Responsibilities grow with the city

City of Oneonta

“As our city continues to grow, so do our responsibilities,” remarked Oneonta Public Works director Roland McCoy at last Tuesday’s Oneonta City Council meeting. He recommended Jesse Tidwell to fill the open position of full-time maintenance employee, a hire which is accounted for in the 2022 city budget.

With so many projects going on throughout the community, McCoy emphasized that this addition will help the public works department keep up with their increasing workload.

The Oneonta Public Library also requested to promote Jordan Duncan from part-time to full-time employee. This was also accounted for in the 2022 city budget.

Library director Ricky Statham stated, “We appreciate the mayor and council’s continued support of the library.” Like the public works department, the library has seen an increase in responsibilities due to Oneonta’s growth.

He stressed that more than ever, it’s important to recognize the work of our local government and the progress made over the past year. “It’s a privilege to serve the people of Oneonta and Blount County, and we cannot do it without such a wonderful municipality behind us,” he added.

In other business the council approved:

• resolution no. 1121-01 concerning city hall surplus property.

• appointing Dan Buckner to the Oneonta Utilities Board to complete the term of Mark Gargus.

• accepting the resignation of part-time investigator Matthew Sims on behalf of the Oneonta Public Works Department.

The Oneonta City Council meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. The 6 p.m. meeting follows a 5:45 p.m. work session.