The Winfield City Council meet on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 5:30 pm via video conference.

Present for the meeting was Mayor Randy Price, Councilmember Rusty Barnes, Councilmember Chris Ballard and Councilmember Anthony Hallmark. Councilmember Tim Garrison was unable to attend. City Clerk Angie Oliver recorded the meeting minutes and City Attorney Todd Atkinson was present for legal counsel. Wayne Mays- 49 County News was present for the meeting. The Journal Record was not present.

Mayor Price welcomed everyone and begin by calling the meeting to order. Councilmember Chris Ballard led the meeting in prayer. Mayor Price continued by leading the Pledge of Allegiance.

Councilmember Jimmy Hayes joined the meeting.

Mayor Price begin with asking each member to consider what the future meeting plans would be. Councilmember Chris Ballard said he would like to meet in person for the first meeting and then follow with a video meeting for the second one. Councilmember Anthony Hallmark stated he would like to go back to meeting in person. Councilmember Jimmy Hayes stated he would like to meet in a larger area to provide adequate space for distancing, possibly the Pastime Theatre. After a brief discussion, Mayor Price stated he would reach out to each member the Thursday before the next meeting to gather the opinion of how and where to meet.

Mayor Price called for a motion to accept the minutes from May 5, 2020 as written. Motion was made by Councilmember Chris Ballard. Second motion was made by Councilmember Anthony Hallmark. All members voted in favor.

Next Mayor Price called for a motion to approve the accounts payable if no comments or questions. Councilmember Jimmy Hayes had a question on the purchase of items from Staples. City Clerk Angie Oliver stated the items were purchased for office supplies for the City and Police. City Clerk Oliver stated the other departments used Staples also, as the prices seemed to be cheaper. At this time, no one is wanting to shop inside Wal-Mart for a long period of time.

Councilmember Chris Ballard questioned what the Bravo Food Service payment was. City Clerk Angie Oliver stated this check was a replacement check for the original tax abatement check written in September 2019. City Clerk Angie Oliver stated the original check has been placed Stop Payment.

Councilmember Ballard asked what the payment to Guin and Parish for tax/rental research was for. City Clerk Angie Oliver stated Mayor Price would have to explain this charge as she was unaware of this request. Mayor Price stated it might be something Administrator Mike Watkins requested. City Attorney Todd Atkinson stated he thought this was from the Ballard incentive agreement discussion to determine if tax could be collected on equipment rental. Attorney Atkinson continued by stating some agriculture and forestry can not be taxed. With no more comments or questions, Mayor Price continued for a motion to approve the accounts payable. Motion was made by Councilmember Chris Ballard. Second motion was made by Councilmember Rusty Barnes. All members voted in favor to approve.

Mayor Price asked all members to consider how to allow sick time to be used by employees. Mayor Price stated when he began office he raised the sick time accrual from 30 days to 60 days to allow for employees who needed long term recovery from illness. Mayor Price stated a policy needed to be put in to place for the employees if this time could be used for birth of child. City Attorney Todd Atkinson stated a leave could be put in to place just for this purpose. City Attorney Atkinson stated at any time after a certain period a Department Head could request a written excuse. City Clerk Angie Oliver stated the period was three days. City Attorney Atkinson stated a Department Head must approve planned time off if using sick leave. Attorney Atkinson stated sick time is a benefit and can be limited to use. Mayor Price asked Attorney Atkinson to review the City’s current policy and see what changes could or need to be made. City Attorney said a designated leave could be put into place. City Clerk Angie Oliver stated this leave would be similar to Bereavement leave. No action was taken at this time.

Mayor Price called for a motion to adjourn the meeting. Motion was made by Councilmember Chris Ballard. Second motion was made by Councilmember Anthony Hallmark. All members voted in favor to adjourn.

Angie Oliver
City Clerk

On May 5th, 2020 at 5:30 pm the Winfield City Council met via Video Conference for first regular scheduled meeting of the month. Present for the meeting was Mayor Randy Price, Councilmember Chris Ballard, Councilmember Rusty Barnes, Councilmember Tim Garrison, Councilmember Jimmy Hayes and Councilmember Anthony Hallmark. City Clerk Angie Oliver recorded the meeting minutes. City Attorney Todd Atkinson was present for legal counsel. Wayne Mays – 49 County News and Louis Mellini – Journal Record attended the meeting also.

