Colbert City Council members expressed thanks recently for being spared from the terrible storm April 28 and a desire to reach out to those affected.
“With everything that’s happened as a result of the recent tornadoes, I wanted to propose the idea of making a donation to someone like the Red Cross or a town that was hit directly by the storms,” said Mayor Chris Peck. “We may not be able to do much, but I really feel like we should make some effort to do what we can.”
City attorney Dale Perry offered his thoughts on how the process should be handled.
“I think it would be best to do an intergovernmental transfer,” said Perry. “We could easily send a transfer of funds to a city like Ringgold or Trenton to assist them.”
Peck asked the council members if they had a specific number in mind.
“Is there a certain amount that you all think we should consider giving?” asked Peck.
Evelyn Power said Colbert could have been hit just as easily as Ringgold.
“That could have just as easily been us,” said Power. “I would suggest that we give around $500 if possible.”
Peck said $500 is an appropriate amount.
“Right now $500 is probably the best we can afford to do, but I have to believe that anything we give would help,” said Peck. “I mean, on the news all you can see is miles of devastation in both Trenton and Ringgold, and I don’t see how they’re even operating!”
Councilman Tim Wyatt proposed the idea of possibly dividing the donation between the two cities.
“Maybe we should split the $500, and send $250 to both Trenton and Ringgold,” he said. “I’m sure both would appreciate whatever they receive.”
Peck and the council made the unanimous decision to contribute their support in this way.
“This sounds like a good idea to me if it’s alright with everyone else,” said Peck.
Peck made a final comment on the matter.
“This has all just been on my mind lately,” he said. “We may get hit one day and never receive a dime from anyone, but you’ve always got to take the high road in situations like these.”