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Odum, Georgia City Council Wrap-Up (Posted 7/8/2019)


The Odum City Council met and discussed or voted on the following items on Tuesday, July 2, 2019.

(Source: The Press-Sentinel - Saturday - July 6, 2019)

SIGN FINE

Mayor Brian Nipper raised the issue of businesses placing advertising signs on city property. Removal of the signs wastes city time, he said. He discussed a new ordinance that would prohibit placing such signs on city property. Dave Titus made a motion to create an ordinance that would prohibit businesses from advertising on city property, with exemptions for signs promoting things such as yard sales, weddings and political signs. A $50 fine for each sign removed would be the penalty under this ordinance. Willie McLaughlin seconded the motion, which passed. The council will consult with the proper authorities on creating the ordinance.

WATER/SEWER AND GENERAL BUDGETS

Titus made a motion to accept the presented water and sewer budget, and Kathy Rozier made a motion to accept the general funding budget. Both passed. The new water and sewer budget is $158,862, and the new general funding budget is $236,840.

NEW CITY HALL WATER FLOW METER

Nipper brought three different quotes for a new water flow meter for City Hall, which is needed to comply with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division's requirements, and the city's water permit. McLaughlin made a motion to accept the bid from Woodrow Sapp, $11,500, as long as the meter matched the specifications of the other bids. Titus seconded the motion, which passed.

FIRE TRUCK REPAIRS

Nipper informed the council that during previous repair work that was being done on the city fire truck, new issues were found. This would increase the cost of repairing the truck to around $5,400. Titus was tasked with reviewing the new quote to ensure that all repairs were necessary and that the price was reasonable, which he agreed to do.

SUNDAY BEER AND WINE SALES

Nipper informed the Council that attorney Samantha Jacobs will be writing the referendum on Sunday beer and wine sales. Probate Judge Tammy Thornton will put it on the November election ballot.

SHELTER REPAIR

The back shed behind City Hall is currently being repaired. According to Nipper, inmate workers have removed the old tin, and he will begin to assemble a list of needed supplies.

TRASH TRUCK PURCHASES

Nipper informed the Council that he had not purchsaed any of the garbage trucks discussed in last month's meeting because they appeared bigger than necessary for the city of Odum. Some Council members had also spoken with knowledgeable people on the issue and had raised issues with the purchase as well.



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