Aragon OKs bids for land pur­chase, tree trim­ming

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - SJ Cor­re­spon­dent The Aragon City Coun­cil has a full row of mem­bers for the first time in re­cent months dur­ing their Novem­ber meet­ing.

Aragon’s Novem­ber city coun­cil meet­ing sported a light agenda con­sist­ing of mostly new busi­ness, mainly look­ing to take care of a num­ber of small items as the cal­en­dar year winds down and the hol­i­day sea­son ap­proaches.

Hir­ing a tree trim­mer, pay­ing for lights in the new stor­age barn, and set­ting rules for the bas­ket­ball court were im­por­tant busi­ness items, but the coun­cil be­gan the ses­sion by open­ing sealed land bids.

The coun­cil opened sealed bids for the land sur­plus, lo­cated at 26 Wal­nut St., and the win­ner proved to be Melisa Hughes with a bid of $2,500. The only op­pos­ing bid was Charles Daniel’s bid of $600.

The coun­cil ap­proved the higher bid for Hughes, who lives across the street from the lots ap­proved for sur­plus dur­ing the Oc­to­ber meet­ing.

Hughes said that they haven’t de­cided yet on what they plan to do with the prop­erty.

The coun­cil ap­proved Boat­ner’s Tree Ser­vice as the busi­ness that will cruise the town streets and re­move any de­cay­ing, dead, or dan­ger­ous limbs that could cause fu­ture prob­lems. The $8,500 ser­vice will be paid from the spe­cial as­set ac­count.

“There’s no other tree ser­vices that will come around here any­more,” Pub­lic Works Su­per­in­ten­dent Daniel John­son said. “All Star is the only other one, and they shut down. This is one of those proac­tive things. This is for ev­ery sin­gle street in the city. This isn’t just search for them, this is go­ing up and down ev­ery sin­gle street.”

Aragon re­cently put to­gether a new stor­age barn, and the build­ing’s lights are the fin­ish­ing touches. The coun­cil ap­proved the to­tal spend­ing of $1,046.37 to out­fit the barn with light.

The fig­ure is bro­ken up into six dif­fer­ent ex­pen­di­tures in­clud­ing $277.97 for the wires, $579.82 for the lights them­selves, $51.00 for out­let boxes, $46.32 for weather boxes, $7.44 in blank cov­ers, and $83.82 in GFI out­lets all paid for via spe­cial as­sets and to be re­paid by SPLOST in­fra­struc­ture.

“These were the cheap­est prices. Me and Josh (Oz­ment) will be do­ing all the work on this as well — it’s not con­tracted out,” John­son said.

With Aragon’s bas­ket­ball court up and run­ning, the coun­cil made it an is­sue to place new rules for use of the court. The coun­cil strived for le­niency while tak­ing ref­er­ence from typi- cal bas­ket­ball court rules from other cities.

The fol­low­ing court rules were ap­proved:

In­spect the court be­fore sur­face be­fore you be­gin play.

No skate boards or bikes al­lowed on court.

Al­co­holic bev­er­ages and drugs are pro­hib­ited.

Spec­ta­tors and pets not al­lowed on the court dur­ing games.

No hang­ing from bas­ket­ball back­board, rim, or net.

Tag­ging or graf­fiti found on the play­ing sur­face or back board may re­sult in clo­sure.

Court avail­able for use dur­ing day­light hours only.

Use at your own risk. The last two rules were amended into the rule set by the coun­cil.

“One thing we need to add is day­light hours only,” Mayor Garry Bald­win said. “That’s it. When it starts get­ting dark head on home.”

“An­other thing is we need to add play at your own risk,” John­son said. “I feel like we need to add that.”

Be­fore ad­journ­ing, Judd Fee was wel­comed to the City Coun­cil as a new mem­ber who is ex­pected to take of­fice im­me­di­ately.

Linda Ill­burn and Arnold Wheeler were promptly ap­pointed to the Down­town Devel­op­ment Au­thor­ity.

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