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Team building: Selma City Council will work on becoming a united front

The Selma City Council will be undergoing a team-building process in the near future.

The six council members present discussed the issue during its two-hour work session Thursday at City Hall. Council members present Thursday were President Corey Bowie, Ward 1 Councilman Carl Bowline, Ward 2 Councilwoman Susan Youngblood, Ward 3 Councilwoman Miah Jackson, Ward 6 Councilman Johnnie Leashore, and Ward 7 Councilwoman Jannie Thomas. City attorney Jimmy Nunn was also present.

Success coach Sederick Fluker of Montgomery will lead the nine-person council through his winning team workshop. Bowie recently met with Fluker in Montgomery. Fluker agreed to counsel the council.

“We’ll talk about working well and working well together,” Fluker said. “I love helping people do things better. I will help harness and bring the pieces together. We’ll talk about team chemistry, communicating, hidden agendas and distractions.”

The council members welcomed the opportunity for improvement.

“This has been a passion of President Bowie for a while,” Jackson said. “It’ll be money well spent.”

Bowie wants Selma mayor Darrio Melton to participate in the council’s team-building exercise. He plans to meet with Melton Friday.

In another key item, Thomas addressed promoting the city’s code book to inform residents of the law.

“We’ve never had enforcement on people putting things out in the city,” Thomas said. “They don’t know the consequence. People need to be aware.”

Bowie and Bowline agreed with Thomas. Posting an advertisement in The Selma Times Journal, putting out door hangers and making a public service announcement were among the ideas used to discuss the city’s code book.

“You can have all the laws you want, but you need enforcement,” Nunn said.

New phone service was also discussed in the work session. Representatives from FirstNet pitched its phone service the city council.

The monthly cell phone service with AT&T is $4,912.89, and it would cost $4,340.95 at FirstNet. The annual cost at AT&T is $58,954.68, compared to $52,091.40 at FirstNet. AT&T costs $6,863.28 more for a year.

The council inquired about the quality of service and will discuss it in the future.

Council members not present were Ward 4 Councilwoman Angela Benjamin, Michael Johnson of Ward 8, Ward 5 Councilman Samuel L. Randolph.

The Selma City Council will have its regular meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday.