The Folkston City Council held its regularly scheduled meeting Monday, July 15.
During the meeting, the council heard from Folkston Police Chief, Wesley Green. He shared the department received 848 calls, 34 incidents, and eight accidents. They collected $13,984.00, and $10,205.00 for the city. Chief Green also stated Officer Lightsey is now in the police academy.
Also durning the meeting, City Manager Pender Lloyd stated he will attend a pre-bid conference in August for the Homeland Road Bridge project, and hopes to begin advertising for design build contracts by August, then attend a pre-bid conference, and anticipates opening bids September 5. Afterwards, the contractor will be given a Notice to Proceed for construction after all utilities are moved. They have already received a temporary Notice to Proceed for advertising for bids for the Tower Road projects, which will occur in two phases. The first phase will be from Main Street to Love Street, and then from Love Street to Garden Street. He also told the council he would be meeting with the USDA on the up-coming Sewer Plant Project about budget items. He stated he would get the numbers together, as the USDA is basing the amount of revenue needed on amounts from five years ago. He told the council that the water and sewer revenue is currently split 50/50 under one group, however USDA requires the water and sewer revenue be separated into their own categories. He expects this project to go out to bid by the end of this year. He also announced he will be ordering stop signs for the new four-way stop on Sixth and Martin Streets.
In other news, the council approved the amount for the Surplus Bids, Council member Ruby Baker accepted the position on the Southern Georgia Area Ageny on Aging, replacing Brooke Taylor, and Mayor Lee Gowen reminded councilmen Rob Roberson, Pardner Davis, and Stanley Golazewski of the qualifying dates, which are August 19-23.