By JOHN SCOTT COOPER, Staff Writer
Much of the agenda for this evening’s City Commission meeting at City Hall is old business — but a couple of new items will stand out.
Under new business, the commission will consider a resolution to formalize city policy that new utility service will not be offered outside the city limits.
And the commission will follow state-mandated procedure by notifying the Georgia Department of Community Affairs that the city’s service delivery strategy agreement with Pierce County has expired because the city was de-annexed out of the county by HB 523, effective July 1.
“The city must notify the DCA when it annexes properties into the city limits,” said City Attorney Rick Currie. “And we must notify the DCA that the city is no longer part of Pierce County.”
Otherwise, the ordinances that give city voters the chance to approve Sunday sales of alcohol at a restaurant or hotel or package sales on Sunday, are up for a vote again. The board of elections returned the referendum options the city commissioners approved previously because, Currie said, they must have titles on them and they did not.
Three city code amendments will be considered on their second readings: one related to building and fire codes; one about fence set-backs; and the annexation of 721 Donald St. into the city limits.
Commissioners will also vote on the purchase of a new copying machine and the privilege license application of the new Walmart Neighborhood Market on Plant Avenue.
“The Walmart Neighborhood Market’s parking lot is to be paved by the end of the week,” said City Manager Raphel Maddox. “It is to be open next month.”
The city’s employee relations committee will introduce to the commissioners the September employee of the month, Chief James “Jim” Blackburn Jr., of the Waycross Fire Department.
Commissioners were asked to recommend agenda items for a joint meeting with Ware County commissioners. The plan is to schedule said meeting prior to the meeting Sept. 17 with local legislators and officials from the city, Ware County and Ware County Board of Education.
Commissioners were also reminded of two upcoming events, a 9/11 ceremony sponsored by the city at the City Auditorium at 8:30 p.m. to which the public is invited. And they were urged to attend the Waycross Police Department-sponsored Kids’ Fun Day at Bit Tanner Field Saturday, Sept. 12.
The meeting Monday was adjourned so the commissioners could go into executive session to discuss a personnel issue and litigation.