Personnel matters dominate agenda

Oneonta City Council

At its Feb. 27 meeting, the Oneonta City Council approved a resolution proclaiming Feb. 27 as Arbor Day in Oneonta. The resolution urges citizens to appreciate and support efforts to protect the area’s trees and woodlands because of the many practical and esthetic benefits they confer.

The council then dealt with a number of personnel matters, beginning with the reappointment of Marlene Stroud as chairman of the beautification board. Everett Tidwell was reappointed to the planning commission.

Stroud thanked the council briefly for the reappointment, and used the occasion to appeal for volunteers to fill vacant positions on the beautification board. Volunteers for the jobs should go by or call city hall to apply, or contact her directly, she said.

The council handled three situations requiring the city to advertise for seasonal and part-time employees, approving them all, including the upcoming need for two part-time seasonal library employees, temporary city pool and temporary concession employees. The council also approved accepting the resignation of police officer Vernarr Hughes.

The council approved purchase of a police vehicle to replace a car destroyed while in service. Councilman Richard Phillips moved that the city purchase a late model Ford EcoBoost Explorer. Cost of the vehicle was given as $30,588. The council approved the purchase.

City manager Ed Lowe recommended to the council that in addition to the above jobs, the city consider filling the authorized position of inspection clerk, in connection with the upcoming increase in construction activity associated with the Wallace State and other projects. In its final item of official business, the council approved the recommendation. Lowe also reported that the city has received the first state reimbursement check related to the construction of the Wallace State academic building.

All council members (Blackwood, Butler, Phillips, Robinson, and Rogers) were present at the meeting, along with Mayor Ross Norris and Lowe. The council holds its regular meeting on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the city hall chambers. The next council meeting is March13.