The Jasper City Council finalized and approved several purchases and services for the city Monday night, April 6. However, the city started their new business with an approval for the Pickens County Sportsman’s Club to utilize city land at Cove Creek and Cove Road for their Fishing Rodeo. Officially approved by the council, the event will be held in May from the 11th to the 14th.
Pickens Sheriff Donnie Craig also presented a donation from the Sheriff’s Foundation to the Jasper Youth Sports Association (JYSA) for $5,000. Money coming from the popular “JeepFest” event has allowed the Sheriff’s Foundation to donate $140,000 to charities and Sheriff Donald Craig thanked the Council for their cooperation with the major event.
The purchases for the city came in 3 motions to approve a 5-foot Asphalt Spreader that has the ability to go up to 9 feet for the cost of $50,000, a trailer for the Asphault Spreader not to exceed $7,700, and an Asphault Roller/Compactor not to exceed $15,000. The later two motions will allow the city to move forward as they continue searching for the trailer and roller/compactor so long as the price does not exceed the approved funding. Of course, excess funds will return as savings.
An emergency situation brought the council to its next approved purchase involving a HydroStop. The HydroStop would allow repairs to a line in the Hunter’s Ridge area while avoiding a possible 24 hour interruption of service for the surrounding area as the water tank would have to be fully drained before repairs could be made. This approval came as an emergency purchase as the council was brought concerns that the current patch on the leak may not hold long enough for the next council meeting and bids for the service to be taken.
Along with the purchases, Mayor John Weaver put a proposal before the Council to take finalize a Contract Payable to Lee Mullins. Inolving the sewer line that was put to the area of the Racetrac, the proposal would pay off a large portion of the remaining balance on the contract. The approved agreement would pay $150,000 from an investment account in the Water Fund and also the City would waive property tax and water bills outstanding. This is still pending to be agreed upon by Mr. Mullins. According to Mayor Weaver, it would also free up the sewer line for further developments and allow the council to set new tap on fees for it.
In the final part of the meeting, the council received a request from the Downtown Alliance to utilize the Roper Hospital Property for a invite-only market style gathering. The event was suggested in the request to be an 8-tent event to be held on Wednesday nights from 4:00 – 8:00pm beginning in May and ending in September. Approval was given by the council, while Mayor Weaver did mention the council would retain the right to revoke the allowance should any major issues arise.
With two council members missing, Mayor Weaver called to order the City Council Meeting on Monday, December 8.
Four major items sat upon the agenda for the meeting along with an executive session. The council approved its Pointnorth Insurance package as presented by Joe Walker. Although an increase was expected in Property Coverage, it and several other areas actually either experienced no change or a decrease. In fact, the package only increased by $7,000.
Next, the City Council heard the presentation by Amy Leake of the Downtown Alliance for bids on a Traffic Enhancement Study to improve the streets in downtown Jasper. The Alliance had several interested but only received two proposals for the study, from Kimley Horn and Keck & Wood.
The proposed bid for the council was Kimley Horn. Leake told the council this proposal won due to several things such as a very specific timeline provided to keep track and progress on the study. Kimley Horn also will keep everything “in house” for the study with no need for extra outside contracting as well as helping with grants for the project that this study would suggest for improving the downtown area. She also told the council that Kimley Horn will not charge extra fees, like other companies had in their proposals, should the project plans need multiple revisions.
The council approved this proposal to move forward with the study.
City Clerk and Finance Director, Lisa Hoyle presented the third item as she read a proposed resolution to apply for a grant from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for a grant totaling $100,000 for a trail traveling parallel to the rail road from Arbor Hills to Jasper. This would be between a 1.5 and 2 mile trail according to Mayor Weaver. This resolution would also authorize a local match which Mayor Weaver stated would be 20%. The council motioned and approved this resolution to apply.
In the fourth item, the council approved 10 renewals for Alcohol Licenses for 2016 including Dos Margaritas III, Dunn’s Food Store, FATZ Cafe, Jasper BP, Madeline’s Cafe and Bakery, Johnny’s New York Style Pizza, Pueblo Cantina, Quiktrip, Tater Patch Players, and Walmart. All of these were approved.