float: left; margin-right: 5px; margin-left: 5px;City Council members Keith Smith and Tony Wallingsford recently attended their last City Council meeting as members.

A resolution naming the Kelly Group as the engineering firm for the Goose Pond Boat launch expansion project was approved.
A tourism grant application was approved from the Jackson County Tourism for the Heartland Angler’s Bass Championship tournament. This tournament will be held in November. A tourism grant application was approved from the Jackson County Tourism for the American Crappie Trail. This tournament will be held in February, 2019.  J.P. Parsons with the Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce recently  requested these  tourism grants totaling $12,000 for the upcoming fishing tournaments. Parsons explained that the chamber would contribute $8,800.  Parsons stated 210 boaters, 420 anglers have registered for the Heartland Angler’s Bass Championship tournament.
The 2017-2018 Budget amendments were approved in the amount of $321,388. The amendments include a scanner tool for vehicle maintenance in the amount of $8,363; Cemetery building improvements in the amount of $25,000; An air conditioning recovery unit in the amount of $9,525; BASS tournament fee in the amount of $25,000; Main Street start up money in the amount of $10,000; Workers Comp training in the amount of $4,500; Extra roll-offs in the amount of $27,000; Police computers in the amount of $22,000; Recycling containers in the amount of $50,000; And paving projects in the amount of $140,000.
Council members appointed Mark Marshall and Emily Bradford to the Downtown Redevelopment Authority; Kandice Paradise to the Library Board; and Daryl Britt, Clyde Broadway, Joyce Kennamer, Pat Switchtenberg and Rosalie Sarno to the Museum Commission.
Melanie Bradford Holman was appointed as Assistant Municipal Judge; Patricia Stewart and Brian Rice were appointed as Municipal Prosecutors for the Scottsboro Municipal Court.
Eddie Tigue of the Jackson County Rescue Squad spoke to council members. Tigue stated “I’m here to thank both Tony and Mr. Smith. I’m especially here for Mr. Smith. We would like to present him with a plaque tonight for all his years of service as police chief and on the council. Ya’ll know what it is to be out there in the middle of the night, all weekend in the pouring down rain, and we get the support we do from the police department. I don’t know how many years it’s been, it’s been a long time. I would like to present this to you as a token for all the hard work for the City of Scottsboro and the people of Jackson County.”
Smith stated, “I think you know that I probably spend more time with you guys than I do the city council. No town should be without a rescue squad like we have. When something bad happens, we can’t do what they do. If it wasn’t for them, we’d be in trouble and families would be in trouble. I hope you all [remaining council members] continue to take care of them.”
Plaques were presented to Smith and Wallingsford by the City Council as well.
Smith ended his career as a councilman by stating, “As I was saying the other night, I’ve been working on this speech for about a month, and then when I sent it to my wife, to be typed, it came down to two pages. When one is young and looking to find a job, he or she should look for a job they love the first day and that love continues to last them until the end, even if it is 48 years. They need to love it from the time they go to work, until they let it go. My first love working for the City of Scottsboro, was the police department. It was  a 24 hour 7 day a week job, for 26 years. Next came the city  council. My job was then trying to help the citizens any way that I could. Having said that, all of you can see how much that I love this city and these jobs that I’ve had for all these years. I love and appreciate my wife, my granddaughter and my mother-in-law, who has put up with the many aspects of being with someone in a job like this. I’d like to let everyone know that I appreciate the support that has been shown to me over the years, both in the police department and as a city councilman. I will miss serving the City of Scottsboro, however, one decides that it is time to move on to the next chapter in their lives. I decided it is now that time for me. I turn now the next page in this chapter of my life. I’m very fortunate that I have with me my wife Cynthia by my side as we proceed on.”
Wallingsford stated, “I’ve had the opportunity to live anywhere I wanted to throughout the United States. Moving back to Scottsboro was the best decision I made. I believe in Northeast Alabama and I can honestly say there’s nowhere else I’d rather be.” 

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