For the third time in five months, the Oneonta City Council hired a part-time library circulation clerk. The council named Sylvia Guzman to the post she held until December 2011. City librarian Gail Sheldon says of the changes that one clerk retired, one left due to family issues, and one left to start her own business. Councilman Hal Buckelew indicated to The Blount Countian a problem often exists in retaining people in part-time positions.
Mayor Darryl Ray read a proclamation establishing April 22-28 “Parental Alienation Prevention Week” and April 25 “Parental Alienation Awareness Day.” The designations seek to bring attention to the problems of “innocent children caught in the crossfire of those they love.” At times, a divorced parent has sought to manipulate situations to alienate his/her child or children from the other parent. The proclamation addresses that issue and urges parents to abandon any such thought.
City manager Ed Lowe advised the council of a petition from Sand Valley residents opposing a proposed battered women’s clinic sought for that area. Emma Fowler spoke briefly on the matter, which will appear on the agenda for the next scheduled council meeting.
All council members (Buckelew, Ray and councilors Mark Gargus, Tim McNair, Ross Norris, and Danny Robinson) attended the April 24 meeting. The council holds its regular sessions the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 5:30 p.m. in city hall.