Resident asks about pet  ordinances, signs at events

Before the start of the meeting, Mayor Lee Gowen and council membes Ruby Baker and Bruce Young were sworn in. The members ran unopposed in the November 2021 election, and they will now serve another four years. 

The City of Folkston met on Monday, January 6 at 6:30 p.m., and city council member Jim Gowen was absent. The council firstly approved the amended agenda, last month’s minutes and the income and expense statements.

Mayor Lee Gowen asked City Manager Pender Lloyd the status of some large purchases and projects. Lloyd stated the city has yet to pay for the Main Street Project because the invoice has not come in yet. He thinks they will receive the invoice once the company completes the road stripes.

There was no police department report, so it will be presented at next month’s meeting.

Lloyd reported that they received the LMIG funds for milling and repaving a section of Dixie Lake Road. Council member Bruce Young asked Lloyd to look at a section of Milton Street and Mt. Carmel Street where there is a hole. It is in the works to be fixed.

There is no update on the sewer grant application; the notice was extended to the end of the month.

Reggie Smith with Jalen’s, Inc. applied for a beer, wine and liquor application for on-premises consumption. The business has a license in the past, but it expired once it began primarily using the drive-thru. Lloyd said they will be making sure the business will be operating as a restaurant when distributing. The application has to sit “on the table” for 30 days before going to the state.

Pastor Terrance Pender shared that the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade was on Monday at 11:00 a.m. with service at noon at the Chatham-Mobley Park.

Pender mentioned a few items to Lloyd, including the road going onto Milton and Mt. Carmel, a washed-out curb on Pinewood Street and the necessity of either a light or sidewalk on Pinewood Street. Lloyd mentioned tackling the curb on Pinewood sometime in the future, but it is on the city’s radar.

At a previous meeting, Elaine Bailey asked the council if there were any way to implement ordinances or signs limiting pets at events - a topic that had also been brought up at a previous meeting where both the council, city manager, police department, and chamber discussed increasing signage for future events. On Monday’s meeting, Bailey asked if the council had talked further on the topic as she has been at the most recent chamber meeting where she had also brought up the issue

Lloyd said that the chamber could work on putting out more signs at their events, and so will the city. After some discussion, Gowen told Bailey they will get will Dana O’Quinn, executive director of the Okefenokee Chamber of Commerce, on the matter.

The meeting adjourned at 6:47 p.m., and the next one is scheduled for Monday, February 21 at 6:30 p.m.