The Sherwood community of Danielsville may be a part of the city before the end of the year, if citizens approve an annexation vote in November.
City attorney Dale Perry told the city council Monday night that they would need to pass a resolution at their July meeting announcing their intent to annex Sherwood.
In the resolution, they will need to outline their service delivery strategy for the community, stating how annexation will improve the lives of citizens. Among things to be included are trash service, lower in-city water rates, streetlight installation, police patrol and protection and street maintenance.
Perry said a public hearing on the annexation would be set Sept. 29, 36 days prior to the November election, after legal notices are run in The Journal for three weeks. The council discussed working out an agreement with the county on improving the dire conditions of the roads in the community before the city assumes responsibility for them.
In other business Monday night, the council heard that contractors are preparing to pour the leg foundations and erect leg supports for the new south water tank near the high school.
Mayor Todd Higdon said neither of the wells offered by the school system met state standards, so the city will use its current wells to maintain the new tank. He said it might be necessary to purchase water from the county to fill the tank, but that current wells should be able to maintain water levels. He also said this will decrease the amount of the GEFA loan by about $80,000, since a new well house and treatment facility for a new well will not be needed. The funds may be held in contingency in case the city decides to look for another well site, however.
The council approved an amendment to the beer/wine license to allow a corporation to obtain a license.
The council voted to rent the Hwy. 98 former doctor’s office building to a couple who will run a real estate office as well as a forestry consulting service out of it. The lease term agreed upon is three years at $1,200 per month, with a $1,200 deposit.
The council discussed, but took no action on, establishing a peddler’s permit fee for those who set up roadside sales within the city limits. Currently, the business license ordinance allows for such sales without a business license between the hours of 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. The council is concerned that such sales detour buyers from local businesses that pay an annual business license to operate within the city.
They also discussed amending the ordinance to prevent business owners from “subletting” their business license to others who may sell items in their parking lots.
“All I know is we need to protect our businesses,” Higdon said.
The council agreed to discuss the matter further at the June work session.
The council heard that the police department received 120 calls during May, which resulted in 58 service calls and four investigations that resulted in an arrest.
The council heard that it will cost $100 each to tint the windows on the city’s two police cars. Higdon said this will help with sunlight issues, but that the cars would not be tinted enough to prevent citizens from seeing the officer inside the car.
Attorney Perry said he and police chief Brenan Baird plan to meet with county attorney Mike Pruett and a sheriff’s office representative to try to iron out an agreement regarding fees for housing inmates at the county jail who are arrested by the police department.
Higdon said the water department has been dealing with many water leaks over the past month at the rate of two – three per day sometimes.
The council approved a $6,336 SPLOST expenditure to Perry’s Plumbing to finish the upgrade of the lift station at the water treatment pond.
Higdon said the roundabout is on hold until the city hears back from the DOT about the extra cost of moving water and sewer lines.
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