BY KATIE HUSTON
Statham was awarded $25,000 to go toward helping to improve the city’s water quality.
The grant, a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), will help provide solar-powered circulators for the water reservoir.
A solar-powered circulator is an environmental approach used to improve water quality. They may be used in wastewater ponds, lakes, potable water reservoirs or other water storage facilities.
This will prove important to the city since water quality problems and energy demands tend to be linked and also continue to escalate throughout the region. The council did not outline when the project would be complete.
In other business at the Statham City Council meeting:
•the council approved a 2010 Census proclamation. An accurate census report will bring sufficient funds to the city.
•an annexation and rezone petition for Edna Jackson’s property was tabled indefinitely.
•Officer Buddy Hardigree was recognized for his service with the Statham Police Department.
•Clay Cox, Representative of District 102 who is running for Congress was present at the meeting and invited citizens who were also present to meet with him afterward to hear their concerns.
•council member Hattie Thrasher briefed the council on the upcoming essay contest that will take place at the county elementary schools that will be ongoing during the month of April, with a winner announced in May.
•the city has begun reviewing applications from those who applied to be police chief. The council said it received about 25 applications.
•a retirement reception for Chief of Police Roger Tripp will be held Sunday, April 11, from 2-4 p.m. at the Community Center.
•the next meeting of the Sunflower Festival committee will by the second Monday in May, at 7:30 p.m.