Ranburne council to light tree during Christmas parade
November 22, 2017
By Bill Wilson
The Anniston Star

The Town Council on Tuesday decided during to set up the town’s Christmas Tree at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Before setting up the 20-foot Christmas tree, the council will hold a brief special called meeting to discuss hiring a new director for the senior center.

The current director, Penny Morgan, resigned.

Ranburne Mayor Jim Smith said the tree will be lit during the annual Christmas parade, which will be on Dec. 9 at 4 p.m.  
The council voted unanimously to give every town employee one week’s pay as a Christmas bonus.

The council also talked about the hike in health insurance premiums for town employees. Insurance premiums will increase by $6, to $429 per month.

Smith also said the town will host a free community Thanksgiving dinner today at the community center, which will be open to anyone needing a meal during daytime hours.

Smith said Tuesday that newly hired town clerk, Runa Kimbrell, is resigning, citing the workload required for the job. Smith said the town has not had an audit since 2003 and the amount of work required to fill in financial data to get caught up is enormous.

Kimbrell had been hired to replace longtime town clerk Pam Richardson, who resigned in August.

The council also unanimously approved buying eight new fire extinguishers for all police vehicles and every municipal building.