Danielsville gained three new part-time officers Oct. 14.
Police chief Brenan Baird said the officers’ duties will involve primarily increased night time and weekend patrol. Officer Jonathan Burnette has already been working on a part-time basis for the city. Officers Gary Floyd, David Graham and Brian Anderson will begin patrolling this month.
In a related matter, the council adopted a 150-plus page standard operating procedure manual (SOP) for the police department.
The council also approved its short-term work program for 2013–2017, which includes a number of projects already in progress, such as upgrades to the city’s wastewater pond, a new 100,000-gallon water tank, the creation of a roundabout at the intersection of Hwys. 29 and 98 and renovations of existing aged water and sewer lines.
The council approved an intergovernmental agreement with Franklin County for the purchase of a water tank that will be moved from Franklin County and installed near the school complexes and future agriculture center on Madison Street. The purchase of the water tower is contingent on the approval of a Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) loan.
“We are in a considerably better position with water than we were two years ago,” city attorney Dale Perry said.
The council approved an increase from $350 to $1,000 in beer/wine license fees for “Class A” (alcohol by the drink) and “Class C” (wholesaler) businesses to match the fee increase for “Class B” (retail) sellers last year.
The council also agreed to change to a flat $100 annual business license fee for businesses inside city limits, at the recommendation of Mayor Todd Higdon. The fee will replace the current $50 plus $10 per employee fee and the current $250 fee for state-licensed professionals. The council is expected to vote on the new fee at its November meeting, which will take effect for 2014 business licenses.
Higdon told the council that he hired Classic City Appraisal Service to conduct appraisals for property acquisitions on the four properties at the red light as part of the roundabout project.
City clerk Susan Payne said plans are moving forward for a “Trunk or Treat” in Memorial Park on Oct. 31 (Halloween). She said organizers, with the help of several local churches, will hold the event from 4 to 9 p.m. and that coupons for Fox’s Pizza will be given to children bringing an item for the county food bank.
In a related matter, the council heard that the city is expected to clear over $2,000 from September’s fall festival. Once expenses have been paid, the money will be distributed to several local charities.