Council honors Pirate football team

WINFIELD - At the Tuesday, Dec. 4, Winfield City Council meeting, the council approved a joint resolution with the Winfield Board of Education, recognizing the Winfield Pirate varsity football team that was presented to the team at the Dec. 11 Pirates’ girls varsity basketball home game.
This resolution commended the team for its excellent performance during the 2018 football season, in which the team had an 11 - 0 season record.
The Pirates won the Region IV championship, the Marion County championship and the West Alabama Conference championship.
“We always want to recognize our teams that do an outstanding job,” said mayor Randy Price.
Price, in combination with the board of education, presented the team and Winfield City High School head football coach David McKinney with a framed resolution during halftime.
When reached for comment, Price said that the Pirate varsity football team had represented the city well with their hard work and dedication.
“I’m very proud of the way they played as a team and how they represented the city well. I’m proud of how they handled themselves throughout the season and that type of positive representation and hard work is exactly what we need in our schools and in our city,” said Price.

In other business, the council:
• Accepted a bid from State Bank and Trust for a loan to pay off an old line of credit for $270,482.
The loan would charge 3.30 percent interest, along with a $250 loan fee.
Price told the council that the city had only been paying the interest on the loan since it began and that he believed that paying off the old debt and creating a new loan would help the city’s credit score.
The loan was originally taken out by a previous administration and used for operating expenses.
• Voted to allow the Winfield Police Department to take out a loan to purchase new bullet-proof vests.
The five-year loan for $12,000 will be from State Bank and Trust, with a 3.30 percent interest and a loan fee of $250.
Winfield Police Chief Brett Burleson told the council that the shelf life for several of the department’s vests had expired. The new vests, he told the council, would adjust to different size officers, making them more valuable to the department.

The council meeting ended in an executive session that lasted approximately 45 minutes, in which the council discussed a possible business opportunity.