Oneonta council handles zoning action, board appointment, and hears budget request

While discussion with Alabama Alcohol Beverage Control Board (ABC) officials consumed much of the latest Oneonta City Council meeting (see related article), councilors did deal with zoning, employee, and other matters. Council members approved rezoning portions of the land between Third and Fourth avenues East and Fifth and Sixth streets North.

The rezoning will end the dual zoning that had existed at the site. The entire plot will now be zoned for business (B3); that changes the portion which had been R3 residential. The council had held a public hearing on the rezoning request, beginning 15 minutes prior to its regular council session.

In another zoning matter, councilors named Barbara Andersen to the alternate Zoning Board of Adjustments position previously held by Justin Peavy. That term ends in November.

Council members accepted the resignation of library employee Peggy Wester. Wester listed Oct. 31 as her final work day. The council agreed to advertise the position for filling.

Jim Crego of the Jefferson, Blount, St. Clair Mental Health Authority addressed the council seeking inclusion in the city’s 2015 fiscal budget. The authority has appeared in the budget for some time. Crego asked for an increase of $300 from the 2014 budget to $4,800. Councilors also agreed to contract with William Blythe for election custodial services for a possible Oct. 7 school board run-off election. Blythe would receive $3,000 to $4,000 depending on the number of machines required for the election. [Results after the council session revealed a run-off would be necessary in the Place 4 position.]

City beautification board chair Marlene Stroud recognized the monthly award winners. Jeff and Deanna Jones took the residential award and Weathers Ace Hardware the commercial. Accepting for Weathers, manager Daniel Clem noted that the store still has work to go on further expansion and improvements.

City manager Ed Lowe advised attendees that the state is replacing traffic lights in the city and that Alabama Power will be replacing a high wire along 3rd Street North. That work will require closing some streets, but efforts will be made to ensure as little disruption as possible.

Councilors Danny Robinson and Tonya Rogers missed the Aug. 26 meeting. All other council members (Mayor Ross Norris and councilors Hal Blackwood, Mark Gargus, and Tim McNair) attended. The council holds its regular meetings the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 5:30 p.m. in city hall.