Oneonta handles regular business in short order

The Oneonta City Council handled its business items relatively quickly before hearing from other contributors and adjourning into executive session. In the first business matter, councilors approved an alley vacation in the McCay addition, reportedly between McCay and Park avenues.

Members agreed to advertise for a full-time public works employee and scheduled a public hearing on applying the state legislated 772 agreement to Zaxby’s for tax abatement. If approved, the abatement would provide Zaxby’s up to a $150,000 rebate on portions of its non-educational city sales tax.

In between those two items, Mayor Ross Norris recognized employees Joan Epps and Tracie Roybal for completing their certifications in government accounting programs.

Beautification board chair Marlene Stroud introduced her board’s monthly award winners as The Olive Home (commercial) and Chuck and Shannon Longshore (residential).

Chamber of commerce executive director Aimee Wilson and Oneonta Business Association president Daniel Clem provided their usual reports. Wilson updated councilors on the upcoming Covered Bridge Arts and Music Festival and its evening-ending Nightmare on Swamp Street. She noted the chamber will host another of its downtown dinners on Monday, Oct. 23, to begin the Covered Bridge week’s activities. Clem advised again of the association’s planned Monsters on Main for Oct. 30, Light Up the Town (Christmas buildings lighting) Nov. 12, Christmas Open House (for businesses), and the regular Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 1.

City manager-economic developer Ed Lowe announced again Governor Kay Ivey’s visit for the Wallace State-Oneonta official groundbreaking ceremony on Oct. 19.

Oneonta City Board of Education president Patrick Adams introduced Daniel Smith the board’s newly selected superintendent. Smith expressed his excitement over his upcoming assumption of the post and his eagerness to work with the council.

Upon motion and second by councilors Hal Blackwood and Nathaniel Butler and unanimous vote, members recessed into executive session to discuss a personnel matter. Norris promised the council would take no action other than adjournment after ending its executive session.

All members (Norris and councilors Blackwood, Butler, Richard Phillips, Danny Robinson, and Tonya Rogers) attended the Oct. 10 meeting. Council members hold their regular sessions the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 5:30 p.m. in city hall. They will have the above mentioned public hearing at 5:15 p.m., prior to their next regular session on Oct. 24 to consider the Zaxby’s request.