Oneonta hires new public works director



The city of Oneonta filled its vacant public works directorship with the promotion of public works foreman Roland McCoy to the slot. With McCoy’s promotion and the resulting foreman vacancy, council members agreed to advertise that position in-house for a limited initial period.

At city manager Ed Lowe’s request the council declared a 1980 hazmat truck as surplus. That designation permits the city to advertise the vehicle for sale. The city regularly uses the national govdeals website for sale of its surplussed items.

Lowe also apprised the council of the city’s reapplication for designation as an ACE city. The city competed previously in the Alabama Communities of Excellence contest and received high marks but did not win the honor. Lowe believes with recent developments the city will stand a good chance of winning. That designation will afford the city recognition and contacts which should prove beneficial to future growth.

In a related matter, community development director Danny Kelly addressed the council on changes in his program following the illness of former director Clyde Woods. He also informed the body of opportunities available to it with Alabama Power’s Tree Grant Project and other programs.

Councilors Tonya Rogers and Danny Robinson missed the Feb. 10 meeting. Mayor Ross Norris and remaining councilors Hal Blackwood, Mark Gargus, and Tim McNair attended. The council meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 5:30 p.m. at city hall.