PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - It was a big night in Phenix City as council members approved items on the agenda, one impacting help for residents in emergencies, and another helping city workers just in time for the holidays.
The meeting started with the presentation of 15 students from Central High and Glenwood school receiving scholarships from the money raised at this year's Mayor's Scholarship Ball.
Mayor Eddie Lowe said more than $55,000 was raised and is also being used to help nonprofits in the city.
The council then shifted gears to a lot of business, approving a onetime pay hike for full time city employees of $10 a month for 2015, equaling up to $120.
This is also retroactive for retirees.
Phenix City Council also approved an additional $106,680 totaling $4 million for an upgrade to the city's communication system allowing public safety officials to connect with others state wide in the case of emergency.
Phenix City Police Chief Ray Smith says they're second in the state to get this type of technology.
"It's helping in response times, its helping in officers communications, helping us catch bad guys, all of those things are becoming much easier because this communication piece has now been completed," Smith said.
Another thing they checked off on their agenda was approving fireworks for the "Night of Lights" celebration on Dec. 3.
Additionally, Miss Alabama Meg McGuffin is set to appear in this year's Christmas parade.
Other approved items include:
- Extending a moratorium on all annexations through Dec. 31, 2016.
- Allowing Alabama Power to install a street light on 23rd Court.
- Purchasing a new fuel monitoring system from Barber Petroleum Equipment Company in the amount of $7,889.38 for city vehicles.
- Purchasing three new digital LED Signs at the Lakewood Golf Course, Central Activity Center, and at a park for important messages including Amber Alerts, and PSA’s.