Oneonta appoints and proclaims

The Oneonta City Council, in its latest actions, replaced city manager Ed Lowe on the Blount County- Oneonta Agri-Business board with local businessman Robbie McAlpine. Members also reappointed Ed Parrish to his slot on the board. Prior to the new appointment, Mayor Ross Norris explained McAlpine had expressed interest in serving on the board.

City attorney Alex Smith read a proposed resolution honoring pro bono legal services in the Blount 41st Judicial Circuit. The resolution ties the local recognition to a state-wide commemoration for the week of Oct. 20.

Councilors also honored physical therapists designating the month of October for their recognition. Golden Living therapist Allen Jones attended and accepted a resolution plaque following the meeting.

With the departure of officer Nathan Gardner, councilman Tim McNair won approval to advertise to fill that vacant spot in the police department.

In his report, Lowe updated councilors on work at the airport and groundbreaking for the new 911 center. He explained logging at the airport had made a “big difference” and the contract specifies completion of that work within 90 days.

Police Chief James Chapman reported his department’s recent Citizen Firearm Class a success. Twenty-two of 24 registrants attended the firearm safety and firing range event. Others have expressed interest in the anticipated second session planned for early next year.

Councilors Hal Blackwood, Mark Gargus, Danny Robinson, and Tonya Rogers joined Norris and McNair for the Oct. 8 meting. The council holds its regular sessions the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 5:30 p.m. in city hall.