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This cri­te­ria would in­clude all felony vi­o­lence of­fenses, ex­am­ples but not lim­ited to mur­der, man­slaugh­ter, ag­gra­vated as­sault, kid­nap­ping, robbery, ag­gra­vated bur­glary and so on.

“This would in­clude all felony of­fenses, other than vi­o­lence or sex within the past 10 years and those ex­am­ples would in­clude but are not lim­ited to drug of­fenses, theft, em­bez­zle­ment, fraud, child en­dan­ger­ment, etc.,” said Wil­liams.

“The last one would be con­sid­ered with any other mis­de­meanor within the past five years that would be con­sid­ered po­ten­tial dan­ger to chil­dren,” said Wil­liams. “Some of the ex­am­ples would be but not lim­ited to delin­quency of a mi­nor, pro­vid­ing al­co­hol to a mi­nor such as that.”

“Again it was a quick deal when we did this,” said Mayor Wilkie. “We had good in­ten­tions and the in­ten­tions are still good in pro­tect­ing our chil­dren but we had to have some kind of cri­te­ria then some­thing came up with a back­ground check that would dis­qual­ify that in­di­vid­ual from be­ing a coach on one of our fields. There is an ap­peals process in there if they feel they are not go­ing to be able to coach from a back­ground check that comes back.”

Wilkie said these guide­lines fall un­der the Na­tional Recre­ation Park As­so­ci­a­tion and the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Pro­fes­sional Back­ground Screen­ers.

Coun­cil Mem­ber Kay Davis mo­tioned to ac­cept the cri­te­ria for back­ground checks and the coun­cil ap­proved. In other busi­ness, the coun­cil: -Ap­proved min­utes from the Tues­day, March 14, meet­ing of the coun­cil.

- Ap­proved the AMIC ( Alabama Mu­nic­i­pal In­sur­ance Cor­po­ra­tion) re­newal. Mayor Wilkie said the city would re­ceive a 2 per­cent dis­count this year with a to­tal premium cost of $111,979. The re­newal cov­ers a three-year pe­riod.

-Ap­proved re-ap­point­ment of Gary Davis as Cen­tre’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the CED Men­tal health Board.

-Ap­proved re-ap­point­ment of Tom Owens to the city’s Al­co­hol Re­view Board for a three year pe­riod.

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