Oneonta adds Tom Ryan to its street department



Completing the city street department staff, the Oneonta council has hired Tom Ryan, outgoing county commissioner, and Kevin Nicodemus.

Councilman Ross Norris, who coordinates public works for the council, commended the two, chosen from among more than a score of applicants, as excellent choices. Norris noted Ryan can operate almost all types of equipment. The council approved Nicodemus unanimously; Mark Gargus, Ryan’s brother-inlaw, abstained in that vote.

Prior to council actions, councilor Danny Robinson introduced Tonya Harvey Rogers and his dad, Joe Robinson, to speak briefly recognizing veterans. The 95-year-old Robinson served in the Pacific during World War II, and Rogers recently returned from National Guard duty in Afghanistan. The two received a standing ovation from the council and observers after their remarks.

The council accepted a nearly $185,000-grant of FAA funds through the state for airport improvements. City manager Ed Lowe told The Blount
Countian
that the city will use the funds, along with the city’s $4850 matching contribution, for updating the airport plan and clearing additional property adjacent to the airfield.

Lowe also reported continued progress on the senior citizen center. He said that, after examining the furnishings at the present center, he believes little is worth moving to the new quarters. He has tentatively set open house at the facility for Nov 28.

Substituting for beautification board chair Marlene Stroud, Lowe presented monthly beautification awards to the Matthew Cornelius family (residential) and The Gate House Antiques (commercial).

Mayor Darryl Ray and councilors Hal Buckelew and Tim McNair joined Norris, Gargus, and Robinson for the Nov. 9 session. The council holds its regular meetings the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 5:30 p.m. in city hall.