The Oneonta City Council held its regularly scheduled work session and council meeting Feb. 9. Mayor Richard Phillips announced that rates are better than expected for the bond issuance the city is undertaking to revitalize the park and recreation facilities. The debt service has decreased by $55,000 per year with an extra $100,000 being refunded from the 2018 bonds. Following Phillips’ report where he noted the historically low interest rate of 2.6 percent, the council approved a motion to move forward with the bond issuance.
The council also approved hiring Ashley Swain as the new secretary for the Oneonta Police Department, Jonathan Garner as a full-time police officer, and Andy Alexander as new building officer. It also approved the appointments of Patrick Fendley, Matthew Crow, Aimee Wilson, Randy Underwood, Lee Alexander, Barbara Andersen, and Nancy Malcom to the Oneonta Historical Preservation Committee.
In other business, the council passed a resolution on behalf of ALDOT for project number STPAA 0132(503) for surface treatment and striping on Ala 132 from Ala 75 to the Etowah County line. The council also set a public hearing for Feb. 23 to discuss the possible rezoning of property located at 282 Mountain Drive. It is currently zoned industrial. A request has been made to rezone it to residential. Phillips also reported that inmates have begun picking up trash from designated areas across the city.
The Oneonta City Council meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. A 5:45 p.m. work session is followed by the 6 p.m. business meeting.