2017-12-13 / Front Page

Council appoints City Marshal, prepares to adopt 2018 budget

The Blakely City Council held their final regular council meeting Dec. 5 with Mayor Anthony Howard presiding and councilmen Frank Thornton, James Crozier, Al Hutchins and Charles Middleton attending.

Mayor Howard announced James Copp had been appointed to the new position of City Marshall. Copp is presently the assistant 911 director.

According to the job description included in the city’s employment ad for the position, the City Marshal, under the direction of the Mayor, will enforce all city ordinances and building/zoning codes.

The City Marshal will be required to meet the following qualifications within six months: Georgia Association of Code Enforcement certification; Building Officials Association of Georgia Level II certification; complete International Code Council Certification; and become P.O.S.T. certified law enforcement officer.

Mayor Anthony Howard noted Code Enforcement and Building Inspection is being merged with creation of the City Marshal Office.

Howard also noted present building official

Kenneth Jones will remain with the city as a part time employee.

The council adopted resolutions to reapply for a Community Development Block Grant and to provide for five percent local matching funds.

Monies from the proposed grant are for the “North Avenue project” which includes sewer rehab and some housing improvements. Total cost of the project is projected to be approximately $1 million.

The council held the first reading of an ordinance providing for adoption of a budget for 2018. A budget hearing is scheduled for Dec. 13 and the budget will be adopted at a special meeting Dec. 20.

The council held the first reading of cell tower ordinance providing rules and regulations for the construction of cell towers.

The council also held the first reading of an ordinance regulating commercial truck traffic in residential areas in the city.

The proposed ordinance repeals and replaces sections defining commercial trucks, describes prohibited operation in residential areas, establishes truck routes with- in the city and provides punishment for violations.

The following truck routes are established in the new ordinance: the portions of U.S. 27 (North Main south to railroad tracks), Georgia State Routes 62, 39, 200 and 363 within the city limits, Arlington Street from intersection with U.S. 27 southeasternly to railroad track and continuing 1,465 feet to sign designating end of truck route.

The council approved a request for a mobile home out of compliance located at 250 and 256 North Avenue.

Tracy Robinson addressed the city council concerning non-conforming mobile home.

The meeting dates for 2018 council meeting have been set for the first Tuesday of each month.

The council reappointed Councilman Hutchins and Freddy Speight to the Southwest Georgia Regional Commission.

The council approved off-system sales deposits into the Municipal Competitive Trust and accepted a quit claim deed from John Patrick Howard of Tallahassee, Fla., for a tract of property located between North Main St. and North Ave.

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