Oneonta tables license decision

Based on a city population now exceeding 6000, Oneonta has by law extended its police jurisdiction from the previous 1.5 miles beyond city limits to 3 miles beyond.

The city must decide by January whether it will require businesses in the extended area to buy licenses. If so, the businesses would pay half the levy paid by in-town businesses, the same half paid by those within the 1.5 miles.

City manager Ed Lowe presented the question to the council Oct. 11, explaining that should the licenses be required, the city by law would have to match the tax collected with services provided.

Following Lowe’s information, Mayor Darryl Ray received a requested motion, and the council approved tabling the matter, likely to be discussed at its next early-morning work session.

Former Oneonta Business Association president Wayne Shaddix introduced new president Sherry Pierce. She reviewed for the council scheduled upcoming events.

Lowe, in his regular report, explained that 100 feet of the new downtown sidewalk will be removed. That portion exceeded the 2 percent grade required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

All councilors (Hal Buckelew, Mark Gargus, Tim McNair, Ross Norris, and Danny Robinson) attended and, along with Ray, expressed appreciation to Shaddix and Pierce for their service to the city.

The council meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 5:30 p.m. in city hall.