The Shirley City Council held its regular meeting last week and the Clinton City Council held a special meeting Tuesday.

At the Clinton council meeting on Dec. 17:

The council voted unanimously to buy two pickups and a digital fingerprinting machine, according to City Hall.

The digital fingerprinting machine, which Police Chief Toney Parish asked for at the November council meeting, will cost $8,000. The vote to buy it was 5-0. Councilman Jason Lynch was not at the meeting.

The earlier vote, to buy the pickups, was 4-0. Councilwoman Nina Bonds had not yet arrived at the meeting when that vote was taken.

The city will now own a 2011 Chevrolet pickup for the Zoning Department. The cost for the truck is $11,000. A 2012 GMC pickup also will be purchased at a cost of $19,000 for the Water Department. Both vehicles were purchased from Joe Lee Chevrolet.

At the Shirley City Council meeting on Dec. 16:

Treasurer Melissa Worthing reported that no bids were received for removal of the old playground equipment. She said she had spoken with a man interested in removing the equipment and the council voted to let him do so.

Mayor Johnny Sowell said he would have the 2014-15 mowing contract ready to put out for bids at the January meeting.

The 2014 budget was tabled until the next meeting after it was determined that a few adjustments were going to need to be made.

Also at the meeting, Donald Delk introduced himself to the council and said he has opened a new business, called D’s Home & Cabin Decor. It is located next to First Service Bank.

The Shirley council’s next meeting will be 7 p.m. Jan. 13, 2014, at the Community Center.