Mayor Price welcomed everyone and stated the virus was still present and people needed to continue to be cautious. Councilmember Anthony Hallmark led the Council in prayer. Mayor Price followed with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Mayor Price moved to the first item on the agenda.

First on the agenda, approve minutes from the April 21, 2020 Council meeting. Mayor Price called for a motion to approve the minutes as written. Motion was made by Councilmember Chris Ballard. Second motion was made by Councilmember Jimmy Hayes. All members voted in favor to approve.

Second on the agenda, Bid opening for renewal of CD#56031. Mayor Price stated CD#56031 in the amount of $24424.55 was up for renewal. Mayor Price stated all local banks had been sent information to bid on the CD. All three local banks submitted sealed bids. Mayor Price continued by opening the bids.

  • First State Bank of the South .30% – 6 months, .40% – 12 months
  • Citizens Bank .78% – 6 months, 1.05% – 12 months
  • State Bank and Trust – Winfield 1% - 6 months, 1.10% - 12 months

Mayor Price reviewed the bids, asking the Council to comment. Councilmember Jimmy Hayes called for a motion to accept the bid from State Bank and Trust for 1% - 6 months with hopes the end of year would raise percentage rate. Councilmember Chris Ballard made the second motion. All members voted in favor.

Third on the agenda, Resolution #1257- Back to School Sales Tax Holiday. Mayor Price stated the City participates every year and this year the Holiday would be held on July 17-19, 2020. Mayor Price called for a motion to accept the Resolution to participate in the Back to School Sales Tax Holiday. First motion was made by Councilmember Chris Ballard. Second motion was made by Councilmember Rusty Barnes. All members voted in favor to accept Resolution #1257.

Fourth on the agenda, Resolution #1258 – eCivis Contract. Mayor Price stated this program had been in place the last five years. Mayor Price stated the Fire and Park were the departments that seem to benefit the most as the Park received 2- $3000 grants and the Fire 1- $8000 grant. Mayor Price called for a motion or discussion to accept Resolution #1258 Contract for eCivis. Motion to participate was made by Councilmember Anthony Hallmark. Councilmember Chris Ballard made the second motion stating the grants received were worth the participation. All members voted in favor.

Fifth on the Agenda, accounts payable. Mayor Price called for a motion to approve the accounts payable, if no discussion was needed on any items listed to be paid. First motion was made by Councilmember Chris Ballard. Second motion was made by Councilmember Tim Garrison. All members voted in favor.

Before ending the meeting Mayor Price updated the Council on some streets in the City he had County Commissioner Mike Shaw evaluate. Mayor Price said Regal Street, Midway Drive and Berry Road all had been discussed. Mayor Price said County Commissioner Mike Shaw gave an evaluation of Berry Road on the culverts. No action has been taken as the other Streets will be evaluated later.

Mayor Price continued by stating a man and women with a small child held signs stating help needed at the main red light in the city yesterday. Mayor Price asked City Attorney to elaborate if there was a way to stop this from happening or prevent. City Attorney Atkinson stated in this society it would be hard to prevent however, measures can be taken to stop from standing on busy intersections as this would cause a hazard to the public. City Attorney stated several Churches in the City where set up with a voucher program that would allow help for people in need.

City Councilmember Chris Ballard left the meeting during this discussion.

With no more business to discuss, Mayor Price called for a motion to adjourn. Motion was made by Councilmember Tim Garrison. Second motion was made by Councilmember Anthony Hallmark. All members voted in favor to adjourn.

Summary of Meeting:
City Clerk Angie Oliver

City Council Minutes - April 9, 2020

The Winfield City Council met on April 9, 2020 at 5:30 pm for the first scheduled meeting in April via Video Conference. Present for the meeting was Mayor Randy Price, City Councilmember Chris Ballard, City Councilmember Rusty Barnes, City Councilmember Anthony Hallmark, City Councilmember Tim Garrison and City Councilmember Jimmy Hayes. City Councilmember Jimmy Hayes was not able to vote due to audio complications. Present for legal Counsel was City Attorney Todd Atkinson and City Clerk Angie Oliver recorded the meeting minutes. Also present in the Video Conference was Wayne Mays – 49 County News and Louis Mellini – Journal Record.

Mayor Price called role call for the meeting. Mayor Price begin the meeting with an opening Prayer. City Councilmember Anthony Hallmark followed with leading the Pledge of Allegiance. Mayor Price continued to the first item on the agenda.