Upon the request of councilman Nathaniel Butler, the Oneonta City Council hired 22 part-time seasonal concession workers. Butler read the list comprised of: Misty Campos and Caitlin Smith (assistant managers), Jamie Marie Walden (manager), Jamaika Adkins, Charles Sebastian Battles, Michael Shane Brooks, Dakarai O’Neal Butler, Asia Chantel Byers, Morgan Chambers, Trinity F. Doss, Aileen Gonzalez, Myranda Nikole Johnson, Makayla Keener, Alyssa Payton Marsh, Anna Liz Miller, Joe Richard Payne III, Melanie Ruiz, Talmadge Skillman, Lillian Sweatt, Brody Williams, Kaleb Wilson, and Matthew Wilson.
In other action, members approved the city’s 2019 holiday schedule which follows that of the county. They approved a list of surplus items from the police department which will be available for sale. That list may be found at city hall or online. Proceeds from the sale will go back into the police department account.
City manager/economic developer Ed Lowe reported a final walk-through at Robbins Field on a completed $500,000 grant project. He advised that work continues on the downtown Wallace State administration building and that the unsightly green transformer located in front of doors to the building will be relocated.
Offering information later, Lowe told the council that businessman Robbie McAlpine has asked the city to allow him a few inches of land which lies between property he recently purchased and a city owned building. McAlpine reportedly wishes to build a two- or three-story building on the lot and use the city building’s wall in common for his project.
Councilors voted to move the month’s normally scheduled last meeting from Christmas night to Dec. 27 at their usual 5:30 p.m. time. Councilor Tonya Rogers missed the Dec. 11 meeting, attended by all other council members (Mayor Ross Norris and councilmen Hal Blackwood, Richard Phillips, Danny Robinson, and Butler).