The Waynesboro City Commission met in regular session on Thursday, June 27th, 2019 at City Hall in Waynesboro. All commissioners were in attendance, including Mayor Jeff Howell, Vice Mayor Charlie Mosley, Commissioner Jeff Davis, Commissioner Chris Bevis, 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 Davis offered the invocation.
Vice Mayor Mosley made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting. Commissioner Davis seconded the motion, and the minutes were approved.
City Manager Hickman began by distributing copies of the city’s cash collateral statements to the commissioners. He also presented Mayor Howell, Commissioner Bevis, and Commissioner Creasy with Certificates of Achievement for their completion of the Elected Officials classes required by state law.
City Manager Hickman informed the commission that City Hall staff would be finishing up and closing out the fiscal year-end business the following day, June 28th, and that the commission would be ready to begin budget meetings after the next regular meeting. He also told the commission that he had just picked up the $15,000 check from Coca Cola for the Waynesboro Municipal Golf Course, which they are donating to the golf course in exchange for exclusively selling Coca Cola products.
The first item of new business on the agenda was the second reading of the ordinance to change the name of Donahoe Drive to City Park Drive. Vice Mayor Mosley made a motion to approve the second reading of the ordinance. Commissioner Bevis seconded the motion, and the ordinance was unanimously approved.
City Manager Hickman then told the commission that new signs had been installed at the city limits boundaries with larger images of the things Waynesboro has to offer, such as the Sportsplex, the RV Park, and the City Pool. The new signs replace the older ones which had much smaller pictures on them.
The next item on the agenda was the second reading of the Fiscal Year End 2018-2019 Budget Amendments Ordinance. Commissioner Creasy made a motion to approve the second reading of the ordinance, and Vice Mayor Mosley seconded the motion. The ordinance was approved unanimously.
The Industrial Development Board payoff was the final item of new business on the agenda. City Manager Hickman informed the commission that the Industrial Development Board (IDB) met on June 26th to re-structure after the recent passing of three board members, Jason Camfield, Paul Rich, and Wanda Steiner. The IDB proposed a reduction in the number of board members from nine to five, and appointed Scott Kelly as Chairman and Paige Jackson as Secretary. The remaining board members are Herbert Brewer, Gaines Ramsey, Jewel Sanders, and Jack Sackreiter. The IDB also offered to sign over the former Fast Pace building at 203 South High Street to the city in exchange for the city alleviating their debt. Hickman explained that by paying off the IDB note balance of $109,878.21 at this time using funds from the very healthy sales tax account, the city would be saving over $72,000 in interest over the next two years. He also pointed out that paying off the IDB debt would eliminate the need to include the $100,000 in next year’s budget that the city normally gives the IDB on an annual basis. After a brief discussion, Vice Mayor Mosley made a motion to reduce the number of IDB board members from nine to five, and to pay off the IDB debt balance of $109,878.21. Commissioner Davis seconded the motion, and it was passed unanimously.
Under open items on the agenda, Commissioner Creasy and Mayor Howell both said that they had received complaints regarding the odor from the sewer plant. City Manager Hickman said that he would instruct the plant manager to add some more deodorizer.
Vice Mayor Mosley told the commission that the new dirt had been put on the ballfields at the Sportsplex, but there is still work to be done. He inquired about the fence to be installed at the Sportsplex, and City Manager Hickman said that the materials have been ordered, and the city crew will be installing the fence themselves.
Mosley then pointed out that one item that needs to be put in next year’s budget is funding for new handicapped swings at City Park. He said that the old ones have been refurbished as much as they can be. He also mentioned the overgrowth that is taking over much of the sidewalk space in town.
Commissioner Bevis inquired as to where the fireworks will be set off for the display on July 3rd. City Manager Hickman said that they will again be set off from the access road to the Highway 64 bypass on Highway 13 North. That access road will of course be closed to traffic while the fireworks are being shot. Bevis also commented that several people had voiced complaints about the musical performances at the Independence Day Celebration not lasting long enough, and the commission agreed that next year they will look into the possibility of holding off on the fireworks display until 9:30 or 10:00 p.m. The fireworks display will still begin this year at 9:00 p.m.
In closing, Mayor Howell advised the commission to be thinking about needs for the upcoming budget. 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.