Oneonta hires police officers, maintenance employee

The Oneonta City Council hired three new employees among other actions taken at its meeting on May 25. Kenneth Evans and Nathan Trimble were both unanimously approved for employment as part-time police officers. Both men are Alabama Peace Officer Standards and Training (APOST) certified. Kevin William Mc- Han was approved as a full-time maintenance employee in the public works department.

In other actions, the council:

•reappointed Tom Buchanan to a six-year term to the Oneonta Utility Board.

•approved a proclamation designating June 9 as Transverse Myelitis Awareness Day; transverse myelitis is a neurological condition involving inflammation of the spinal cord and causing weakness and numbness of the limbs, as well as other sensory and motor deficits.

•approved two resolutions for Mayor Ross Norris to sign two deeds formally conveying two parcels of property originally titled to the City of Oneonta to the Oneonta Utilities Board. The two parcels have been used by the Utilities Board for a number of years as sites for a maintenance building (1.8 acres) and a water tank (.25 acres), respectively.

City manager Ed Lowe reported that Wednesday trash pickup provided under city ordinance 24-31 is intended for residential pickup only. It is not intended to cover commercial pickup for businesses nor home improvement CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE projects. Residential rental property is considered commercial, he said. The monthly pickup is intended to cover brush removal for homeowners and should not include any other kind of refuse, since the landfill used to receive the material removed does not take trash other than brush. Commercial businesses should deal directly with BFI for trash removal, he said. He said billing for commercial trash removal is not handled by the city.

Lt. Scott Payne of the Oneonta Fire Department reported to the council on new turnout gear received by the department and displayed by fireman Jonathan Ledbetter. Payne said the department has received 25 sets of the new gear at a cost of $49,000 and thanked the council for authorizing the expense. He said the material of the coat and pants has a higher thermal rating than previous gear, providing more protection to the wearer. Describing a number of features of the gear, he said technically it would withstand temperatures of up to 1800 degrees for 20 seconds.

All members of the council were present for the meeting: council members Danny Robinson, Tonya Rogers, Mark Gargus, Hal Blackwood, Tim McNair, and Mayor Ross Norris. The council holds its regular meetings the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 5:30 p.m. at city hall.