City of Oneonta

Seeks services, equipment, awaits completion of projects

In its latest session, the Oneonta City Council voted to advertise for seven new pieces of equipment, three pool liners, and 7.4 miles of street paving. The equipment consists of two trucks, three tractors, and two lawnmowers.

The one side-arm and two bush-hog tractors are for five-year leases rather than purchases. Councilman Ross Norris proposed the lease option will permit greater flexibility and lower maintenance costs. Beside the tractors, the public works department, which Norris coordinates for the city, plans to purchase a new brush truck and two other half-ton pickups. Norris explained the department will keep the old brush truck for use in extremely high-use occasions, until that truck can no longer operate.

Councilman Mark Gargus recommended advertising for the tractors, a zero-turn and regular, for the park and recreation department. He also made the motion on the pool liners, noting at least one of the pools has lost hundreds of gallons of water daily. Other councilors later emphasized the liners are for economic not cosmetic purposes.

Mayor Darryl Ray explained the city’s intention to repave city streets on an extended schedule. The plan calls for 7.4 miles in 2009. Ray anticipates that work will begin in April.

The advertising occurs as the city sees work continue on its downtown revitalization and sidewalk extension projects. Related to those, the council agreed to redirect funds from its planned revitalization to pave portions of 1st Ave. In addition to those grant projects, the council prepared to seek still other grants by employing engineering firm Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood for its park master plan. Ray and Gargus said the city hopes to see soccer fields, a walking trail, and a new senior citizen building added to its current park complex.

In other action, the council declared February “Black History Month,” appointed Barclay Neill to its planning commission board, and agreed to place a stop sign at the western intersection of Washington and Adams avenues.

Councilmen Hal Buckelew, Tim McNair, and Danny Robinson joined Norris, Gargus, and Ray for the Jan. 27 meeting. The council holds its regular sessions the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 5:30 p.m. in city hall.