beanie bag, chair or towel and enjoy a fun night together as a family.”
The council’s next meeting will be held July 23, with a work session starting at 5:30 p.m. E.S.T. and regular meeting at 6 p.m.
Meetings are held in the council chambers of the Smiths Station Government Center, which is located at 2336 Lee Road 430.
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