The Folkston City Council had a regularly scheduled meeting, Monday, August 19.
During the meeting, Chief Wesley Green gave the monthly Police Report. Chief Green stated the department answered 870 calls, investigated 10 accidents, and 37 incident reports. The department totaled $6,328.00 in fees, with $4,583.95 going to the city.
Also during the meeting, the council heard from Don Crews, CPA. He told the city they were in good shape financially. The total net position increased from $9,764,099 in 2017 to $10,518,380 in 2018. A lot of the increase was due to state grants received by Folkston.Crews stated the city is doing a great job addressing infrastructure, and is overall in great financial shape. The audit has also been accepted by the state. The board also approved to amend the 2018 budget.
The coucnil also heard from City Manager Pender Lloyd , who updated the city on the upcoming road projects, and announced the city would hopefully go to bid for the Homeland Park Bridge near Unison in September.
The City Council discussed the GMA’s Telecommunication and Right of Way Management Program. As a part of the Right of Way Ordinance for Folkston, companies must acquire a Right of Way construction permit to install any equipment. The program will manage the upkeep of permits, fees, charges, and more for the city. They will ensure the city receives the correct payments, and all is in order. The cost will be $2,618.00 for one year. The motion was made to approve the agreement, and passed unanimously.
The City of Folkston also agreed to to be a part of the Complete Count Committee for the U.S. Census Bureau. The city will work with the county to encourage all citizens to participate in events and initiatives that will raise awareness and participation in the cencus to ensure all persons are counted correctly. The amount of people in a city, county, and state determines the amount of money each entity could receive in grants for projects such as roads, bridges, fire safety, and more.
An agreement was received from CSX Transportation for the piece of property rented by the city. The agreement states CSX will charge $1,170.00, an increase of $270.00 from the original $900.00, and will increase by three percent every year. It is also states if the city does not respond within 45 days, the lease will be accepted with the new amount. No action was taken.