Odum, Georgia City Council Wrap-Up (Posted 9/16/2017)
The Odum City Council met and discussed or voted on the following items on Tuesday, September 5.
(Source: The Press-Sentinel - Saturday - September 9, 2017)
Chief Deputy Doug Lewis informed the Council that EMS and law enforcement were keeping a "close eye" on Hurricane Irma.
Council member Jim Westberry made a motion to set the tentative millage rate at 5.134, up from 5.117. Council member Willie McLaughlin seconded the motion, which carried.
The council amended the 2016-2017 budget from $230,828 to $240,313. The council also amended the 2017-2018 budget from $215,623 to $226,068. The amendements were made as a result of unexpected expenses.
Mayor Brian Nipper updated the council on the decision to end a contract with Tankpro, which holds the maintenance contract for the city water tower. He stated that the city cannot end the contract without penalty until the fourth annual payment is made, scheduled for January of 2018.
SOLID WASTE AUTHORITY
McLaughlin reported that the Solid Waste Authority has hired a lawyer who is reviewing the contract presented by Republic Services. He stated that there will be upcoming classes to help Authority members learn what they need to do.
Bryan Griffis, from the Michael Long Agency, presented a quote for insurance for the city. The council voted to accept the quote from the agency to include a cyber policy, and the vote passed.
Nipper reminded the Council that the city has the insurance money to do roof repairs for the recreation center. The Council asked him to get quotes on both shingle and metal roofs. He plans to present the rates at the next meeting.
ODUM CITY GYM
Nipper updated the council on the renovations of the gym, stating that they are almost complete with the exception of the floor.
Council member Dave Titus reported complaints from residents about overgrown weeds, trash and broken-down equipment. Nipper instructed Titus and city clerk Robbin Manners to review the current ordinance prohibiting rubbish, weeds and debris and to prepare a letter to Odum residents instructing them to "clean up."
ODUM DAY CLEAN UP
Westberry reported that inmates are scheduled to help clean up for Odum Day.