The Folkston City Council held a regularly scheduled meeting Monday, June 17.
During the meeting, the council approved the Southern Georgia Regional Commission Agreement for the cemetery management system, which will cost $8,551-$15,000.00 in services and should take about a year to complete. In this agreement, the Regional Commission will go to local cemeteries, map them with a GPS system, and upload the information at Folkston City Hall. The public will be able to access the record, which will allow citizens to find a headstone with ease, as well as knowing which plot belongs to whom, and more. Visitors will be able to search the information, but will not have access to change it. The data will be monitored and updated by the commission.
Also during the meeting, the council heard the Folkston Police Report, given by Chief Wesley Green. Chief Green stated the department investigated 26 incidents in the month of May, 12 accidents, and 880 calls. The department collected $9,337.00 in funds, with $6,791.99 going to the city. Chief Green also notified members the FPD has received their new patrol car and already have it working. He also recommended Daniel Lightsey for the open position, who is set to start September 27, 2019.
City Manager Pender Lloyd told the council he currently has the summer help working, but may need to add another, as one of the helpers will be with the youth ministry from Philadelphia Free Will Baptist Church. He also stated he will begin working on the budget for 2020.
Members approved the second reading of the Bulk Water Fees, as well as the Windstream and telephone upgrades, which will save $150.00 a month on the city’s phone bill.
Members commented how nice the Veterans Park looks, and expressed interest in possibly pulling out the metal grates, which are being destroyed from the roots of trees, from the sidewalks and filling the empty space with mulch. The decision was made to pull one tree to see if the plan will work.