The Folkston City Council met Monday, December 14. Councilman Pardner Davis was absent.

During the meeting, the council heard from City Police Chief Wesley Green, who gave his monthly report. He stated the department investigated 22 incident reports, 11 accidents, and answered 1,318 calls. A total of $13,119.00 was collected with $10,118.89 going to Folkston.

City Manager Pender Lloyd alerted the council that contracts for the Tower Street project were signed. The project should begin the third week of January, 2021. He also said the Third Street project has been completed and is only waiting on invoices. Lloyd said there were vacuum trucks in town earlier that were cleaning out and videoing sewer lines. He said the company did find problems, but they were expected. The trucks have temporarily moved on to another job, but will be back.

The council received a report from the Chamber of Commerce Director Dana O’Quinn highlighting the recent events, including Business After Hours, Christmas on Main, and a Live Nativity. She shared future events she hopes the chamber can host in 2021. 

Also during the meeting, the council voted to approve the Resolution for Call of Special Election to fill the vacant seat following the passing of Councilman Stanley Golaszewski. The election will be held March 16, 2021. The motion was made and passed unanimously.

The council also renewed the agreement with the Board of Education, which places city officers at Charlton County High School, Folkston Elementary and Bethune Middle Schools. Officer Mike Maddox is stationed at CCHS, while Officer Kurtis Ford covers FES and BMS. Chief Green stated everything is going well, and the motion was passed unanimously. 

The January meeting for the Folkston City Council was rescheduled for January 11 at 6:30 p.m. due to falling on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

The agreement with Satilla Probation was approved, pending no changes. Beer and Wine applications were received from local food marts and will be revisited in January.

Elaine Bailey told the council citizen Antwon Nixon, who was unable to attend the meeting, called and alerted her the speed bumps from the county were installed, but he was interested in another speed bump. Lloyd told her the stop signs they ordered have not been received yet but will be installed as soon as they are received. Once the signs are put in place, the city will watch to see if they help and will revisit the idea of a speed bump. Chief Green stated he has spoken with the Sheriff’s Office to discuss patrols being placed in the neighborhood in an effort to keep drivers slowed.

Plans were discussed for a “Get Out and Vote – Ride the Blue Wave” rally (in support of Jon Ossoff, Raphael Warnock and Daniel Blackman) Friday, December 18. A convoy, lead by a bus, will drive through town to the Deuce Lloyd Recreation Complex, where a speaker will address those in attendance.

Concerned citizens asked for patrols at Hwy. 252, where the road is being paved to check for speeders. Mayor Lee Gowen shared there are a lot of tickets given on that road.

Before adjourning the meeting, Mayor Gowen wished everyone a Merry Christmas and said he hopes everyone gets to see their family and reminded them to stay safe. He also expressed he hopes the COVID vaccine will help abolish the virus. Local pastor Terrance Pender asked if there will be a place to receive the vaccine. Mayor Gowen stated he will call the health department and see what he can find out for him.

The next meeting will be Monday, January 11 at 6:30 p.m.