County delivers $100,000 check to Oneonta



Blount County Probate Judge and Commission Chairman David Standridge presents a simulated $100,000-check to Oneonta Mayor Darryl Ray at the city’s regular June 8 meeting. Pictured with the two are (front from left) Ralph Mitchell, Ed Lowe, Ray, Standridge, Tom Ryan, and Danny Robinson; (back) Tim McNair, Ross Norris, Mark Gargus, and Hal Buckelew.

Blount County Probate Judge and Commission Chairman David Standridge presents a simulated $100,000-check to Oneonta Mayor Darryl Ray at the city’s regular June 8 meeting. Pictured with the two are (front from left) Ralph Mitchell, Ed Lowe, Ray, Standridge, Tom Ryan, and Danny Robinson; (back) Tim McNair, Ross Norris, Mark Gargus, and Hal Buckelew.


Blount County Judge of Probate David Standridge, Commissioner Tom Ryan, and county administrator Ralph Mitchell presented a $100,000-check facsimile to the Oneonta City Council as a contribution to construction of the city’s senior citizens center. In addressing the council, Standridge noted the county recognizes the contribution of the area’s seniors and wishes to meet some of its obligations to these through the donation.

Mayor Darryl Ray and the councilmen expressed their appreciation to the commission with their own comments. Construction of the half-million-dollar center should begin within a month with completion anticipated in October.

In regular council action, members voted to add assistant building inspector to Kyle Mayo’s present job description. Mayo will train and fill in at the inspector’s office until the position becomes full time. Councilors also voted to advertise in-house for a fulltime circulation librarian. The present part-time position will become fulltime and replace that part-time position.

City manager Ed Lowe announced receipt of three bids for installation of a precision approach path indicator at the airport. The bids will be forwarded to the FAA to determine approval for the three before the council selects the winner.

Lowe also announced resurfacing of state highway Ala 132 from Ala 75 to the Etowah County line. The city passed a resolution, required by the state, promising it will maintain side roads and the highway shoulder.

All councilors attended the June 8 meeting. The council holds its regular sessions the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 5:30 p.m. in city hall.