The Waynesboro City Commission met in regular session on Monday, July 22nd, 2019 at City Hall in Waynesboro. All commissioners were in attendance, including Mayor Jeff Howell, Vice
Mayor Charlie Mosley, Commissioner Chris Bevis, Commissioner Jeff Davis, and Commissioner Tony Creasy. City Manager John Hickman and City Attorney George Gray were in attendance as well.
Mayor Howell called the meeting to order, and Commissioner Creasy offered the invocation.
Vice Mayor Mosley made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting. Commissioner Creasy seconded the motion, and the minutes were approved.
First was the scheduling of an upcoming budget meeting. The commission agreed to have a meeting to go over the proposed 2019-2020 budget on Wednesday, August 7th, at 5:30 p.m.
The first item of new business on the agenda was a PEP (Public Entity Partners) Grant Resolution. This safety partners matching grant, formerly referred to as the TML Safety Grant, is routinely applied for and awarded to the city each year. The grant is for $5,000, with a 50% ($2,500) match from the city. City Manager Hickman said that the city plans to use this year’s grant money to send two of the Utility Department employees to a water leak/repair seminar, and to purchase two computers and two monitors for the Police Department. Commissioner Bevis made a motion to approve the resolution to apply for the PEP Grant. Vice Mayor Mosley seconded the motion, and the grant resolution was unanimously approved.
Next on the agenda was an ordinance regarding a street name change. City Manager Hickman read the ordinance describing the street name change, which proposes deleting the current Griggs Road, an 842-foot section of roadway from Old Highway 64 West to Skelton Sawmill Road which is actually now just a private drive; and renaming a 330-foot section of roadway in the area, currently named Skelton Lane, to Griggs Road. Hickman said that this name change would mean that there would only be one Skelton Lane on the E911 county map, avoiding possible confusion for 911 call responses. (The other Skelton Lane is in the Natural Bridge area.) Vice Mayor Mosley made a motion to approve the first reading of the ordinance. Commissioner Davis seconded the motion, and it was unanimously approved.
The last item of new business on the agenda was a water tap request at 1160 Savannah Highway. Vice Mayor Mosley made a motion to approve the request, and the motion was seconded by Commissioner Bevis. The water tap request was unanimously approved.
Under open items on the agenda, Commissioner Creasy commented that the odor from the sewer plant is continuing to be a bad problem. City Manager Hickman said that the sewer plant manager has been adding deodorizer on a regular basis, but that the weather and rainfall amounts do have a negative effect on the already bad odor. Hickman said that he would be glad to contact the company that designed the sewer plant to see if they have any suggestions or recommendations on controlling the odor.
Mayor Howell said that he had received a call from a concerned citizen about the tall grass growing around the blue Freemon building on the corner behind Quik Mart. City Recorder Paige Jackson said that a certified letter was recently sent to the owner of the building about the problem.
With no further business to come before the commission, Commissioner Creasy made a motion to adjourn. Commissioner Bevis seconded the motion, and the meeting was adjourned.