Oneonta seeks nearly $500k airport grant

In its latest meeting, the Oneonta City Council authorized city manager Ed Lowe to apply for a $489,000 matching grant for additional work at the city’s airport. Oneonta’s matching share for the grant would be 2.5 percent of the total and could include in-kind work toward that figure. In conversation with The Blount Countian later, Lowe indicated that during the past 12 years, the city has received more than $5 million in airport grants alone.

Councilors approved a resolution declaring November “Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.” Mayor Ross Norris spoke of the efforts of The Olive Home in Oneonta to provide a facility for those suffering from the illness.

The city beautification board honored The Covered Bridge Players and Michael and Shelia Hamby with its monthly recognitions. The players have converted a portion of a former commercial building into an intimate theater for advancing the arts in the city. Library director Gail Sheldon accepted the players’ plaque. Arriving later, Mindy Egan, one of the founders of the acting ensemble, spoke of her and fellow founder Carron Clem’s pleasure at helping bring the players to reality for the community. The Hambys of Owens Street received the residential award.

Webelos Pack 53 led the council and other attendees in the flag salute and pledge to begin the meeting. Leader Lamar Wright thanked the council for that opportunity, and Norris issued a standing invitation for any future visits.

During the time for individual councilors to speak, Tonya Rogers moved the city spend more than $4,100 from the fire department uniform allotment to purchase new dress uniforms. Her motion passed unanimously.

Councilors Hal Blackwood, Mark Gargus, Tim McNair, and Danny Robinson joined Norris and Rogers for the Oct. 22 session. The council holds its regular sessions the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 5:30 p.m. in city hall.