North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

September 25, 2013

Morris considers sending inmates to Warrior

By Melanie Patterson
North Jefferson News

MORRIS — In a cost-saving measure, the city of Morris is considering having nearby Warrior house its inmates.

Councilman Steve Jones discussed the proposed agreement during a city council meeting on Sept. 24. However, he said the agreement needs to be updated to include what to do about dispatchers, which double as jailers.

Police Chief Mike Nazarchyk said the city would save about $3,000 a month by contracting with Warrior to house its inmates.

In other business, the council:

• adopted an ordinance prohibiting the obstruction of fire hydrants in the city

• approved allowing Bell to apply for a $5,000 Cawaco grant and a $70,000 Assistance to Firefighters grant

• voted to allow the fire department to start sending out newsletters to citizens in order to keep them informed about events and statistics at the department

• tabled a request from ClasTran for a $1,000 donation from the city. According to a letter from ClasTran, which Mayor Joe Pylant read aloud, the service makes about 305 stops in Morris every year. ClasTran takes senior citizens to doctor and other appointments

• heard an update from Pylant that developer Clint Singletary said he will put the final coat of asphalt at Overbrook Subdivision before winter. “He assures me it will get done before it gets cold,” Pylant said.

The next Morris Town Council meeting is Oct. 22, 6 p.m., at city hall.