The Waynesboro City Commission met in regular session on Monday, March 28, 2022 at City Hall in Waynesboro. Commissioners present were Mayor Chris Bevis, Vice Mayor Jeff Davis, Commissioner Jeff Howell, Commissioner Lynn Warren, and Commissioner Tony Creasy. Also in attendance were City Manager John Hickman and City Recorder Paige Jackson.
Mayor Bevis called the meeting to order, and Commissioner Warren offered the invocation.
Commissioner Howell made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting. The motion was seconded by Vice Mayor Davis, and the minutes were unanimously approved.
Department Reports were next on the agenda. City Manager Hickman briefed the commission on a few items, including a letter that was received from Public Entity Partners letting the city know that they would be receiving a deduction on their premium because of excellent safety practices.
The commission went on to discuss the entertainment for the Independence Day Celebration coming up on July 2nd. City Manager Hickman said that Ben Daniel and Southern Fire Band, both locals, have already committed to perform, but the headlining act has not yet been confirmed. Hickman said that he hoped to get the headliner under contract as soon as possible.
The first item of new business on the agenda was a resolution to apply for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for paving. The grant would be used for paving and improving streets within the city, and would not exceed $700,000 with a 10% match from the city. City Manager Hickman stressed the importance of city residents returning the surveys that were mailed out, stating that the number of completed surveys will have a bearing on whether the city receives the grant. Commissioner Creasy made a motion to approve the resolution, and Commissioner Howell seconded. The resolution to apply for the grant was unanimously approved.
The other item of new business on the agenda was a proclamation announcing April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. The proclamation was written by Kid’s Place Advocacy Center, a group established in 1999 that recently opened an office in Waynesboro. Kid’s Place has helped thousands of children and families in the 21st Judicial District since their inception, and work hard to increase awareness of child abuse and abuse prevention in local communities. Vice Mayor Davis made a motion to approve the proclamation, and Commissioner Creasy seconded the motion. The proclamation was unanimously approved.
Under open items on the agenda, Commissioner Howell inquired if there was any money left in this year’s budget for sidewalk repair. City Manager Hickman said there was, and he would be working on getting that lined up soon.
Commissioner Warren mentioned that there seems to be an issue with the mowers on the hospital hill blowing the cut grass back out onto the four-lane. City Manager Hickman said that this would be looked into further, as it could be a danger especially to motorcyclists. Hickman went on to note that a crew is supposed to be coming soon to clean out the ditches on Main Street and Highway 99. These are state roads, so state crews will have to clean the ditches and tiles out to prevent the buildup of mud and debris.
With no further business to come before the commission, Commissioner Creasy made a motion to adjourn. Commissioner Howell seconded, and the meeting was adjourned.
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