— The Dora City Council agreed to purchase six new laptops and printers for the city’s police department to replace the older computers that were acquired through government surplus or officers who are using their personal computers.
The new computers and printers will cost just under $5,000.
The council also voted to cancel an agreement with a company to input ticket information into the system. In return, the company received $20 for each ticket. Over the last three years, the city has paid more than $22,000 for this service. It will be replaced with software that will allow officers to input the information direction.
The new software will cost $6,000.
The council also approved the purchase of a new computer for the city’s magistrate for approximately $800.
The funds for the purchases will come from the corrections fund, which can only be spent on court or police purchases.
The council also voted to send Police Chief John Duchock to classes to become certified to teach driving school. The cost for the training and to set up a driving school program will be approximately $700.
This will give drivers in the city who get a traffic ticket and have not been habitual offenders to take the classes for a fee instead of having the ticket go on their record and impact their health insurance.
The city would also be able to offer the program to other cities for the same fee.
Mayor Randy Stephens said he thought this would be a great asset to the city, especially for young drivers who could be taught better habits and prevent an increase in the parents’ insurance rates. Council member Hezikiah Walker abstained from the vote.
In other business, the council:
•agreed to cut grass in the median and alongside old Highway 78 inside the city limits. This is an annual resolution with the Alabama Department of Transportation.
•agreed to take bids for repairs to the roof of the Armory currently used by the city’s street department.
•approved the purchase of red rock for the park’s baseball fields, as well as the purchase of various miscellaneous supplies for the baseball program.
•heard from Fire Chief Chris Edwards about the fire department’s fundraiser for Toys for Tots. The department is selling solar house number signs to raise money for the program.