After confirmation from councilman Mark Gargus that the number of summer workers hired for the upcoming season remains the same as last year, the Oneonta City Council approved hiring 25 pool and 27 regular and six alternate ballpark and recreation center workers.
The pool workers, all of whom have certification as lifeguards, are: Ethan Boyd, Thomas Boyd, Chase Bryant, Shaw Cornelius, Walker Edmondson, Spencer Gargus, Alex Gilliland, Tim Gipson (assistant manager), Caleb Hullett (assistant manager), Jacob Lauderdale, Breandan Lumpkin, Manny Mendoza, Grace Moody, Katlyn Nation, Taylor Oden, Abbie Phillips, Scott Ratliff, Elise Roberson, Laura Short, Tyler Short, Peyton Shelton, Whitney Smith, Anne-Marie Wester, Audriannah Willis, and manager Jim Whitehead.
The regular park and recreation employees are: Jesse Bowling, Shelby Bryant, Colton Buse, Zachary Cardwell, Abigail Conrad, Mason Criswell, Destiney Elliott, Mitchell Ellis, Reece Holland, Amy Jones, Jackie Jones, Destin Mendoza, Annalee Posey, Nathan Rhudy, Matthew Roberts, Dimonique Sanders, McRae Smith, Tyler Smith, Randee Stephenson, Denice Terry, Elizabeth Terry, Alice Tillie (assistant manager), Natalie Tolbert, Jason Walden, Katherine Wester, Megan Young, and manager Marie Walden. The six park and recreation alternates are: Oscar Cervantes, Kelsey Cornelius, Samantha Jackson, Joey Simmons, Caitlin Smith, and Katrina Smith. Gargus explained that the department needs the number of employees because of rotating shifts, summer vacation, and other commitments employees may have.
In their only other council action, members approved reappointing Everett Tidwell to the planning commission board. City manager Ed Lowe reported city public works employees continue assisting Clay- Chalkville in debris removal and other activities resulting from the January storms which came through that area. Department head Rodney Wall explained they have been asked to continue through the first week of March. Lowe also noted that resurfacing of US 231 south from state highway 75 to the county line should begin soon.
In their comment period, councilors praised the city public works employees for their storm assistance and the performance and sportsmanship of the Oneonta High School basketball teams in their wins at regional play. Councilmen Hal Buckelew, Tim McNair, Ross Norris, and Mayor Darryl Ray joined Gargus for the February 28 session. Councilman Danny Robinson was absent.
The council meets regularly the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 5:30 p.m. in city hall. The council will hold a public hearing on a rezoning request at 5:15 p.m. prior to its next session on March 13.