Odum, Georgia City Council Wrap-Up (Posted 8/11/2017)
The Odum City Council met and discussed or voted on the following items on Tuesday, August 1.
(Source: The Press-Sentinel - Saturday - August 5, 2017)
SEWER SYSTEM GRANT
Mayor Brian Nipper informed the Council that he had met with Carl and Hayes Hofstader about a community development block grant to do work on the sewer system. He told the Council that if they applied for the grant, they would need to consider how much money the city could spend to get the work done. The Council decided to look into applying for the grant.
Nipper reported that the contract with TankPro for maintenance on the water tower will be renewed in January unless the Council decides to end the contract. Council member Jim Westberry made a motion to send TankPro a letter to end the contract. Council member Kathy Rozier seconded the motion, which carried.
SOLID WASTE AUTHORITY APPOINTEE
Westberry made a motion to nominate Council member Willie McLaughlin to remain Odum's Solid Waste Authority member. Council member Kevin Higgs seconded the motion, which carried. McLaughlin accepted the nomination.
Nipper stated that he received a call from Herschell Hires regarding tipping fees. He reported that the Council is looking into how much the city has paid Broadhurst Environmental in the past years in tipping fees. He stated there is a possibility the city may be reimbursed for those fees.
Nipper went over a letter sent by Tax Commissioner Denise Griffis. He asked the Council to consider moving the millage up to offset a decrease in the digest. The Council plans to further discuss this in its September meeting.
FIRE DEPARTMENT UPDATES
Rozier reported that the fire department ordered turn gear as voted on in last month's meeting. Fire Chief Kevin Altman said that he is working with Apple Care of Jesup to get physicals for new firefighters.
ODUM CITY GYM PROGRESS
McLaughlin reported that work on the Odum gym should be finished within a few weeks.
Nipper asked the council to consider purchasing an air compressor in the future to help keep ponds flowing correctly. The projected cost of the compressor is $8,000.
Westberry reported that Odum had inmate labor for three days to catch up on weed-eating and mowing, which had been behind as a result of weather.