Mayor Steve Rigdon set a date of Sept. 5 at 10:00 a.m. for a work session for a budget workshop at the regular council meeting August 28.
Randy Dixon with Republic Services (Sullivan Environmental Services) addressed the mayor and council members. Dixon introduced himself and stated that Republic Services has been operating as Sullivan Environmental since 1997. He stated he is looking forward to the bid process. Dixon also reported that Tim Laux would be the new general manager.
The city is currently in a contract with Republic Services.
Manager Jeff Baxley thanked Dixon for coming. He informed everyone that the contract period would end in November.
The council approved a utility easement for Georgia Power Company at the airport.
The date was set for Sept. 25 for a public hearing on a petition for annexation filed by Mattie Fedrick to annex property at 1462 Jekyll Road, for the establishing of a Business/Residential (BR-1) zone.
Mayor Pro Tem Esco Hall made a motion to apply for entitlement money through the FFA for installation of an AWOS System and some more clearing at the airport. The cash match would be Federal funds 90 percent, State funds 5 percent, City funds 5 percent, and the city’s share estimated around $8,500.00. This motion was seconded by Councilwoman Betty Livingston and was approved by the council unanimously.
The council approved two second readings and adoptions for annexations. The first annexation was for property located at 71 Jennifer Lane and for establishing a Residential (R-15) and the other was for property located at Harry Street for establishing a Business/Residential (BR-1).
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Manager Jeff Baxley stated there is now legislation that exempts sales tax on power use in industry. He stated that cities and counties could levy and excise tax if they wanted to.
He reported that he has received several calls concerning increased trash being thrown out on main thoroughfares. He has spoken to Chief James Godfrey and that the fine for littering in the City of Baxley is $1,000.00. Please be aware officers will be on the watch for littering.
The manager stated the city has been looking at a company called Invoice Cloud concerning bill payments for the city online.
He reported that the city is now eligible to apply for another CDBG. The last CDBG project is now complete and had about $250,000.00 cash match for that project.
The manager stated he attended the TSPLOST meeting in Vidalia.
Baxley Chief of Police James Godfrey reported on two major incidents that occurred, a homicide and threats of weapons being brought to the Appling County High School. Chief Godfrey reported they have made an arrest in the homicide incident. The chief stated for safety purposes all schools were put on high alert and increased safety measures were taken inside the schools.
Mayor Pro Tem Hall stated he attended the Regional Commission meeting Thursday, Aug. 23. He has been appointed to the budget committee. He also attended the Development Authority meeting Wednesday, Aug. 29.
Hall stated he has a request to put more streetlights on Sursson Street/Louise Lane. He also requested the city manager check on two trees at the corner of Middlewood Drive and N. MLK to see if they need removing as a resident in the area is concerned about them falling on power lines.
Hall also announced he is a member of the 100 Black Men Association and they will be holding a Rumble in the Swamp in Waycross. He invited everyone to attend.