Moulton City Council received eight applications for the parks and recreation director, a position held by Jackie Burch, who is retiring on Jan. 31.

Mayor Roger Weatherwax said council members will begin holding interviews before its next meeting on Monday, Jan. 27. He said starting pay for a new director would be negotiable beginning at about $55,000 to $60,000 per year. 

The council also plans to negotiate a contract with Burch, which will see him continue part-time employment with the city as a consultant to the new hire.

Council members Cassandra Lee and Joyce Jeffreys were in favor of approving a contract on a month-to-month basis after a six-month proposal was presented to the council in a work session on Monday night.

“I was under the impression we were hiring a director who is already qualified,” Jeffreys said. “If they are qualified, why would (Burch) need to stay on for six months to train them? It was my understanding we weren’t hiring a trainee.”

Weatherwax said discussions with Burch would continue, and the council would revisit the contract proposal at its next meeting.

Council members also discussed purchasing new banners to be displayed downtown from Ink & Thread, a printing company in Moulton, and updating the city’s website to help promote the community.

Councilmember Denise Lovett suggested drafting a new logo for the city of Moulton to be displayed on the new banners, and she and Lee discussed establishing more presence from the city on social media.

“We want to promote our city for other reasons, not just for events like the Strawberry Festival or the Christmas tree trail the county started this year,” Lovett said.

She and Lee said maintaining the website or providing updates through Facebook or another social media platform would help further their goal of breathing life back into downtown and continue to heighten interest along Alabama 157.

All members were present for Monday night’s work session. Moulton City Council will hold its next meeting on Monday, Jan 27, at 5 p.m. 

City Hall will be closed Monday, Jan. 20, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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