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Glenwood Plans Resurfacing Projects, Seeks Sanitation Changes

In its regular meeting on October 6, the Glenwood City Council discussed plans for using the FY ‘21 Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant (LMIG). The grant is administered to city and county governments by the Georgia Department of Education and requires a 10% match from the city. The upcoming year’s resurfacing project has been approved and will consist of the resurfacing of Gillis Street and Roberson Street. The Council also discussed changes to the City’s garbage pickup arrangements. The discussion centered around whether the City should continue to oversee garbage pickup or whether a company should come in and take it over. The Council gave Mayor GM Joiner permission to contact companies to gather information and/or proposals. The topic will be discussed in further detail at the next Council meeting. An issue with the city’s Sewer Water Intake, which actually deals with water from the landfills, not the sewer, was also on the Council’s agenda. It was decided that this discussion would be postponed until a representative from Hofstadter and Associates, the engineering firm in charge of the proposed project, and a representative from Tindall Enterprises, the company that oversees the city’s sewage treatment, could be present to explain what the project would entail.

Following this, an update concerning the city’s CARES Act Funding was given. Glenwood applied for $34,078.00 in CARES Act reimbursement and was granted approval for all of the funds requested. Items purchased included a new pick-up truck, a laptop, soap dispensers, hand sanitizer dispensers, refills for dispensers, various cleaning and disinfecting supplies, sick leave for city employees, and contract labor pay. The Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) provided masks free of charge to the City. A picture of the masks in use was taken after the meeting and emailed to GMA.

The Council approved Trick-or-Treating on October 31, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. but decided that the City would not participate in the traditional Halloween activities, including the annual Trunk-or-Treat, for liability reasons. The City strongly discourages families from participating as well because of COVID-19 protocol. The Christmas Parade was tentatively approved at the September meeting and a final decision about whether it should take place will be discussed at the November Council meeting.

During the session it was announced that Street Supervisor Brian O’Quinn is leaving the City to take a new job. The City is in the process of interviewing two individuals to potentially fill the position.

The next Council meeting will take place at 7 p.m. on November 3, at Glenwood City Hall.

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