Aragon coun­cil ap­proves sur­plus of garbage truck, cans

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By Kevin Myrick [email protected]­stan­dard­jour­

They ap­proved sur­plus of nu­mer­ous items, in­clud­ing the garbage truck, cans and a sin­gle axle trailer that were used for the for­mer Pub­lic Works­based col­lec­tions that is now be­ing over­seen by Waste In­dus­tries af­ter they won the bid from the city in Oc­to­ber.

New col­lec­tions be­gan at the start of Novem­ber, along with a new price for ser­vices. Res­i­dents are now pay­ing $20 a month for ser­vice, and se­niors still get a $3 dis­count but also got a price hike to $17 a month.

Aragon will be ad­ver­tis­ing the dump truck, sin­gle axle trailer and cans and take bids on their dis­po­si­tion through the end of Novem­ber and into the be­gin­ning of De­cem­ber, with the in­ten­tion of open­ing sealed of­fers and the coun­cil vot­ing on them dur­ing the next monthly ses­sion.

They also de­cided to sur­plus the city’s old po­lice ra­dio an­tenna, which is caus­ing more dam­age than good at this point. Out of use for sev­eral years since the clo­sure of Aragon’s Fire Depart­ment, the ra­dio an­tenna is now caus­ing roof dam­age from the guide wires which help keep it in place. Mayor Garry Bald­win and Pub­lic Works Su­per­in­ten­dent Daniel John­son both said the an­tenna must be re­moved be­fore the city can move for­ward with any re­pairs made to the struc­ture.

All the money from sur­plus items mi­nus the ra­dio an­tenna will go back into the city’s Spe­cial As­sets fund, which in an Oc­to­ber fi­nan­cial re­port showed an ac­count bal­ance of just $94.

City of­fi­cials said new funds were added back to the ac­count to the tune of $4,000, but the city is al­ready spend­ing some of that money on re­pairs to the city hall fire alarm sys­tem.

The to­tal cost of those re­pairs are $935 in a lone bid from Se­cure Source of Rock­mart, who did the install of the new sys­tem.

John­son ex­plained that when the city up­graded their se­cu­rity and fire sys­tem in past months, they found that five of the smoke detectors in­stalled pre­vi­ously and now con­nected up were found to be de­fec­tive and have to be re­placed.

It needs to be done be­fore the city en­acts a new false alarm or­di­nance, which was tabled for one more month to al­low for City At­tor­ney Zach Burkhal­ter to make ad­di­tional ad­just­ments to it’s lan­guage.

Burkhal­ter ex­plained to coun­cil mem­bers dur­ing their work ses­sion they would have to wait while he changed the or­di­nance to fix is­sues with penal­ties set aside

John­son said the city’s fix of fire alarms will be com­pleted be­fore the or­di­nance will go into ef­fect, which the city would find it­self vi­o­lat­ing with nu­mer­ous false alarms of their own over the past months with the de­fec­tive smoke alarms.

Bald­win told coun­cil mem­bers to be pre­pared to spend ex­tra funds if the con­trac­tor in­stalling the new alarms finds ad­di­tional de­fec­tive units dur­ing the in­stal­la­tion process, at more than $100 each.

City coun­cil mem­bers also ap­proved a new part time po­si­tion to take over clean­ing ser­vices of city hall. They’re look­ing for some­one willing to act as jan­i­tor on a four­day a week sched­ule for three hours a day to keep the Brenda Gaz­a­way Mu­ni­cial Com­plex up.

In the mo­tion, they also ap­proved an hourly wage of $9 an hour for the fu­ture em­ployee. Ap­pli­ca­tions for the po­si­tion are open, and those in­ter­ested can con­tact City Clerk Christie Langston at 770-684-6563 for more on how to ap­ply.

Langston told coun­cil mem­bers dur­ing their Novem­ber work ses­sion that their cur­rent $11 an hour be­ing paid for just four hours of work to a staffing com­pany to take care of city hall wasn’t nearly enough to keep the com­plex clean. Those also hav­ing to clean at city hall for com­mu­nity ser­vice re­quire­ments also aren’t do­ing enough to keep the build­ing clean.

Even Mu­nic­i­pal Court Judge Terry Wheeler added his sup­port to hir­ing some­one part time to do the work.

“It’s a full time job keep­ing a house clean,” Wheeler said. “This build­ing is three times the size of a reg­u­lar house.”

Also, the coun­cil de­cided what to do with their K-9 vest and equip­ment used to trans­port Nero pre­vi­ously pur­chased in a swap for a ve­hi­cle from the Polk County Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

The city were in ne­go­ti­a­tions to sell the vest to the City of White af­ter their pur­chase of Nero in the past months, but wanted the vest for less than Aragon coun­cil mem­bers were willing to part with it for. In­stead, the city re­ceived an of­fer from the Sher­iff’s Of­fice lo­cally to trade their K-9 ve­hi­cle for an­other pa­trol ve­hi­cle in ser­vice by deputies cur­rently.

Bald­win pro­posed and coun­cil mem­bers agreed that they would con­trib­ute the K-9 vest to the Sher­iff’s Of­fice for one of their two new dogs in ser­vice as a way to give back to the Coun­ty­wide Drug Task Force, since the depart­ment wasn’t able to lend an of­fi­cer to the cause.

John­son added that in the past, the city bor­rowed a po­lice cruiser from the Sher­iff’s Of­fice dur­ing tough times, and didn’t re­turn it for sev­eral years af­ter adding many miles to the odome­ter, and to a point where it was put up for sur­plus af­ter Aragon’s of­fi­cers used it.

“They re­ally helped us out dur­ing a tough time,” John­son said.

Aragon’s Down­town De­vel­op­ment Author­ity also got a new def­i­ni­tion of their area for pro­mo­tion af­ter city coun­cil mem­bers ap­proved of a new ter­ri­tory map.

Bald­win said the Aragon’s DDA was pre­vi­ously mostly fo­cused on a small por­tion of the High­way 101 cor­ri­dor, which has only one busi­ness within the old bor­ders. The new map in­cludes ar­eas of the mill vil­lage, Vul­can’s quarry, the old mill and a longer stretch of High­way 101.

It and all the other items up for vote other than the first read­ing of the city’s false alarm or­di­nance passed in 3-0 votes. Coun­cil mem­ber Can­dace Seiz wasn’t present for ei­ther the work or reg­u­lar ses­sion for Novem­ber.

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