Aragon coun­cil seeks pol­icy for quick no­tice of events

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

The Aragon Coun­cil is look­ing to stay ahead of trou­ble with a new 48-hour in­form­ing pol­icy.

While not originally on the agenda, coun­cil mem­ber Judd Fee sug­gested the city clerk should in­form the group of any dras­tic changes or events re­lated to the city within two days.

Since the coun­cil mem­bers meet monthly and typ­i­cally work out­side of city hall, the group’s pol­icy dis­cus­sion is of­ten based on is­sues brought to their at­ten­tion in weeks prior.

Now, if some­one were to quit or an im­por­tant piece of prop­erty were to be de­stroyed as ex­am­ples, the 48-hour pol­icy would en­sure the coun­cil mem­bers could plan res­o­lu­tions much quicker.

“I want ev­ery­body to con­sider mak­ing a mo­tion where we’re (the coun­cil) no­ti­fied 48 hours af­ter some­thing dras­tic hap­pens up here,” Fee said. “Like wrecked po­lice cars, like no in­sur­ance on those po­lice cars.”

The coun­cil also looked ahead to the Aragon BBQ and ap­proved East Coast Py­rotech­nics as the fire­works ven­dor once again. As Mayor Garry Bald­win put it, the city has been buy­ing from the com­pany for so long that they didn’t con­sider so­lic­it­ing bids from other com­pa­nies.

At $3,937.50, the bill is higher than in pre­vi­ous years, but with the event com­ing up in the sum­mer, the coun­cil felt there was no time to gather rates from other sup­pli­ers.

East Coast Py­rotech­nics isn’t the only com­pany the city filed a con­tract with dur­ing their March meet­ing. Georgia Real­tors was of­fi­cially ap­proved to sell a slice of city prop­erty on Rome High­way. The lot’s ini­tial price is listed for $9,000, but 10 per­cent is pledged to the bro­ker fee upon clos­ing and 4.5 per­cent is pledged to any co­op­er­at­ing bro­ker.

Georgia Real­tors will be in charge of the sale un­til March 3, 2020, and at $9,000, the com­bined bro­ker fee would be $1,305 plus any ad­di­tional costs for the ser­vice. The price may fluc­tu­ate over the year, but the city is set to earn at least $7,695 from the sale.

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