Hotel Talisi

Cliff Williams / The Tribune More timbers and framing have fallen in Hotel Tails. The building is currently owned by the city and demolition plans are underway.

Hotel Talisi is closer to coming down.

City officials were already working on a scope of work to allow contractors to bid to take down the structure in downtown Tallassee. At Tuesday’s council meeting, Mayor Sarah Hill said fire Chief Eric Jones called to inform her more beams and woodwork had fallen in the structure.

“I got him to get with James Garner to put up some barricades and make sure it was safe to be around,” Hill told the council. “I asked them to help and find interest in bidding for demolition.”

The city currently has an open Community Development Block Grant for demolition of dilapidated structures. Hill said several property owners who were originally interested in the program had backed out freeing up grant monies. 

Hill said if the estimates hold, there is enough leftover funds to demolish the hotel. 

 

Creation of accident review board 

The council approved the creation of an accident review board. The board will review any accidents involving city employees operating city vehicles.

Police Chief Todd Buce said the City of Montgomery has a similar board and that the police department currently has a procedure for investigating and documenting accidents involving Tallassee Police Department officers.

“The police department already does accident packages on any accident we have officers involved in,” Buce told the council. “They go for the drug screening, they do a statement and photos are taken. 

“This would happen for all city employees and department heads would have some say so in disciplinary issues for any accident if it was avoidable...”

The recommendation for the accident review board came during a review by the Alabama Municipal Insurance Corporation.

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City pool complaint

The council heard from a resident with a complaint about the city pool. The complaint surrounds the pool using city funds to only be available to the Tallassee swim team. The resident wanted the pool to either be closed to all or open to all and demanded action quickly or he would report the matter to the Alabama Ethics Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice.

 

In other action the Tallassee City Council:

• Approved a one-time bonus for city retirees in the Retirement System of Alabama program in the amount of $10,470.

• Approved making HDD Broadband the internet provider for city buildings in Elmore County.

• Approved minutes of the June 28 and July 1 meetings.

 

The next meeting of the Tallassee City Council is scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 26.

 

Cliff Williams is a staff writer for Tallapoosa Publishers, Inc. He may be reached via email at cliff.williams@alexcityoutlook.com.