By Marla Ogletree

The Folkston City Council held its regularly scheduled meeting Monday, October 21.

During the meeting, the council heard from Folkston Police Chief Wesley Green, who stated the department answered 831 calls, including 28 incidents and seven accidents. The department collected $9,225.00 and $6,910.00 for the city. Green also stated there has been an addition of three new officers, Daniel Lightsey, Curtis Ford, and Wyatt Garvin.

Also during the meeting, City Manager Pender Lloyd told the council the first part of the water line of Reynolds Road is finished, the water is being hooked up, and residents should officially be on city water in a couple of weeks. He also told the council the EPD has declared a Level One drought, and they would begin to advertise water conservation information.

Antwon Nixon spoke to the council about the Martin Luther King, Jr. parade and event to be held in January. He stated everything is on schedule and going according to plan. Updates will be given closer to time.

Council members discussed the updates to the Homeland Bridge, located on Third Street by Unison Behavioral Health. The city received a grant of $500,000.00 from the DOT for part of restorations. The council approved a bid of $491,000.00 from Underground Excavating for the rest of the repairs.

The council approved a motion to officially change the name of Touchdown Lane to Champ Bailey Lane, which begins from U.S. 1 (across from the north Dollar General) to Champ Bailey Stadium.