City of Waynesboro Presents Plaque in Honor of Darlene Skelton

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   The Waynesboro City Commission met in regular session on Monday, February 24th, 2020 at City Hall in Waynesboro. All commissioners were in attendance, including Mayor Jeff Howell, Vice Mayor Charlie Mosley, Commissioner Chris Bevis, Commissioner Jeff Davis, and Commissioner Tony Creasy. City Manager John Hickman, City Attorney Josh Polk, and City Recorder Paige Jackson were in attendance as well.

   Mayor Howell called the meeting to order, and Commissioner Davis offered the invocation.

   Commissioner Creasy made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting. Commissioner Bevis seconded the motion, and the minutes were approved.

   The only item of new business on the agenda was the USDA Community Facilities Grant Program Resolution. A public hearing was held before the commission meeting to answer any questions regarding the grant. If awarded, the grant funds will be used to purchase two new law enforcement vehicles for the city. Vice Mayor Mosley made a motion to approve the resolution to apply for the grant. Commissioner Davis seconded the motion, and the resolution was unanimously approved.

   The commission then presented a plaque to be placed in City Hall in honor of the late Darlene “Punk” Skelton, former City Recorder. The plaque, which features a picture of Darlene and lists her years of service to the city, will be displayed in City Hall in remembrance of Darlene.

   The commissioners, City Manager, City Attorney, and City Recorder all took a moment to share their memories of Darlene. City Manager Hickman said that he did not know of anyone else who had only held one job in their lifetime as Darlene had. She was employed by the City of Waynesboro for 43 years, beginning while she was still in high school. Everyone expressed how much Darlene is truly missed by her friends and co-workers.

   Under open items on the agenda, Vice Mayor Mosley said that he had received a quote of approximately $1,600 for netting at the batting cage at the Sportsplex. He said that Dixie Youth is willing to pay half of the cost.

   Vice Mayor Mosley then asked for an update on the LPRF grant, and City Manager Hickman said that he is waiting on approval of the stamped plans for the lighting project.

   Mosley said that the new netting has been ordered for the soccer goals that were damaged by mowing last year.

   Commissioner Creasy said that he appreciated the repair of the tile on Clifton Turnpike and the installation of the streetlight on Gallian Circle, both of which he brought up in the last meeting. City Manager Hickman said that there are also plans to get a new guardrail installed near the red light at the bypass where many people have wrecked. This was also an issue that was discussed at the last meeting. 

   Mayor Howell asked about the damaged guardrail on Hurricane Creek Road, and City Manager Hickman said that the new cable and poles have been installed.

   City Attorney Polk informed the commission that he will soon be initiating a lawsuit on behalf of the city for collection of funds paid by the city for police officer training. The officer named in the lawsuit left the City Police Department shortly after his training was paid for by the city. Attorney Polk said that the amount to be recovered is $930.08, including attorney fees and court costs.

   With no further business to come before the commission, Vice Mayor Mosley made a motion to adjourn. Commissioner Creasy seconded the motion, and the meeting was adjourned.