Oneonta approves contracts for seniors and tax collections

In its latest meeting, the Oneonta City Council agreed to continue its contract with M4A (Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging) for the upcoming fiscal year. Prior to the vote, city manager Ed Lowe explained that M4A provides meals for the city’s senior center and funds toward employee and delivery costs, with the city and county covering expenses beyond the agency contribution.

Lowe also informed the council that Revenue Discovery Systems, which collects city sales and use taxes, has announced an increase in its service charge. He indicated the increase is minor at eight cents per customer effective with the new fiscal year.

The council approved the new fee, which Lowe explained to The Blount Countian applies to an estimated 2800 customers. While expressing some hesitancy on the exact number of business customers, Lowe did explain the figure includes many who pay taxes but have no physical presence in the city.

In his regular report, Lowe announced the city’s downtown project will have its final inspection this week. He said some matters are still to be addressed, citing a mid-block crosswalk as one. The city may cover costs of some of the matters if necessary.

He also reported engineers have given approval for the Federal Aviation Administration-funded GPS (global positioning satellite) installation at the city’s airport.

Updating the council and public, Lowe advised he is working on the next proposed budget; he urged groups who receive assistance from the city to prepare their requests for review.

Rodney Wall, public works supervisor, announced the city’s brush trucks, which had been out for repair, are back in service. Library director Gail Sheldon declared the summer reading program completed and labeled it “a great year.”

Mayor Darryl Ray missed the meeting; mayor pro tem Hal Buckelew presided in Ray’s absence. Other council members, Mark Gargus, Tim McNair, Ross Norris, and Danny Robinson, joined Buckelew for the July 26 session. The council holds its regular meetings the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 5:30 p.m. at city hall.