Waynesboro Commission Announces Completion of Soccer Light Project

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   The Waynesboro City Commission met in regular session on Monday, June 22nd, 2020 at City Hall in Waynesboro. 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 Vice Mayor Mosley offered the invocation.

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

   City Manager Hickman began by confirming that the Independence Day Celebration scheduled for July 3rd is still on, and that final confirmation on the musical performers and fireworks has been made. Hickman said that so far, 14 vendors have reserved spaces to set up as well. Mayor Howell inquired about parking for the event, and the city manager said that there will be plenty of parking available. Commissioner Creasy mentioned that the bricks and drum riser on Stage 64 need to be sprayed off and cleaned before July 3rd if at all possible.

   City Manager Hickman went on to mention a few more items, including:

•The soccer light project at the Sportsplex is now complete. The soccer fields are now lit very well, and the Sportsplex will now be able to host more soccer tournaments. The Youth Soccer League has plans to expand, and there has been interest in adding an Adult Soccer League as well.

•The topo maps have been ordered for the Highway 64 West water line extension grant, and Griggs and Maloney Engineering is expected to have the plans drawn up by the fall.

•Budget time is quickly approaching, and the commissioners agreed to schedule the first budget meeting for Thursday, July 16th.

•Vocal support was requested and given for the Tennessee Early Education Commission.

   The only item of new business on the agenda was the second reading of the 2019-2020 Budget Amendment Ordinance. Vice Mayor Mosley made a motion to approve, and Commissioner Davis seconded. The ordinance was unanimously approved.

   Under “open items” on the agenda, Mayor Howell commented that the recent sidewalk restorations on South Main Street look good.

   Vice Mayor Mosley voiced his approval for the soccer lights, saying that they are a great addition to the Sportsplex. Mosley went on to say that he had heard complaints about young people hanging out in the Cash Savers parking lot, leaving garbage, using profanity, and revving their engines. Police Chief Walter Smith said that there are truck meets being held there once a month, but his officers are writing citations for noise violations when it gets too loud.

   Commissioner Davis next commented that the dumpster on the back side of the Cash Savers parking lot is usually overflowing with garbage scattered around it, which is very unsightly.

   Commissioner Creasy said that he had received a complaint from a citizen about weeds and grass growing up in the sidewalk in the Woodtown Street/Taylor Street area. He also said that he hoped the odor at the sewer plant would be better before the 4th of July, and City Manager Hickman said that deodorizer is being added frequently and the digester is still set to be cleaned out the first week of July.

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