Oneonta council recognizes city officers

The Oneonta City Council presented plaques to two of its officers in its latest meeting last week. The council honored resigning library director Gail Sheldon and fellow council member Tonya Rogers. Sheldon is working a four-week notice prior to leaving for employment in Maryland. Rogers recently completed 12 years as director of the Birmingham Veterans’ Day parade, which she served this year as grand marshal. As a National Guard member, she has also served her country in Afghanistan and other locations.

Sheldon, speaking of her tenure, said, “I have loved every single minute of this ride and it has been a grand ride.” She explained the decision to leave is one of the hardest of her life but that she could not allow her new employment opportunity to pass.

In her remarks, Harvey referred to the Birmingham parade as the nation’s oldest and largest. She said each year she has anticipated ending her service but, as usual, she has agreed to serve on next year’s committee.

Abbreviated business included authorizing the purchase of a Chevrolet Tahoe for $30,404 to replace a previously totaled police vehicle and a reappointment to the city housing authority. Shelia Gilliland will continue another five-year term on the authority.

The council thanked assistant fire Chief Brandon Horton for the over-road street signs he obtained through a grant. Councilman Mark Gargus congratulated the Oneonta High School squad for its recognition as state cheerleader champion in recent competition at Wallace State Community College.

Councilman Danny Robinson missed the Nov. 26 session. Mayor Ross Norris and councilors Hal Blackwood and Tim McNair joined Rogers and Gargus. The council holds its regular meetings the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 5:30 p.m. in city hall.