Oneonta grant-projects total more than $850,000

The Oneonta City Council approved actions on two grants adding over $850,000 in stimulus to the area. The larger ($450,000) of the two will permit the city’s utilities board to make a further improvement/ expansion. The slightly smaller second (a bit over $425,000) continues work at the municipal airport.

Funding for the larger partially matched sewer grant comes through the utilities board. The city, however, accepts responsibility for the oversight and assuring the match, even though it will not pay that portion from any of its accounts. The council’s second action approved Mayor Ross Norris as the signatory for the airport work.

In other action the council reappointed Marlene Stroud to the city’s beautification board. Stroud and fellow board member Kathy Young later presented their board’s monthly beautification awards. Judy Watkins received the residential recognition and CVS the commercial.

City manager Ed Lowe successfully sought council approval of a deed clarification. The council had stipulated in conveying property to the 911 board for its new facility that should the board ever cease to use that land, the property would revert to the city. Because the board plans to use the value of the property as part of its guaranty, the mortgage company required that it have precedence over the city.

All actions won unanimous approval of the council except the sewer authorization. Councilman Tim McNair, an Alabama Power employee, continued his usual practice of abstaining from motions involving utilities.

Before adjourning, the council recessed into executive session with its attorney to discuss “good name and character.” Norris assured those present that the council would take no action other than adjournment once it returned from the session.

Councilors Hal Blackwood, Mark Gargus, Danny Robinson, and Tonya Rogers joined Norris and McNair for the Aug. 13 meeting. The council holds its regular meetings the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 5:30 p.m. in city hall.