Putnal hired by Carrabelle water and sewer

At their July 11 meeting, the Carrabelle city commission hired William Wesley Putnal as the newest employee of the water and sewer department.

City Manager Courtney Millender said the department needs two new employees because worker will be out for at least six weeks on sick leave; a second, Jim Moore, recently retired on short notice; and Franklin Daniels left more than a year ago and was not replaced due to budgetary concerns. Keith Mock, the department head, will be leaving on two weeks’ vacation at the end of July.

City Clerk Keisha Smith said hiring the two employees at $10 per hour would put the city $9,000 over budget for the fiscal year. Millender said the budget can be amended.

Fewer than half of the original nine applicants were present at the meeting. Smith said two of the applicants withdrew after indicating they would not work for less than $15 per hour.

Commissioner Charlotte Schneider moved in favor of Putnal for the job, and said he was highly qualified.

Smith said Putnal will receive $10 per hour but, with benefits, the job pays $35,000 annually. She said there was no conflict of interest in hiring Putnal and “no nepotism conflict with any potential employee.”

After Putnal was hired, Commissioner Cal Allen moved to hire Michael Alday for the second position.

Commissioners Allen, Schneider, Frank Mathes and Curley Messer voted to hire Alday, but Brenda LaPaz asked if Alday had a high school diploma or had passed a General Educational Development exam (GED). Alday said he had not.

Smith said commissioners could make his employment contingent on Alday completing the exam in a set period of time. She said there was a six-month probation period for all employees.

LaPaz said she was concerned the job had only been advertised for a week and many potential employees may not have seen it.

Commissioners withdrew their votes and voted unanimously to advertise the second position for two more weeks, setting July 29 as the deadline for an application.

The commission plans to hire the second water and sewer employee at the Aug. 1 meeting.


Carrabelle seniors’ lunch closed until September

The regular Thursday lunch at the Carrabelle Senior Citizens Center, 201 NW Avenue F, will not be served from July 25 through Aug. 29.

Ed Pattillo, president of the senior center board, said the lunches will resume on Sept. 5.

 “We’re not going to fix any meals for six weeks. What we’re doing, we’re giving the volunteers a little vacation and there’s some building maintenance that needs to be done,” he said. “There’ll be sawdust and we don’t want that in peoples’ food.”