The Folkston City Council met in both January and February for regularly scheduled meetings.
During the January meeting, Chief Wesley Green stated the Police Department filed 35 incident reports, investigated four accidents and answered 1,442 calls during the month of December. The department collected $15,782.31 with the city’s portion being $12,304.44.
The beer and wine licenses for JSK Food Mart and OM Food Mart were approved.
Also during the meeting, Mayor Gowen informed the council that he has been talking with Department of Transportation to try to obtain extra funding for resurfacing Main Street. The 2021 LMIG funds will not be enough to cover the cost of the project.
Pastor Terrance Pender provided information for the MLK festivities and Mrs. Elaine Bailey stated recognition would be given to Ministries like Family Connection that were responsible for food drives and the traveling nurses from our county for their services.
During the February meeting, Chief Green stated the police department filed 40 incident reports, investigated nine accidents, and answered 1,262 calls in the month of January. The department collected $9,721.00 with the city’s portion being $7,486.13.
City Manager Pender Lloyd stated the Tower Street project has begun and while there will be a mess, the end result will be much better. He also alerted the board of a proposal in the works from Elections Supervisor Brenda Hodges who would like to combine the City Hall, Fire Station and American Legion voting precincts to create a new polling place at the county annex building. If approved, the new voting area will be in effect in November. Mayor Gowen stated if it is easier on her and the city he saw no issue. The council agreed.
The motion was made to approve the city’s budget, which seems to have gone up due to SPLOST funds, but with additional expenditures, the budget will be even. The millage rate was also approved, with a decrease of .01 to 7.397.
Also approved were the resolutions from FNB South and Southeastern Bank to give employees access to write checks on the behalf of the city as well as remove the late Stanley Golazewski.
The council voted to change the date of the March meeting from March 15 to March 8 at 6:00 p.m. Representatives from Folkston are looking into refinancing some old debt to see if it will save the city money. The only time the company could meet was during the regular meeting. No workshop will be held.
Concerned citizen Antwon Nixon addressed the council to readdress the need for speed bumps on Laura Street. Stop signs have been received and will be placed in the same area, however Nixon stated he has seen area stop signs ignored. The county has installed speed bumps on its side of Laura Street, which has helped but racing has now begun to come from the other direction. Nixon said he would like the council to consider placing speed bumps to end racing in all directions and reduce the risk of incidents. The council agreed to continue discussion.
The council entered into executive session to discuss personnel. No action was taken.
The next meeting will be held Monday, March 8 at 6:00 p.m.