Oneonta looks at personnel and services

Meeting briefly in the holiday week, the Oneonta City Council handled several personnel matters. Councilmen authorized one volunteer and hired two part-time firefighters. Speaking as the coordinator for the department, Hal Buckelew recommended the acceptance of Marion Dobbs and employment of Jonathan Garner and William Mark Pearson.

Mayor Darryl Ray announced the upcoming recommendation for the assistant clerk position. Ray said the city had received numerous impressive applications for the position, vacated in the early summer.

City manager Ed Lowe reported the effort to contract for janitorial services had fallen through. He said the city had received only one inquiry and no further information from that firm for the estimated 24-32 hour weekly position.

He also noted contractors had begun work on and placed preliminary signage for the two grant awards for the downtown cityscape and Ala 75 south sidewalk extension. Police chief James Chapman reminded that speed limits along the sidewalk extension area have been reduced 10 miles per hour.

Marlene Stroud announced winners of the monthly beautification awards. She presented plaques to Ann Hilburn of the Palomino Restaurant for the commercial award and Garvin and Wilda Green for the residential recognition.