Of the nine certified applicants vying for the position, the council voted unanimously to hire Kimball Hall, who is currently employed as a sergeant at the Macon County Sheriffs Department.
Following the vote to hire Hall, the council voted to award him the position of Assistant Chief at a set pay rate of $14.66 an hour with a $1 an hour raise following the standard 90-day probationary period.
Perhaps the most controversial topic surrounding the Assistant Chief position was that current RBS Police Officer Doug McDonald, who applied for the position after nearly eight years of service to the city, was not awarded the promotion.
“I really don’t know what to say,” McDonald told the council before the vote. “I didn’t know I would have to politic for this position. This is my eighth year of service to the city.”
While the decision was not an easy one for council members, who referred to both Hall and McDonald as “excellent candidates,” Mayor Kenneth Hollis offered McDonald a promotion to Lieutenant, which would include a raise and more training classes.
“I’d like some time to think about that,” McDonald responded.
Officer Hall, who will begin his duties as Assistant Chief in two weeks, also spoke to the council before their vote.
“I started out here in Red Boiling Springs and have lived here all my life,” he said. “I’ve always hoped to be able to come back to Red Springs and do some things that need to be done.”
Former Assistant Chief Steve Evans has been a member of the RBS Police Department for the past 14 years and stated that his eye doctor “determined it was not advisable to return to work as a Police Officer for the City of RBS.”
In Evans’ letter, he also expressed his regret in having to resign.
“I just want the City of Red Boiling Springs to know that it has been a privilege and a pleasure to work for the RBS Police Department and to protect & serve the people of Red Boiling Springs for the past 14 years,” the letter read. “I am going to miss all the people in RBS and I hope the best for the City and the citizens of RBS and I will keep all of you in my prayers.”
Discussion was had by the council to honor the service provided by Evans with a plaque.
Also on the Special Called Meeting agenda were the violations concerning Dissolved Oxygen at the City Sewer Plant.
A Barge, Waggoner, Sumner & Cannon representative proposed what he found to be the “cheapest option” to resolve the issue which would require the installation of a manhole, with a pump, and concrete steps for water to run over, allowing it to aerate.
The cost of the project was projected to be between $32,000 and $65,000.
“This is the cheapest way we’ve found to solve the issue,” the council was told. “It will get us through the summer but we’re still a couple of months away from coming up with a long-term solution. I’d like the council’s permission to implement this solution and send a letter to the state with the steps we plan to take to fix the violation.”
The council voted unanimously to put advertise bids for the job.
Also discussed with the city’s engineering group was the awarding of the bid for the city’s CDBG project.
Low bidder Putnam Contracting Services, which has worked for the City of RBS in the past, was awarded the bid for $224,280.
A resolution was passed by the council to award the bid to Putnam Contracting Services, and the job is estimated to begin as early as September 8th following a pre-construction meeting.
Also on the evening’s agenda was the topic of mapping out the city limits and gas taps, a project presented to the council by Chris Ballou of Professional Engineers last month.
The motion was made, and seconded, to keep Barge, Waggoner, Sumner & Connon as the city’s sole engineering company. The motion was passed with a vote of 4-2.
Before adjourning the council agreed to hold their regular September meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3rd, instead of the 10th, so that City Attorney Jon Wells can be present. Wells was not present during the Special Called Meeting.