The Homeland City Council held a regularly scheduled meeting Thursday, August 8.

During the meeting, the council announced the addition of Officer Mike King, of the Charlton County Sheriff’s Office, to the Homeland Police Department part time.

Also during the meeting, Public Works Supervisor Blair Nixon announced the city received a water violation by the EPD, and gave the council ideas on how to correct the issues. He advised installing flushing stations on Paxton Road and East Hazel Street at the cost of $2,000 each. The system would be installed at the end of  the line hydrant. They would be able to receive samples six to 800 feet upstream from the station. The system must be installed within 60 days. The council agreed to come up with a plan and design for the system. No action was taken.

Nixon also told the city the department received the new Bush Hog and it is working well, but there is an issue with the tractor, which is being fixed. He  also stated the Country Clipper mower is running, and city employees are replacing the pump on the Dixie Chopper. The council ultimately agreed to look for a new mower after grass-cutting season.

Councilman Jon Finsness spoke to the rest of the members about a community clean-up day, and having roll-back dumpsters placed at city hall for a week to help with involvement. He also asked the council to look into updating an ordinance for cleanliness on private property within Homeland, and adding a Code Enforcer to help implement the changes. They discussed the cost of sending Nixon to classes and looking into obtaining a city attorney. No action was taken.

Council members were updated on the upcoming renovations to Old Dixie Highway, which will begin the middle of the month. They were also told there was only one fence panel left to be moved from city property on Broadway Street back onto the citizen’s personal property. There are however, vehicles in a ditch, which must also be moved. Office Brad Todd said he would look into the issue.

In other news, the council agreed to purchase a 16-foot farm gate for Waughtel Park at the cost of $100 and discussed updating the Work Place Drug Policy.

The council went into executive session regarding personnel matter, but no action was taken.