At Tuesday night’s meeting of the Piedmont City Council, Mayor Bill Baker informed the council that he had been approached by Centre-based storm chaser Tracy Delevie with the Cherokee/Calhoun County Storm Chasers to use two of the city’s abandoned radio frequencies in the group’s work to track tornados.
Baker asked the council to consider a contract that would give the storm chasers use of the frequency for just $1. The agreement could be terminated at any time following a two week notice, Baker said. The council is expected to vote on the proposal at the next meeting.
At the request of Oliver Cook, council agreed to draft a resolution to take over the road inside of Cook’s Mobile Home Park. According to the mayor, the city would then be responsible for filling potholes and other minor repairs.
Bills for payment were approved in the amount of $438,556.85 in addition to a payroll amount of $156,740.40 for a total of $595,297.25.
Rod Johnson was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Parks and Recreation Board.
Local author and four-time cancer survivor, Venicia Butler, was honored as the Piedmont Journal’s “Person of the Year” for her work providing chemotherapy patients with care bags through her Venicia’s Foundation. Butler, who received a raucous applause by a standing room only crowd, said that she was shocked to receive the award and gave words of encouragement to others who have been diagnosed with cancer. Butler is currently battling cancer for the fifth time.
Also recognized, were the Piedmont youth football A-Team and cheerleaders following a perfect 11-0 season. According to Head Coach Mike Hayes, the Bulldogs averaged a score of 41-6 per game. Mayor Baker also noted that the team handed Cedartown their first lost in four years.
The next regular Piedmont City Council Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 20th, at 6 pm.