Moore appointed to Demopolis Board of Education

Published 8:24 pm Thursday, June 5, 2014

Carolyn Moore will be the newest member of the Demopolis Board of Education.

The Demopolis City Council appointed Moore to board during Thursday’s council meting.

She will replace Laura Foster, who has completed two terms on the BOE.

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Moore’s appointment was approved by a 4-1. Cleveland Cole voted for Johnny Scott, while Demopolis City School employee Charles Jones Jr. abstained.

Marcia Pugh and Lucy Chu were also mentioned as possible candidates but were not officially nominated.

The city council also appointed Lucinda Mason as an alternate on the board of adjustment. She will rereplace Blair Parr, who stepped down from the position.

In other business, the council took the following actions:

•Passed a resolution declaring Friday, June 6 “Aubrey Randall Day” in Demopolis. Randall, who led the Demopolis Fire Department for more than 30 years, passed away in late April.

•Passed a resolution declaring Monday, June 9 as “Lisa McHugh Day” in Demopolis. McHugh was named WAKA-Montgomery’s “Golden Apple Teacher of the Year” in May.

•Kayte Melton addressed the council concerning the lease agreement between the city and the Marengo County History and Archives Museum.

Melton said the lease stipulates the city budgets $20,000 a year for maintenance and repairs.

“We have waited for quite some years and things have not gotten done,” Melton said.

These repairs include leaky or clogged plumbing and electrical work.

Mayor Mike Grayson said more than $20,000 was spent in museum maintenance last year. This year, $5,000 was budgeted for repairs and the city has spent $7,500.

Grayson said the public works department is down three employees and in a busy season due to grass cutting but that they will try to address the problems as soon as possible.

“These items Kayte is asking us to move, we will try to have those done in the next week,” Grayson said.

•The city approved an ABC Board special event application for the Friends of Gaineswood gala, which will be held Saturday, June 7.

•Demopolis Municipal Airport Director Jason Pendergrass gave an update on a grant that would improve the airport’s taxiway.

If awarded, the grant would require a 5-percent city and state match. In 2014, the grant would cover engineering, which Pendergrass estimated would cost about $140,000.

He said the state of Alabama notified him that they would not be able to fund their $7,000 match.

“I think I can squeeze it out of my budget to cover their share,” Pendergrass said. “My concern and the unknown factor is 2015.”

The project’s main cost, that being the construction work, would be paid for in 2015. That part of the grant would require about a $50,000 local and state match.

However, Pendergrass said he should know the state’s ability to contribute their share before he would have to formally accept the $1.3 million grant.

“We should know what the state is capable of doing,” he said.