Oneonta rezones property again, hires summer workers

Hal Buckelew expressed his concern over reversing zoning actions of a few years past, just before casting his vote for the reversal. Announcing his conflict, the Oneonta councilman reported he made his decision to vote for the change out of respect for planning commission members who voted overwhelmingly for it. He added he appreciates the time residents serve on city boards and wished to convey that appreciation with his vote.

No one spoke for or against the proposed rezoning at the public hearing, which immediately preceded the regular council session. The decision changes property at 215 3rd St. North back to R-3 from M-1.

Councilmen approved hiring 23 summer employees for work at the city ballpark concession stands. They hired Marie Walden as manager and youths Jesse Amason, Zac Buse, Josh Butler, Olivia Crow, David Dobson, Travis Hodges, Brittney Keith, Brooklyn King, Mary Beth Lowry, Veronica Mitchell, Chase Moore, Adam NeSmith, Alayna Phillips, Keri Phillips, Jessica Polk, Julian Reid, Chelsea Shepherd, Trent Sweatt, Shelby Taylor, Mary Claire Tidwell, Dylan West, and Sharon Whaley as regular workers. As in past years, councilor Mark Gargus explained the department needs a large number of workers to supply several concession stands and to cover vacations and other interruptions the workers often have.

During the regular councilor report time, Gargus successfully sought approval to use $620 to obtain a cable for the swimteam touch pads. He explained that funds for the purchase would come from special sources the pool has raised. Because of auditing requirements, those special funds cannot be spent without approval from the council.

Mayor Darryl Ray announced a public hearing at 5:15 p.m. before the council’s April 14 regular session. That hearing will consider a request to vacate a designated street off Springville Blvd. near Old Mill Road.

Councilers Tim McNair, Ross Norris, and Danny Robinson attended the Feb. 24 meeting as did Buckelew, Gargus, and the mayor. City manager Ed Lowe, attending a Las Vegas conference, missed the session. The council holds its regular meetings the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the town hall.