Sewer grant administrators named, employee calendar set

The Oneonta City Council named Insight Engineering as the project engineer for its utilities board sewer expansion and frequently-used contractor Community Consultants Inc. as grant administrator for the project. The expansion comes through grants from CDBG (Community Development Block Grants) and ADECA (Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs) and will serve predominately lowand moderate-income customers.

In other action, councilors approved the 2014 employee holiday schedule which corresponds to those approved for the state and county, as well. The 14 approved holidays remain the same other than updating for the 2014 calendar; only March and August have no paid holidays with January, November, and December having multiple days.

For the year, employees will have New Year’s Day ( Jan. 1); Martin Luther King-Robert E. Lee Holiday ( Jan. 20); Presidents Day (Feb. 17); Confederate Memorial Day (April 28); National Memorial Day (May 26); Jefferson Davis’s Birthday ( June 2); Independence Day ( July 4); Labor Day (Sept. 1); Columbus Day (Oct. 13); Veterans Day (Nov. 11); Thanksgiving (Nov. 27 and 28); and Christmas (Dec. 24 and 25).

The council approved Marcie Battles as a volunteer firefighter. Chief Arthur Willis indicated Battles serves as an assistant chief with the Cool Springs (Ashville area) department.

Following a request from a real estate agent, the council accepted a city attorney-prepared letter emphasizing the grandfathered status of property at 210 Third Street South. According to city manager Ed Lowe, the structure at the location does not meet the city’s setback requirement. The zoning ordinance grandfathered such property when originally passed.

All councilors (Mayor Ross Norris, Hal Blackwood, Mark Gargus, Tim McNair, Danny Robinson, and Tonya Rogers) attended the holiday-rescheduled Dec. 23 meeting. The council normally holds its regular sessions the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 5:30 p.m. in city hall.