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Odum, Georgia City Council Wrap-Up (Posted 2/19/2018)


The Odum City Council met and discussed or voted on the following items on Tuesday, February 6.

(Source: The Press-Sentinel - Saturday - February 10, 2018)

ROOF REPAIRS

Wells Roofing Company submitted the only bid for repairs to the recreation center roof. The Council accepted the bid for a metal roof at a cost of $6,820. The Council will also ask Wells Roofing to make roof repairs for the pump house, the storage shelter behind Odum City Hall, and four bleacher shelters at the Odum ball fields, asking that the cost not exceed $4,000. The roof repairs will be paid with insurance money received after Hurricane Matthew.

SEWER-SYSTEM REPAIRS

Mayor Brian Nipper informed the council that he had formed a committee to recommend a grant administrator for a community development block grant to help with sewer-system repairs. The Council accepted Public Solutions LLC as grant writer/administrator and Hofstadter and Associates as engineering consultants, should the council apply for and receive the grant.

WATER-BILL CREDIT

The council approved a motion to give water customers who had experienced a leak as a result of recent freezing temperatures a $395.40 credit on the sewer portion of their bills.

EXCAVATOR REPAIRS

The Council passed a motion to make repairs on a mini excavator used for cleaning ditches, stipulating that the repairs not exceed $3,300.

FIRE DEPARTMENT EQUIPMENT

Fire Chief Kevin Altman asked the Council to purchase four portable radios and a pair of boots costing approximately $1,200. The purchase will be made with the remaining funds awarded to Odum by FEMA after Hurricane Matthew.

GYM EVENTS

Recreation Director/Events Coordinator Brian Mansfield updated the Council on events scheduled at the Odum city gym, including wrestling matches February 10 and March 24, a rock concert on March 10, and the return of the circus in April. He also thanked the Council for allowing Odum Elementary to use the gym for its fifth-grade dance and waiving the fee.

ROAD REPAIRS

Council member Dave Titus reported that he had been contacted by a resident regarding road repairs needed on West Railroad Street, which the Council said it was working to fix. Council member Willie McLaughlin attended the quarterly meeting at the Georgia Department of Transporation office in January, and reported that Wayne County roads were in good shape. He said that the meeting stressed the use of the "Call before you dig--Dial 811" Utilities Protection Program.

SCHOOL DUMPSTERS

Republic Services has changed the pickup time of the dumpsters at Odum Elementary so as to not disturb residents in that area. McLaughlin planned to attend the Solid Waste Authority meeting Thursday and will update the Council at the next meeting.

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PROJECTS

Council member Jim Westberry reported that work on projects regarding the snow in January should begin in the next few weeks and that the city is waiting on inmate help to complete them.

CLEANUP REQUEST

Nipper presented a list of potential residents that the Council should send a "request to clean up" letter to. The letter will ask those residents to remove debris and rubbish from their yards.



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