The Adrian City Council met on October 10, 2022 at 6 p.m. at the Adrian Annex. In attendance were Mayor Wynola Smith and council members Jesse Yawn, Michelle Love, Orweco Hutchinson, Suzanne Hutchinson, and Robert Fountain Jr. Mayor Smith asked the council to amend the agenda to include a reading of the charter. Fountain made a motion to amend the agenda to include a reading of the charter. Hutchinson made a motion to adopt the agenda. The agenda was adopted.
Speaking on behalf of the public was Jason Bennett, Limb Committee Leader. Mr. Bennett shared some research he had done on what the city could do to dispose of limbs. He suggested getting a dumpster through Evans Disposal and estimated a cost of about $4,000 to $12,000 a year.
Next, Ginger Green spoke regarding dogs in town. Mrs. Green stated there have been several issues with two dogs around her neighborhood. The dogs have shown aggression and then attacked and killed one of her cats. She asked what was going on with the situation and how the dogs were still out when they attacked her cat. Mayor Smith asked for Chief Strickland’s account of the matter and he stated that he has reached out to Swainsboro Animal Control several times over the matter and the dogs were supposed to be picked up on the day of the attack but the animal control did not show. The mayor and council agreed to reach out to Animal Control to see what’s going on.
City resident Nick Alfonso spoke briefly about the millage rate and the city budget.
Yawn made a motion to adopt the August 5th Special Meeting Minute and Executive minutes and August 8th minutes and executive minutes. Motion was passed.
In unfinished business, Attorney Calhoun presented the second reading of the charter. Yawn asked about the districts being included. The council agreed to remove the districts from the charter and to include the posts. Revisions will be made.
The Bank Building Renovations were discussed. The work on the roof has been completed and Mayor Smith stated that the city is now taking bids for the interior renovations of the building. She asked to spread the word if anyone knows anyone who is interested. There is a scope of work already done.
Regarding the EPA Grant update, Mayor Smith stated everything should be ready to submit the grant in November 2022.
Mayor Smith went on to share the 2022 audit findings with the council and stated copies
are available at City Hall.
Regarding city upkeep, Mayor Smith stated city properties are starting to be cleared off. They have worked on the bank property and a property on Nora. She then shared that the tractor has been repaired after several months.
In new business:
The Yard of the Month for October 2022 was awarded to Milton Ricks.
Chief Strickland informed the council that the police charger is in the shop because the transmission needed to be replaced. They are unable to find a used transmission but found a rebuilt one for $4300. The council agreed they would rather sell the vehicle at auction.
As for Halloween festivities, Trunk-or-Treat will be held on October 31st from 6-8pm. Candy donations are being accepted at City Hall.
Mayor Smith announce the Adrian Baptist Church is holding an Appreciation Dinner for the city council, employees, fire department, and first responders.
The council agreed to go with the rollback millage rate of 9.336 and there will be
a meet adopting the millage rate on October 24th at 6:00pm.
Yawn made a motion to adopt the Emanuel County Joint Comprehensive Plan.