Waynesboro City Commission May 11, 2020 Meeting

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   The Waynesboro City Commission met in regular session on Monday, May 11th, 2020 at City Hall in Waynesboro, practicing social distancing by remaining at least six feet apart during the meeting. All commissioners were present, including Mayor Jeff Howell, Vice Mayor Charlie Mosley, Commissioner Chris Bevis, Commissioner Jeff Davis, and Commissioner Tony Creasy. Also in attendance were City Manager John Hickman, City Attorney Josh Polk, and City Recorder Paige Jackson.

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

   Commissioner Creasy made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting. The motion was seconded by Vice Mayor Mosley, and the minutes were unanimously approved.

   City Manager Hickman provided the commissioners with monthly cash collateral statements and investment reports. The commission then decided to change the date of the next meeting to Tuesday, May 26th, as the regularly scheduled date falls on Memorial Day.

   City Manager Hickman went on to inform the commission of a few more items:

-Bid notices are currently being run in the Wayne County News for sidewalk repair; the bids will be opened at the May 26th meeting.

-The final notice was received to proceed with the soccer field lights at the Sportsplex that are being funded by an LPRF grant; the contractor that is going to do the project will start as soon as he finishes the job he is currently working on.

-City customers with utility late fees went down to 15 this month from 80 last month; disconnections will resume after June 10th.

-The band Parmalee, who has contracted to play at the city’s Independence Day celebration, is still planning to perform at the event unless the governor issues new orders regarding outdoor concerts before then.

   The first item of new business on the agenda was a water tap request for 195 Ralph Horton Road. City Manager Hickman confirmed that all necessary fees had been paid and the work had been completed. Commissioner Bevis made a motion to approve, and Vice Mayor Mosley seconded the motion. The water tap was unanimously approved.

   The other item of new business on the agenda was a proposal from Quik Mart owner Jonathan Edwards to purchase a strip of property that runs between the property Quik Mart currently owns and Dexter L. Woods Memorial Boulevard. Edwards has made an offer to purchase the .03 acres for $25,000 and to give the city a permanent easement across the sidewalk. Vice Mayor Mosley made a motion to approve the sale, and Commissioner Davis seconded the motion. The sale was unanimously approved.

   Under open items on the agenda, Mayor Howell first said that a resident had recently complained about overgrown property and junked vehicles on Morrow Street. City Manager Hickman said that the situation would be addressed.

   Vice Mayor Mosley then asked about some ditches that are overgrown in the area. City Manager Hickman said that city crews have been working hard to try to keep up with things that the inmate crews normally take care of.

   Mosley also mentioned that the asphalt is already cracking at the recently created handicapped driveway at the Sportsplex. Hickman said that he would have it checked.

   Commissioner Davis said that he had received a call from a resident on South High Street complaining about a tile in front of her house that often gets clogged up. City Manager Hickman explained that this is an ongoing problem at that particular residence because the grate over the tile is in the middle of the resident’s chert driveway, and even though the city clears the debris from the tile regularly, every time it rains there is more chert and gravel washed into the grate.

   Commissioner Davis also inquired about the speed limit on Highway 64 West coming down Shakerag Hill to the old Barnett Motor Company. City Manager Hickman confirmed that the speed limit does go down to 30 mph in that area.

   A few more items mentioned by Commissioner Davis were:

-a lot of possibly suspicious traffic on Frank Boyd Street;

-brush and debris being dumped in the lot beside Cash Savers;

-the square looking “rough” due to no inmate work crews available.

   City Attorney Polk updated the commission on the civil suit the city currently has against a former police officer for repayment of training fees. Attorney Polk said that the defendant did not show up at the last scheduled hearing, so the hearing was rescheduled for Wednesday, May 13th. If the defendant does not show up at that hearing, the judge will set a default judgment.

   Before the meeting closed, City Manager Hickman introduced the two newest city police officers to the commission, Matthew Patterson and Ryan Livingston.

   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.

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