The Comer City Council held a lengthy and occasionally contentious meeting Monday night, with members disagreeing on upgrading the city’s water treatment pond. Councilman Howard Threlkeld moved to sign a contract with the Blue Frog treatment company to install their equipment in the pond. His motion was seconded by Kevin Booth. Jimmy Yarborough, Laquita Bridges and Mayor David McMickle voted “No.”
The council then voted to have public works supervisor Willis Gabriel to install a buffer and second aerator as previously discussed.
Blue Frog system has installed approximately 20 aerator systems in the past five years. The nearest to Madison County is in Royston.
The council agreed to send in a request to the EPD for the modification, but not to allow the firm of Carter and Sloop to prepare the letter. Gabriel will determine if he can prepare the letter, or find other help in doing so.
Several city officials expressed concern about Carter and Sloop’s recent service.
Several governmental agencies are teaming together to build a much-needed turn lane at Comer Elementary School. The Department of Education will relocate the school’s entry sign. The City of Comer will be in charge of relocating utilities. The Madison County Road Department will grade and prepare the bed for the lane, and the Georgia Department of Transportation will pave it. A meeting will be scheduled to determine the dates for the project.
In other matters, the old gym on the west side of Comer is too badly deteriorated to be repaired, so the new owners, Rising Sun Youth Club has decided to demolish it and build a new building. The club, which is moving from Colbert to Comer, will hold a series of fund raising events to cover the cost of the new building.
The city has approved development of a public annoyance ordinance to control areas of the city that are a hazard to the public. The city judge will be authorized to set a deadline of one to 100 days for cleanup of such an area, and then can asses up to $25 a day in fines if the work is not completed in time.
Comer Police Chief Brent Zellner reported that his department made nine arrests in July. They wrote 65 citations, filled out 21 incident reports and answered 207 calls for service. The Comer Fire Department, with the help of surrounding departments, contained a series of grass fires along the railroad caused by sparks from a trains brake system.
The council voted to have windows and doors tinted to prevent the sun from damaging pictures in the new travel museum. They voted to continue holding meetings in city hall rather than in the new museum.