Trash clean up

City of Oneonta

The Oneonta City Council closed out January handling routine matters at its last council meeting on Jan. 26. After prior approval of the 2021 FAA Airport project, last week the council approved a professional services contract with Goodwyn Mills Cawood to oversee the project through its completion.

Mayor Richard Phillips requested council input on trash clean-up provided by Blount County inmates. Several areas were discussed and Phillips urged the council to think of the areas with the most need for follow up discussions at the next meeting.

To stay in line with the holiday schedule set by the Blount County Commission, the council adopted a revised calendar. Since Jan. 1, 2022, falls on a Saturday, the commission recently amended their calendar to make Friday, Dec. 31, 2021, the New Year’s Day holiday. All city offices will be closed on New Year’s Eve.

With city manager Ed Lowe’s recent retirement, an empty seat was left on the Oneonta Planning Commission. Chief building inspector Andy Alexander was appointed to fill the vacant seat.

Before adjourning, council member Sherry Pierce presented the Oneonta Fire & Rescue Department’s end-of-year review. She reported that over the course of 2020, the fire department was awarded close to $950,000 in grants that allowed the department to purchase weather radios, turn-out gear, rescue equipment, and maintain their vehicles.

The Oneonta City Council holds a work session at 5:45 p.m. followed by the regular council meeting at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. Joining Mayor Phillips and Pierce were council members Judy Underwood, Donald Bradley, Lee Alexander, and Robbie McAlpine.