Oneonta council retains most appointees, names a few new board members

Acting on mostly routine matters, the Oneonta City Council reappointed previous members to most of its regular jobs and positions. Members voted unanimously to retain Tammie Noland (city clerk), James Chapman (police chief), David Osborne (fire chief), David Elliott (park and recreation director), Rodney Wall (public works director), Alex Smith (city attorney), Libby Nash (municipal judge), and Mark Sapp (municipal prosecutor).

In some cases, councilmen had to replace a few board members due to changes on the city council. They named cohorts Mark Gargus (utilities), Ross Norris (agri-business), and Tim Mc- Nair (planning) to council positions on boards or commissions. They placed Jimmy Stewart on the zoning board of adjustments and named Daniel Warden and Justin Peavy as alternates to that body. They also voted to continue contracting with Self, Maples, and Copeland as the city auditing firm.

In other action, members approved a resolution inviting all former residents to return to a city homecoming held in conjunction with the 2010 Covered Bridge Festival. That places the city in line with the state’s tourist emphasis for that year. The city will also dedicate a depot monument at that time.

City manager Ed Lowe reported plans for the final airport runway striping to begin on Nov. 17. He also advised the council of work on the downtown revitalization project and scheduled work on the sidewalks to school extension.

Mayor Darryl Ray and the council took the opportunity of their first regular meeting to express their optimism for future successes. The council had moved the meeting to Monday, rather than their usual Tuesday meeting night. All members attended the Nov. 10 session. The council will meet again on November 25 at 5:30 p.m. for its second regular meeting of the month