The council gave Mayor Johnny Smith permission to negotiate a contract with Jacksonville State University to conduct the personnel survey.
“We have not had a study in a long time,” Smith said. “The whole idea is to keep everybody equitable.”
Earlier this year, the city began soliciting proposals from groups capable of conducting such reports. The search yielded three results: one from JSU, another from Auburn University and one from Tennessee-based Duke Companies.
Smith said he expected to get direction from the council in a work session just before the meeting about whether they wanted him to proceed in negotiations with each of the companies. Instead, the council added the item to the formal agenda and voted to limit negotiations to JSU.
The city provided a redacted copy of each group’s proposal, eliminating the prices from each one. Smith also declined to provide a cost range for the project.
“I have an idea, but I hate to give it away while I’m still negotiating with them,” he said of the cost.
In other business, the council:
-- Approved $23,000 to finish a parking lot adjacent to the post office. The money is the last of a federal allocation of $110,000 that was secured by U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Anniston, in 2005, Smith said.
The city used most of the money to purchase property, cut trees, demolish two homes and lay the base surface on the lot, Smith said. The council will use the remainder to add a layer to the lot, stripe it, build a fence around it and finish the curbs surrounding it.
Once complete, the project will add between 10 and 12 parking spaces to the post office lot.
— Voted to make the court magistrate’s job a full-time position, at the request of Angela Crane, court clerk. The employee who currently holds that job has been working for the city on a part-time basis for five years, officials said.
“I’m the judge’s right hand during court; she’s my right hand in the office,” Crane said, referring to the magistrate. “Somebody should always be there.”
Staff writer Laura Gaddy: 256-235-3544. On Twitter @LJohnson_Star.