New Danielsville home-owners will soon have to pay a deposit when signing up for utility services with the city.
City council members heard the first reading Monday of an amendment to the city’s utility deposit ordinance requiring homeowners to pay a $100 deposit fee when they sign up for water/sewer service. The amendment also includes wording that will allow the council to levy an additional deposit on homeowners that carry a large balance or are habitually late on their utility bills.
The deposit fee does not apply to current homeowners, council members noted. The council is expected to vote on the amendment at its July 9 business meeting.
The council also heard a first reading of an ordinance concerning yard sales in the city hall parking lot that will ban private yard sales. Benefit yard sales for charitable events will be allowed, with prior approval from city hall.
The council is also expected to adopt this ordinance at its July meeting.
SURPLUS EQUIPMENT SALE
Just over $12,000 was raised through the sale of the city’s surplus mowers and other equipment at the maintenance department.
Following the bid opening, the council amended the agenda to give Mayor Todd Higdon the authority to spend up to $12,000 on a new commercial mower for the city. Higdon said the mower will likely cost $8,000 to $10,000 and that any remaining funds from the sale will be used to purchase other needed maintenance equipment.
City clerk Susan Payne was asked to formulate a rough draft of how special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) funds will be used to purchase integrated software and a computer to improve the water system’s records and billing process. City attorney Dale Perry told the council that SPLOST funds could be used since the money is designated for “water improvements.” The rough draft will be discussed at the council’s work session.
It remains uncertain as to whether there will be a Danielsville Fall Festival. Higdon noted that no one from the former festival committee was at Monday night’s meeting. The council tabled a decision on whether a festival will be held so that volunteers can be sought prior to the June 25 work session. Higdon said anyone interested in being on a festival committee should contact city hall as soon as possible.
Higdon told the council that he plans to purchase 10 to 15 American flags to decorate the city for the upcoming July 4th holiday. Payne said the flags cost $18 per packet at Walmart.
Higdon praised the maintenance department for their work on the city’s sidewalks and said he hopes to work to continue improvements to the city’s appearance. Maintenance head Josh Lester said that work still remains on the Crawford W. Long sidewalks.