The regular meeting was called to order at 7:01 pm by Mayor Bennard Cann.  The following Council Members were present: Vice Mayor Bradley Wade, Katie Blade, Todd Mullins, and Sharon Fowler.  Police Chief Amos Damron and Code Enforcement Officer Barry Wade AND Clerk-Treasurer Karen Rooker were also present.

Vice Mayor Wade led all in the Pledge to the Flag.


Cappriccieo Spriggs was sworn in by Mayor Cann as a new Morningside Police Officer.  He was warmly welcomed.  There were several officers from the Glen Arden Police Force in attendance.


Motion made by Vice Mayor Wade seconded by Council Member Fowler to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of July 18, 2017 and the work sessions of August 8, 2017. No further discussion.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.
At this time Police Chief Damron presented certificates of appreciation to Taylor Foster and Austin Fowler for their assistance in the National Night Out Against Crime 2017 Event.  He also had certificates for Nicole and Jasmine Wade who were not in attendance.  He gave the certificates to their father Vice Mayor Wade.
MISCELLANEOUS/OPEN FORUM – there was no one signed up to speak from the work session of August 8, 2017.


Public Works – Mike Johnson read and then submitted a written report.

Code Enforcement – Code Officer Barry Wade gave a written & oral report.

Administrative Office – Karen Rooker stated that she is working on gathering information for the audit and Regina Foster is looking into new cell phones for employees.

Police Department – Chief Damron gave a verbal and written report for the month of July. He also updated everyone on the very successful National Night Out Against Crime.  For next year there will be a committee to help make things even better.  It was a great turn out.

Council Member Sharon Fowler – The electrical issues in the Town Hall building have all been addressed.  She is now looking for 3 quotes to get the meeting room, hallway, and stairwell re-done.

Council Member Todd Mullins – Stated that Choice Concrete was getting ready to do some crack repair throughout the Town.  They have to wait for the streets to dry out from the recent rain.  He stated that National Night Out was great and he thanked the Police Department for a super event.

Council Member Katie Blade – Said National Night Out was very nice.

Vice Mayor Bradley Wade – Will be working with Public Works to cut down tree limbs and brush that is overhanging the sidewalks beginning this Friday. He also stated that National Night Out was a great success.  The Council met with Bates Trucking regarding the trash contract and they will be moving forward to getting toters and new recycling bins for every home.  More information will be coming in the near future.

Mayor Benn Cann – Mayor Cann stated that it was the best National Night Out he has attended in a long time.  Next year there will be a committee made up of various people to see how to improve the event and attendance.  He wants to plan more Town events before the end of the year and get them on the calendar now before the dates are all full.

  • Employee Handbook –

Motion by Council Member Blade, second by Vice Mayor Wade to amend the Employee Handbook to include sick and annual leave benefits for part-time employees.  Part-time employees will receive ½ of the benefits that full-time employees receive according to their time in service.  Also, the new handbook will not go into effect until September 6, 2017 not September 1, 2017 as voted on last month. No further discussion.  All voted aye.  Motion carried. 

  • Choice Concrete –

As reported earlier, Choice Concrete will start doing the work voted on at the July meeting as soon as the areas dry out from the recent rain.

  • Grant Writer –

Motion by Council Member Mullins, seconded by Council Member Fowler to enter into a contract with Gwen Mosley as the grant writer for the Town, starting out with small projects (new floor for the meeting room, solar lights for Glaubitz Circle and/or a new roof for the Municipal Center), capping the cost for her services at $500 as a trial run.  Further discussion ensued.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.

  • Communications Calendar –

Was reviewed by all.  The following dates/events were added to the calendar:

Oct 28 – Trunk or Treat; Oct 31 – Costume Contest; Nov 17 – Seniors’ Luncheon; Dec 16 – Breakfast with Santa.

  • Building Electrical Issues –

Council Member Fowler stated that all of the electrical issues have been addressed.  The electrician was really surprised that there had not been a fire in the attic the way things had been previously done.



  • PayChex –

Motion by Council Member Blade, seconded by Vice Mayor Wade to enter into a new contract with our payroll processor PayChex.  The new contract will cost $81.00 a month and $152 per year for W-2 forms for employees.  No further discussion.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.

  • Public Works -

Motion by Vice Mayor Wade, seconded by Council Member Fowler to purchase new chainsaws and poles for Public Works to use to trim tree limbs and brush from the sidewalk areas.  To be purchased from Mower Depot at a cost of $1350.74. No further discussion.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.

 Painting of Meeting Room -

Council Member Fowler will get 3 estimates to have the back wall, ceiling, and trim painted in the meeting room, the hallway walls, ceiling, and trim, and the stairwell walls & ceiling also painted.

  • UBS –

The monthly report was reviewed by all.

  • Pay the Bills –

Motion by Vice Mayor Wade second by Council Member Blade to pay the bills for July 19-- - August 15, 2017 in the amount of $53,085.66.  No further discussion.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.



  • Todd Mullins – Hopes the Town will go over the new Bates contract line by line, looking at all of the fees and hours of operation.  He is not happy with their level of service at all.

Meeting adjourned at 8:12 pm.

Respectfully submitted,