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Jemison adopts rental rates for equipment

The city of Jemison will now have certain rates for those interested in renting equipment from the auditorium at the Jemison Municipal Complex.

Council members unanimously approved a resolution establishing rates for equipment including microphones, microphone clips and microphone stands.

Now, anyone interested in using the equipment must sign a rental agreement and pay a $100 deposit with $50 being refundable.

The agreement states that all groups or people requesting the equipment, which is owned by the city, will be responsible for any and all damage, or failure to return the equipment in good condition.

Jemison Mayor Eddie Reed told the council several pieces of equipment went missing on more than one occasion after various groups rented the auditorium, costing the city $600 to replace the equipment.

“We lost at least three microphone stands and a microphone,” Reed said. “When we lose this equipment it costs the city money.” I don’t think any of this was intentional, but I think when you have a big event going on and people pack up things sometimes the equipment can be packed up and never returned.”

The council unanimously voted to adopt the resolution.

Councilman Rex Bittle was absent from Monday’s meeting.

Reed also updated the council on the status of County Road 42 in Jemison.

The road has recently caused several residents concern over the poor driving conditions, and the city has been fielding numerous complaints.

The road is slated to be re-paved through a state program.

Reed said Monday that many residents think the city is ignoring the conditions of the road, but he wanted residents to know that it was a state project.

“We are not ignoring the road,” Reed said. “There is only so much we can do as we wait for the state to get back with us on the status of the project. We understand that the road is in bad shape and we try to do the best we can to temporarily solve the issues motorists face, but there is only so much we can do.”

Reed said he contacted ALDOT and learned the road should be paved in June.

“I know there are a lot of people concerned with the road,” Reed said.