Oneonta vacates alley in extremely short session

In its only real action of the evening, the Oneonta City Council vacated an alley near the Terry Sligh automotive dealership. No one spoke at the pre-council public hearing on the vacation. Mayor Ross Norris, who also works for the city utilities board, explained to The Blount Countian that he had been unaware the alley was so designated. He described it as behind the old All Pro Landscaping property on Second Avenue East.

With the final scheduled meeting of the year set for Christmas Eve, councilors decided to move that session to Monday, Dec. 23, at their usual time of 5:30 p.m. In the midst of other announcements, police chief James Chapman reported the sudden death of his department’s canine. He asked remembrance for the officer and his family who had become very attached to the dog.

Councilor Tonya Rogers noted her appreciation to the Allgood, Straight Mountain, and Remlap fire departments who assisted the Oneonta unit in a recent vacant house fire on Fifth Avenue East.

Councilors also congratulated the Oneonta High School football team on their state 4A championship. Councilor Danny Robinson missed the Dec. 10 session but all other members (Norris, Rogers, Hal Blackwood, Mark Gargus, and Tim McNair) attended.