For the second time in less than two months, the Piedmont City Council voted against adding a 2-cent per gallon tax to the sale of gasoline. Council Member Frank Cobb first presented the plan last November that would have potentially paved approximately 15 miles of city streets.
Officials said the tax would generate about $80,000 per year in additional revenue, which would be used to cover a 20-year bond issue of $1.25 million, making the project possible. The measure failed to pass with a 3-2 vote.
After failing to receive the required unanimous vote at the previous meeting, the council, on Tuesday, voted against declaring a parcel of land surplus. The Centre Avenue and Church Street property was thought to be the future home of the historic Ruby Roberts House.
The land needed to be declared surplus before it could be put up for sale. With the historical society now being unable to purchase the land, the fate of the house remains uncertain. If no other property is found, the house is expected to be demolished in mid-March.
Additionally, two Parks and Recreation Department lawnmowers were declared surplus. Money generated by the sale of the mowers will go toward the purchase of two new mowers.
After giving their verbal approval at the previous meeting, in a 4-1 vote, the council passed a resolution officially de-annexing a rural property at the request of local resident and property owner Terry Studdard.
In other business, with a 3-2 vote, the council agreed to maintain the current salary for the mayor and council for the foreseeable future.
The council also agreed to allow the utilities department to begin the search for an additional lineman.
Bills for payment were approved in the amount of $258,826.96 in addition to a payroll amount of $111,821.32 for a total of $370,648.28.
The next regular Piedmont City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 16th, at 6 pm.