Oneonta hires grant firms and employees

Oneonta City Councilmen approved two firms for its $500,000 sewer extension grant. While its utilities board will actually fund the matching portion of the grant, the city must assume responsibility for its oversight. City manager Ed Lowe reported Community Consultants Inc. as the only applicant to administer the grant and Insight Engineering the top contender for the actual work. The extension will serve predominately low- and moderate-income customers in the city’s southside community.

Members hired Stephanie Preston as the city’s new assistant court clerk and former Blountsville police chief Mike Harris as a part-time police officer. Oneonta Beautification Board member Kathy Young reported the resignation of one board member. She asked if the council wished the board to recommend a replacement. Mayor Darryl Ray told Young the council would welcome the board’s input on filling the vacancy.

Lowe reported progress on two grant construction projects. He explained work on the sidewalk extension to the city schools had begun and work was continuing on the downtown cityscape project. He thanked Javier Gonzalez of Oneonta Ironworks for donating ornamental posts for downtown stop signs.

All members attended the Dec. 9 session. The council holds its regular meetings the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 5:30 p.m. at city hall.