Rock­mart Coun­cil has light ses­sion for March

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By Sean Wil­liams [email protected]­hoo.com

The Rock­mart Coun­cil breezed through their lat­est meet­ing with only a few ad­min­is­tra­tive items to vote on, but lo­cals will be glad to hear the group for­mally agreed to make bud­get ad­just­ments to bet­ter meet pub­lic safety needs.

The ex­act amended num­bers were not spec­i­fied, but the Pub­lic Safety Depart­ment is re­spon­si­ble for ev­ery­thing from law en­force­ment to ve­hi­cle reg­u­la­tion. More funds be­ing at­trib­uted to the depart­ment could mean ad­di­tional po­lice of­fi­cers, safety equip­ment, and much more.

With lit­tle other busi­ness dur­ing the March 12 meet­ing, the group of­fered re­ports on up­com­ing events and plans.

“To­mor­row, we will be pour­ing con­crete over at the rec field as part of our re­stroom ex­pan­sion,” City Man­ager Jeff Ellis said dur­ing their March 12 ses­sion. “The weather’s sup­posed to hold to­mor­row (Wed­nes­day, March 13), and they’re sup­posed to be there first thing in the morn­ing to pour that con­crete.”

Af­ter pour­ing, Ellis re­ported that only a few tasks such as paint­ing the ex­te­rior will be left un­til the job is fin­ished.

“We just hope the weather will co-op­er­ate so we can get that build­ing painted be­fore the ac­tual sea­son be­gins,” Ellis said.

Coun­cil mem­ber Sher­man Ross also of­fered some up­dates with Re­think Rock­mart — a lo­cal group ded­i­cated to re­vi­tal­iza­tion projects and hous­ing is­sues that he helped found — and an­nounced they would be meet­ing again at the end of March.

“Since our last meet­ing, our Re­think Rock­mart com­mit­tee sent a group out on a re­treat for our re­vi­tal­iza­tion pro­gram,” Ross shared. “We’ve come up with a plan to more con­sis­tently press the Aban­doned Prop­erty Or­di­nance and hope­fully tak­ing some very neg­a­tive sit­u­a­tions to our Mu­nic­i­pal Court.”

The group will meet again on the last Thurs­day of the month, March 28, and plans for their spring cleanup day are un­der­way.

Those in­ter­ested in at­tend­ing Rock­mart meet­ings can visit city hall on the sec­ond Tues­day of each month be­gin­ning at 7 p.m.

Sean Wil­liams /

May­ore Steve Miller and City Man­ager Jeff Ellis worked through agenda items dur­ing the Rock­mart City Coun­cil’s March ses­sion.

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