City administrator Ed Lowe announced the prior approval of the Greystone Gardens subdivision at the Oneonta City Council’s latest regular session. Lowe speculated that the new subdivision represents the first in more than four years. He envisioned that a good sign for the area and its economy. In discussion with The Blount Countian after the meeting, he offered that he understood the homes would be in the $150,000 to $200,000 range.
In another positive economic sign, the council rezoned residential land to permit the expansion of Classic Collision. The land had had split zoning R3 (residential) and B2 (light business). The change will eliminate the split on the property, which is adjacent to 1209 2nd Avenue East. The council had held a public hearing 15 minutes prior to its regular meeting for comments on the proposed rezoning, but no one spoke.
Councilors agreed to advertise for a new police department secretary-clerk after approving the resignation-retirement of Dujuana Blackwood. Blackwood notified the council by letter of her intent to end her regular employment on May 30 and use her remaining leave into July.
Members also approved the hiring of a new part-time police officer. The new employee, Charles Moody, lives in Blountsville and has worked with the Altoona and Snead departments in the past.
Public works director Rodney Wall spoke briefly, asking that residents give his department time to get debris and rubbish removed from the city. He noted that the recent heavy rainfall had clogged storm drains and would require a little time to clear. He asked that residents not place debris in ditches where rains might wash it into drains.
All council members (Mayor Ross Norris, Hal Blackwood, Mark Gargus, Tim McNair, Danny Robinson, and Tonya Rogers) attended the April 8 session. The council holds its regular meetings the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 5:30 p.m. in city hall.