North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

October 23, 2013

Warrior to house inmates, handle police dispatch for Morris

By Melanie Patterson
North Jefferson News

MORRIS — In a cost-saving measure, the city of Morris is contracting with Warrior to house inmates and handle its police dispatching.

The Morris Town Council on Tuesday agreed to pay Warrior $1,500 a month, and will save $3,000 a month in expenses, according to Mayor Joe Pylant.

Town Clerk Jessica Robb said the police currently has four dispatchers; three of them will be laid off and one is shifting to an administrative assistant position in the police department.

In a separate matter, the town council approved paying $1,135 for the installation of a voicemail card that will roll Morris Police Department calls to the Warrior Police Department, as well as send callers to the appropriate departments when they call city hall.

Town council members, in response to a question from a citizen in the audience, said the fact that Warrior is handling Morris police calls will not delay response time for officers when residents call the police.

The Warrior City Council approved the jail agreement on Monday and the Morris Town Council approved the contract with Warrior on Tuesday. The agreement goes into effect immediately.

In other business, the Morris Town Council:

• approved the fiscal year 2014 budget, which slashes expenses by more than $105,000

• voted to reimburse Reno Refractories a tax overpayment of $3,614.30 in four quarterly installments. Pylant said the mistake was because Reno miscalculated the tax, not because the city overcharged the company

• approved spending $580 to stripe a car and $225 for two radio batteries for the fire department

• agreed to purchase AT&T U-verse for a cost savings of $50 per telephone line, for six lines

• voted to spend up to $1,000 at Welch’s Muffler, Automotive and Truck Repair to repair the master computer on a police car and to spend up to $500 at Welch’s to repair brakes on the senior center van

• voted to send the city clerk to a class in Auburn on Nov. 20-22

• agreed to purchase six street barricades for $81.58 each

• approved $108 in overtime for three police officers to work during the Christmas parade on Dec. 7. This year's theme for the parade is "A Public Safety Christmas" and will honor police officers and firefighters.