The Waynesboro City Commission met in regular session on Monday, March 9th, 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 Creasy offered the invocation.
Vice Mayor Mosley made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting. Commissioner Davis seconded the motion, and the minutes were approved.
City Manager Hickman then said that the entertainment lineup had been finalized for the city’s Independence Day Celebration, which will be held on Friday, July 3rd, 2020. Opening the show will be local singer, songwriter, and musician Billy Lawson. Lawson has been a staple of the Muscle Shoals, Alabama music scene for many years, and has written hit country songs for several well-known artists. The headlining act for the show will be country group Parmalee, best known for their hit song, “Feels Like Carolina.”
Hickman then distributed monthly cash collateral statements and investment reports to the commissioners for their review.
With no items of new business on the agenda, open items were next. Commissioner Davis asked how the golf course is looking, and City Manager Hickman said that it was mowed for the first time of the season last week. Commissioner Creasy said that he had driven by there earlier, and the course is looking really good.
Commissioner Creasy said that there are still some yards in the city limits, including some on Highway 99, that are in bad shape and very unsightly. He said that cleanup letters should be sent out as soon as possible.
Mayor Howell informed the commission that Water Plant Manager Casey Staggs had recently left her position in order to care for a family member. City Manager Hickman said that there are still three licensed operators at the water plant.
Vice Mayor Mosley said that there has been a problem with people running into the fence at the Sportsplex baseball field where the handicapped parking area is located. He said that he had received a quote from River City Concrete for concrete curb stops at $30 each, and approximately 22 of them were needed. The commission verbally agreed that these should be purchased from River City Concrete.
Mosley then said that some of the playground equipment at City Park is in need of minor repairs, and he recommended that the city purchase a small welder at a cost of around $150 to use on these and other small projects.
The Vice Mayor then inquired as to when the sidewalk projects would start up, and City Manager Hickman said that they would begin as soon as weather permits. He also asked about the lighting project at the Sportsplex soccer fields, and Hickman said that they are still waiting on the final go-ahead from the state on the LPRF grant.
Vice Mayor Mosley also asked about the status of the city’s civil suit regarding costs paid for the training of a city police officer who quit after only working for a short period of time. City Attorney Polk said that the first court date is set for the first Wednesday in April.
Commissioner Bevis said that he had been contacted several times by a citizen and local business owner questioning whether the city would continue working on sewer grinder pumps on personal property. City Manager Hickman explained that when a private citizen or business constructs a dwelling or building that is downhill at a certain grade from the city sewer lines, the citizen or business owner must purchase a grinder pump to pump the waste uphill. The city commissioners, city manager and city attorney discussed at length that even though policy for doing any type work on personal property had never been fully established, there had to be a firm protocol for handling any such situations in the future. The commission was advised that there could be legal issues with using tax dollar labor and equipment on personal property, as well as the city being responsible for any damages that may occur during any such repair. The city attorney told Commissioner Bevis that he would draft written policy on this issue for future reference, so that the commission and manager as well as the taxpaying citizens would have a clear understanding on this debate.
Commissioner Creasy said that he had received a request from a citizen to re-pave an area of Hill Street where a water line break had been repaired. City Manager Hickman said that it could be fixed when pavement restoration begins in the spring.
Vice Mayor Mosley said that gravel is needed at City Park, and City Manager Hickman said that gravel would be put down and grading done when the weather permits.
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.