Status of City Projects Are Topics of Council Meeting

The Jamestown City Council met in regular monthly session on Monday, December 12 in a busy but brief meeting with all members present.

This was the first official meeting for newly-elected Mayor Darlene Monday Davis and Council Members Bob Bow, Becky Duncan, and Elizabeth Pendergrass, who joined Charles Cooper and Vaneesa Matthews, who were re-elected from the previous council.

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Darlene Davis, who welcomed a rather large gathering at City Hall.

Following approval of the minutes of the November 14 meeting, the various reports were given.

Mayor Davis reported that work is finishing up on the Community Center Park, with only about 100 feet of sidewalk and some cleanup work needed to complete that project, and that work was also progressing inside the Community Center building.

She further reported that the Airport Renovation Project was moving along well, with the new T-Hangars expected to be completed within the next 3 weeks, and other city projects were progressing on schedule.

City Engineer Tom Bennett reported that the only major project he is presently working on was the water system study, and suggested that the newly-elected council members meet with him for a field trip and work session to bring them up to date on the progress of the study, and recommended that this be done sometime in January after the holidays.

Building Inspector Bob Lane reported that he had been working with a firm and there was a very high probability that a new medical facility might be locating here soon.  He further stated that he was continuing to work on codes, and as the city Health Officer, he was also working on some issues of bedbug and roach infestation in some areas which were needing to be addressed.

City Attorney Baley Allred reported that he had been working on developing a list of things he had been working on with the former council, and would be going over this with Mayor Davis.  He further said that there were some ordinances which needed to be codified that he was continuing to work on.

City Building Inspector Lane then stated that the Planning Commission was working on some new municipal codes, and felt that it would be beneficial for the new council members to meet with the Planning Commission at their next meeting on December 27th.

Under “Old Business,” Requests for Proposals had been made for an engineer and planner for the CDBG Sewer Grant Project, and the only proposals submitted had been from Grassroots Consulting for the Planning and Bennett Associates for the Engineering.

On a motion by Bob Bow, seconded by Charles Cooper, the Council voted to approve both these firms to provide these services.

City Engineer Tom Bennett then addressed the council, noting that the past four times that the city had submitted a CDBG Grant application, that they had been successful each time, but this was a very competitive process.

He said that while the city’s highest priority was replacing the main city sewer pumping station, that this project might not have the highest probability for getting a grant approved.

Read the rest of the story in this Weeks Fentress Courier.