The Waynesboro City Commission met in regular session on Monday, September 9th, 2019 at City Hall in Waynesboro. Commissioners in attendance included Mayor Jeff Howell, Commissioner Chris Bevis, Commissioner Jeff Davis, and Commissioner Tony Creasy. City Manager John Hickman and City Recorder Paige Jackson were in attendance as well. Vice Mayor Charlie Mosley was absent.

   Mayor Howell called the meeting to order, and Commissioner Creasy offered the invocation.

   Commissioner Bevis made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting. Commissioner Davis seconded the motion, and the minutes were approved.

   Department reports were first on the agenda. City Manager Hickman informed the commission that the contract had been signed and submitted for the soccer field lights grant. The grant amount is $225,000, with a 50% match from the city. Hickman said that as soon as the last signature of approval is received from the state, the city will be able to bid out the project in two phases. The first phase will be the installation of the lights at the soccer field. Phase two will include work on the Sportsplex parking lot to make it ADA compliant. The commissioners said that they had been receiving questions from citizens about when the project would be completed, and City Manager Hickman confirmed that the project would be done before the next soccer season begins.

   The first item of new business on the agenda was the Site Development Grant Resolution. City Manager Hickman said that this grant was applied for by the city a few years ago, but denied due to the fact that TNECD increased the required acreage to receive the grant from 10 acres to 20 acres. The city plans to use this grant, if it is awarded, for site development at the Industrial Park on Highway 64 East where the Fast Pace business office is located. Hickman said that TNECD has now reduced the required acreage back down to 10 acres, so the city is eligible to apply again. Commissioner Davis made a motion to approve the resolution to apply for the grant. Commissioner Creasy seconded the motion, and the resolution was unanimously approved.

   Surplus items were next on the agenda. Three abandoned vehicles were presented for approval to declare as surplus and be put up for sale on Commissioner Bevis made a motion to declare the vehicles as surplus, and Commissioner Davis seconded the motion. The surplus items were unanimously approved.

   Discussion of a water line relocation near Piggly Wiggly was next. Due to a prospective business that is considering locating near Piggly Wiggly, the owner of Piggly Wiggly has offered to pay the city a flat rate to relocate water lines to accommodate the new business. City Manager Hickman confirmed that this will be a lengthy project, and will involve the state right-of-way, TVEC power lines, sewer lines, and gas lines. After a brief discussion, the commissioners agreed that the relocation of the water lines would be necessary in order to accommodate the new business, which will be very beneficial to the city. Commissioner Davis made a motion to proceed with the relocation of the water lines per the property owner’s request. Commissioner Creasy seconded the motion, and it was unanimously approved.

   Two business owners who operate businesses in the former Piggly Wiggly shopping center in the Barlow community voiced their concerns to the commission regarding young people gathering in the parking lot at night and leaving a considerable amount of trash and debris, including a lot of beer bottles. One of the business owners said that he had been spoken to in a disrespectful manner by a group of young men in the parking lot recently, and the situation seems to be escalating. Mayor Howell said that City Manager Hickman would check on the possibility of installing more lighting near the parking lot, and the city police would increase patrols in the area.

   Under “Open Items” on the agenda, Mayor Howell said that he had received several complaints about a property on Songer Street across from the Methodist Church. He said that the residence appears to be unoccupied, and the yard and shrubbery are overgrown and out of hand. City Manager Hickman said that a letter will be sent to the property owner regarding the situation.

   Mayor Howell also said that the phone number listed for the City Park, 722-1821, does not seem to be working properly. City Manager Hickman said that he would check into it.

   Commissioner Creasy said that a citizen on Green River Drive asked that a new street light be installed near her residence. City Manager Hickman said that he would check on the distance requirements between street lights.

   Commissioner Creasy also said that someone from Fast Pace had asked about the ownership of the grinder pump near their facility. City Manager Hickman said that the grinder pump does belong to Fast Pace, not the city, and that it is a requirement for them to have one.

   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.