A regularly scheduled meeting for the City of Homeland occurred on Thursday, September 9. All members were present except for council members Lisa Nettles and Mark Williams. The council approved minutes from the August 12 meeting and August 20 special-called meeting, along with August’s financial report.

The Homeland Police Department and Fire Department reported that everything is going well.

Water and Public Works Supervisor Wesley Crews updated the council regarding the water department, streets and sanitation, cemeteries, and parks and recreation. Crews said their truck has had some problems, but it is now up and running. New trash cans will likely come in by the end of next month due to being delayed.

Council member Jon Finsness, a member of the Clean Community Board, said there are four new homes to possibly serve citations and two letters to send out.

Council member L.C. Guinn updated the council on the CDBG MIT (North Homeland Drainage Improvements). The project is progressing, but they are waiting on the engineers to survey the ground to get started.

For the LMIG Projects (Grading/Draining) on Nature Trails, E and W Hazel, Orange, Grande and Ohio Streets), Guinn said half of the streets are completed. Ohio Street, Orange Street, Grand Avenue and Broadway are finished. He expected to have E and W Hazel completed sometime this week.

As discussed at last month’s meeting, the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) are expected to pay for new water meters. Homeland is using Consolidated Pipe and Supply Company, Inc. to replace and integrate new meters throughout town. Crews said a contractor is to come in to replace the meters, but the company has to change over the meters and serial numbers beforehand. Homeland is also receiving software to help read the new meters and further explained meter parts, pricing, installation time, warranty and replacement time. Crews expects the software to be implemented by the end of October.

Afterward, Gwaltney gave an update on Georgia Code 48. He presented the council with Homeland’s ordinance draft for RV parks, which is still underway.

The council then moved onto new business. Mayor Ouida Johnson said the City of Homeland has yet to buy new furniture. As mentioned in last month’s meeting, the 2021 SPLOST proceeds will buy furniture for the City Council building.

Council member Kip Taylor asked members to consider putting up a street lamp near the council building to discourage late-night antics. Johnson mentioned that one solution could be cutting on the building’s outdoor lights. Gwaltney said that is a good start, but he recommended hanging a light on a pole with a power outlet. The motion was passed to better outdoor lighting near the City Council building.

Lastly, the council recognized visitors. Homeland resident Molly McGee requested the council put in four-way stops near the city’s parks to cut down on speeding. McGee lives near Peach and Central Street, and she said the stop could prevent a child’s getting killed by a speeding car.

The council approved a four-way stop, and Crews said she can expect signs up in, at most, two weeks. The motion was passed.

The council then adjourned without an executive session at 7:28 p.m. The next scheduled meeting is on Thursday, October 14 at 7:00 p.m.