The Oneonta City Council met April 27 for their regular work session and meeting. In previous meetings, council member Lee Alexander discussed the benefits of updating the city’s street lights to LED, which will not only be more energy efficient and save the city money, but also brighter. Alexander was happy to finally have the opportunity to make a motion to approve switching the “antiquated streetlights to LED” making Oneonta’s lighting more unified.
In regards to the ongoing Armory Drive repair project, the council received four bids; all four were over budget. They unanimously rejected all four bids while agreeing to advertise again after engineers revise the specifications.
Mayor Richard Phillips announced that the council will hold a public hearing Tuesday, May 11, at 5 p.m., for the purpose of reviewing ordinance number 0521-01 regulating the sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages. Phillips explained that discussions will center on outdated language that needs to be updated as well as the role of the alcohol review committee.
In other business, the council:
• approved resolution no. 0421-01 concerning police department surplus.
• approved hiring Caden Evans as full-time park and recreation maintenance employee.
• promoted Stephanie Preston to full-time municipal court clerk/magistrate position.
• approved advertising for two part-time, seasonal employees for the street department.
• hired seasonal, temporary park and recreation employees.
• approved Parks and Recreation Board’s request to reappoint Marla Smith.
• appointed Steven Love from alternate to permanent position on the Zoning Board of Adjustments.
• appointed Melinda Anderton and Aleyda Villegas as alternates to the Zoning Board of Adjustments.
• appointed Shannon Longshore and Jon Gehri to the Planning Commission.
• approved a capital request for the purchase of a new lawnmower for Parks and Recreation.
The Oneonta City Council meets at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. A 5:45 p.m. work session precedes each meeting.