It was a lengthy agenda for the Centre City Council on Tuesday. Cherokee County Historical Museum Director Kathy Marko was present to give the council a brief update on the status of the facility including upcoming events and projects.
Harold Day was reappointed to serve on the Centre Water Works and Sewer Board for another six year term and the council also discussed options for changing internet service providers at the police department.
The council also adopted a memorandum of understanding between the city and the E 9-1-1 Board, the terms of which will lower the current contract rate the city pays from $105,836.34 to $92,253.07 through October, 2017.
Mayor Tony Wilkie also stated that the annual Run 4 Val us coming up next month, the city has always given $500 to help purchase the t-shirts and the council has voted to once again make that contribution.
Parks and Recreation Director presented a contract with Buffalo Rock for scoreboards at the baseball and softball facilities. The contract is for five years and the scoreboards will be LED.
Mayor Wilkie also said that the city had received a letter from Apartment Services and Management Inc. from Auburn, the company was the employer of Cedar Bluff resident Paula Mitchell who recently passed away.
Mayor Wilkie also stated the Corporal Brent Grimes has submitted his letter of resignation to take the position as Police Chief in Leesburg, the council approved a posting for certified and non certified officers and also approved the purchase of a new light bar for one of the new police department vehicles in the amount of $995.
Some lengthy discussion was given to a recent meeting Mayor Wilkie had with DOT officials concerning the speed limits near the Dixie Youth Baseball Fields, DOT preformed a survey across the city where there are state and federal highways and are willing to allow the speed limit to be change. However, Mayor Wilkie said that there were some things that were concerning one of those concerns was DOT recommending that the speed limit on Main Street be raised from 35 to 45 however city officials that is not going to happen.
Mayor Wilkie said that officers will be patrolling and monitoring the area to make sure that the traffic is obeying the posted speed limit and that verbal and written warnings will be issued. Wilkie said that the safety of the citizens is of the utmost importance and the council will be sending a letter to DOT recommending that the speed limit be left as is.
DOT has also recommended that the traffic lights at College Street & Main Street across from Centre First Baptist Church be removed. The criteria that was used when the traffic light was installed was contingent upon Centre Middle School being on Main Street and now that the school is gone DOT is planning on removing the signal.
The council is also going to send a letter is response to this particular situation asking them to keep the traffic light at College & Main Street.
At the recommendation of Parks & Recreation Director the council passed a motion which will require all Dixie Youth and Softball Coaches to undergo National Background Checks as is required by the insurance company.