Oneonta pursues temporary site for Wallace State classes



Having received word of potential conflicts over the proposed use of the city’s National Guard Armory for temporary Wallace State classes, Oneonta city manager Ed Lowe revealed other possible options. Meeting in a 6 a.m. work session on Oct. 26, Lowe notified the council of the conflict and suggested three possible alternatives – the Corr/AT&T, Hyde Medical Supply, or former Gargus Pontiac buildings. Contacted Friday by The Blount Countian, Lowe indicated the Gargus location as the anticipated location.

Minutes of that reported nearly one-and-a-half hour work session reflect that expense, time, investment, and expansion were key topics in the discussion. Those minutes reveal discussion also included possible modular classrooms, bathrooms, and zoning implications.

As with another 6 a.m. work session on Oct. 20, the later one included discussion related to a request from the Crisis Center for zoning adjustments. Minutes for both reflect considerations for the city’s providing additional financial assistance to its municipal school system.

Beyond the above topics, the earlier work session included discussion of tax abatements for Hornsby Steel (see related regular council article) and Government Partnership Solutions. Officials also received notice of the eligibility of elected officials under the local government insurance program. Expanding on a topic from previous discussion, councilors examined the possibility of filling corporal positions within the city’s police department.

Minutes list Lowe, all councilors (Mayor Ross Norris, Hal Blackwood, Mark Gargus, Tim McNair, Danny Robinson, Tonya Rogers), city attorney Alex Smith, city clerk Tammie Noland, and fire chief Arthur Willis present at both sessions. In addition, Public safety director/administrator Brandon Horton is named in attendance at the Oct. 26 session.