Oneonta hires and appoints personnel

Acting in a brief meeting attended by more than two score high school seniors, Oneonta city councilors officially hired Amy Myrick as library circulation clerk. The members also appointed city manager Ed Lowe to the Blount County- Oneonta Chamber of Commerce board of directors.

Mayor Darryl Ray, responding to a portion of Lowe’s regular report, set a public hearing on rezoning 1.44 acres of land on 2nd Ave. East from residential to business. The city’s planning commission has unanimously recommended the change. Any wishing to comment on the request may do so at the 5:15 p.m. hearing on Sept. 28.

Lowe reported continuing work on the new senior citizen center and announced it appears to remain on schedule for a mid-November completion. He said Montgomery ALDOT (state Department of Transportation) officials will open bids on the city’s downtown revitalization grant Sept. 24. He also announced cancellation of a preconstruction meeting on a $143,000 grant project at the city’s Robbins Field. Despite that meeting’s cancellation, work remains scheduled to begin soon.

Beautification board chair Marlene Stroud presented plaques to Mary Wallace (residential) and Lester Memorial United Methodist Church (commercial/non-residential) as the month’s landscape winners.

All councilors (Hal Buckelew, Mark Gargus, Tim McNair, Ross Norris, and Danny Robinson) joined Ray for the Sept. 14 meeting. The council holds its regular sessions the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 5:30 p.m. in city hall.