The Baxley City Council met on April 22 for a regular monthly meeting. During the meeting
City Attorney Alex Johnson explained that an ordinance granting a zoning variance was adopted in 2002 for lands of Richie Williams and J.W. Murray allowing the construction of a personal care home on their property located on Holmesville Avenue. There has been no construction on the property and Williams wants to sell the property to someone who wants to have a hospice in-patient care center constructed on this property.
Councilman Tim Varnadore made a motion stating that the proposed hospice facility is still within the scope of the wording in the variance that was issued in 2002. This motion was seconded by Councilwoman Betty Livingston and was approved unanimously.
City Manager Jeff Baxley stated that Charlie Stuckey has requested to be replaced on the Library Board. Councilman Mickey Bass made a motion to appoint Carole Edgy to the board to fill the unexpired term of Stuckey, which ends December 2015. This motion was seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Dr. Esco Hall, Jr. and was approved unanimously.
City Manager Baxley reported that Baxley Water Supervisor Dale Sapp is back at work and Baxley Police Office Scarlett Doubberly is out of the hospital, but will be out for six weeks.
Baxley stated the pre-construction meeting on the TEA Project would be today (April 22) at 2:00 p.m.
Baxley reported that the city now has the figures on the employee health insurance for renewal June 1 and the figures still look good with only a 12% increase. He also stated he is negotiating with the company looking for ways to bring costs down.
Mayor Pro Tem Hall asked if the city has heard from the request that was submitted to DOT concerning a red light at the intersection of Brobston and W. Parker Street. Jeff Baxley stated that he has received a copy of a safety audit from DOT, and nowhere in the report does it mention a red light.
Mayor Rigdon stated that he has had several calls concerning a streetlight needing to be placed across from the vocational school.
Mayor Rigdon invited everyone to the Mayor’s Breakfast to be held Thursday, May 1 at the First Baptist Church Social Hall.
Manager Baxley reported on the annual Easter Egg Hunt. Due to the weather the hunt was moved from the Water Works Park to the City Gym. The Baxley Tree Trek activities, which are also sponsored by the city, had 149 participants this year. He thanked Cristen Floyd, the public works department and the police department for a job well done.