The Nicholson City Council members talked about projects they would like to complete during 2014 at the monthly work session on Jan. 23.
Mayor Ronnie Maxwell discussed with the council several projects to be funded with special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) revenue.
Maxwell asked council member Max Whitlock to oversee the project to construct a barbeque pit near the city’s amphitheater.
Maxwell asked Whitlock to get an estimate and report back to the council.
Maxwell said he would also like to get the city signs finished. Plans have been made to erect a sign on each end of the city along U.S. 441.
Council member Faye Seagraves, along with John Ring and Roger Cosby, are planning a meeting with the Georgia Department of Transportation and everyone involved with the sign issue to get input on the signs.
The council also discussed possibly installing a sidewalk from U.S. 441 to Dan’s Store. Ring brought up this issue and Maxwell recommended council member Jan Webster to work with Ring on this project.
Ring also reminded the mayor and council that the city’s five-year plan includes rewriting the city’s sign ordinance.
“It needs to be tightened up,” Ring said of the current ordinance.
Seagraves said she would like to see lighting installed along the city’s sidewalks.
Ring said he had checked with Jackson EMC about installing lights on existing poles at 10 intersections inside the city.
Ring said the monthly cost to the city would be around $260 for the lights.
Council member Howard Wilbanks suggested that the access to the city park be closed at night, bringing up the issue of people entering the park at all hours of the night.
Maxwell said he would get with Jackson County Parks & Recreation Director Ricky Sanders about this issue and see what could be worked out.
Maxwell asked Wilbanks to handle a paving project at the city shop parking lot.
“We need to get this paved,” Maxwell said. “And the driveway at the house behind the community center. They could be done at the same time.”
The council discussed renovations at City Hall that have already been approved by the council and the Nicholson Water Authority.
“We need to put in the windows and metal door to keep the girls safer in the front office area,” Maxwell said.
Maxwell said there had been three incidents over the past several months with irate customers, and the two females working in the front offices don’t feel safe with the current conditions.
Ring said the NWA had already agreed to help fund the new windows and door.
Maxwell reported the following city streets would be included on the Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant (LMIG) list: part of Lakeview Drive, Pace Drive, Stapler Drive and Cedar Drive if Jackson County will turn over the road to the city.