Oneonta vacates designated street and alley

Meeting in its regular session, the Oneonta City Council voted to vacate a designated street and alley in the block between Second (Ala. 75) and Third avenues west. The block contains the Oneonta Church of Christ, two businesses, two warehouses, and a couple of residents.

Property owners Mark and Jill Sims requested the vacation. The council held a public hearing on the request 15 minutes prior to its Aug. 9 session. Attorney Bob Austin, representing the Simses, presented the request, and addressed some councilor questions. City attorney Alex Smith also responded to queries. No others spoke on the request. The vacation erases those designated thruways found on the original town plat but never opened or used.

In regular matters, the council approved a proclamation designating the week as National Healthcare Center week, approved recently retired firefighter Royce Cloud as a part-time fighter, authorized Tim Gipson, Stephen Landis, and Zachary Page as volunteer firefighters, and reendorsed a mutual aid agreement between the Oneonta Fire Department and the Blount County Commission.

Chair Marlene Stroud announced the monthly beautification award winners: the John Penningtons (residential) and D’s Hair Styling (commercial). City librarian Gail Sheldon presented September plans for the 150th year commemoration of the beginning of the United States Civil War.

All council members (Mayor Darryl Ray and councilmen Hal Buckelew, Mark Gargus, Tim McNair, Ross Norris, and Danny Robinson) attended the Aug. 9 meeting. The council holds its regular sessions the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 5:30 p.m. in city hall.