Council approves resolution to reduce speed at Truett McConnell

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – The Cleveland City Council unanimously approve a resolution in support of reducing the speed limit in front of Truett McConnell University (TMU) Monday. The resolution now goes to the White County Board of Commissioners and, if approved, Senator Steve Gooch will deliver the resolution to the Georgia Department of Transportation for final approval.

TMU Director of Alumni Relations and Public Policy Dr. John Yarbrough addressed council, saying, “With our growth of property and students, we now have eight points of agress and egress within a quarter mile.” The reduction in speed from 45 to 35 mph, he said, would increase safety for students.

Council voted unanimously to enter into an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with the Board of Commissioners to accept the historic Oak Springs School and property from the county. The school, which was the first one in White County for black students, will be converted into a community center.

“Due to the historic nature of the school, city council is very interested in preserving it,” said City Manager Tom O’Bryant.

Council also approved the Georgia Municipal Association District Directors Ballot that includes Annie Sutton as second vice president and a request for City Clerk Connie Tracas to take an online course for accounting at a cost of $419.

O’Bryant met with White County and city of Helen officials last week to negotiate an intergovernmental agreement with regard to a division of funds from a proposed 2020 special purpose local option sales (SPLOST) tax.

In earlier SPLOSTs, the two cities each received about 20 percent of the revenue. Both, however, agreed to settle for 13 percent in the last two SPLOSTs to help fund the county jail. Now they want a return to the 20 percent level.

O’Bryant said the city has identified a list of projects it would like to fund. Those projects would cost about $5.4 million and require about 20 percent of projected revenue. Any future SPLOST, however, must be approved by White County voters before it can be implemented.

Council approved the purchase of a Dodge 1500 pickup truck from Jacky Jones Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram to replace a city-owned truck that had a blown engine. Funding for the vehicle will come from voter-approved SPLOST funds.

Callie Armour, a White County Middle School student and 4-H member, told council about a project that her 4-H class is working on involving the building of a planter for the city square with plants and colorful plants.

 

 

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Cleveland City Council to meet at new time today

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CLEVELAND, Ga. — The Cleveland City Council will begin meeting at a new time, 6:30 p.m., today in the City Annex.

Callie Armour of Keep Cleveland Beautiful will give a presentation of a beautification project proposed for the town square.

Council will consider a resolution to reduce the speed limit in front of Truett McConnell University.

There will also be a discussion of an intergovernmental agreement with the White County Board of Commissioners to accept the Oak Springs School and property.

Police Chief John Foster, Fire Chief Ricky Pruitt, City Attorney Grant Keene and City Manager Tom O’Bryant are expected to present departmental reports.

White County Sheriff Neal Walden will discuss a new agreement with the city relating to operation of the White County Detention Center.

There will also be status updates on the Windstream audit, Appalachian Regional Commission grant and 2020 special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST), strategic housing plan for the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and the 2018-’19 budget.

 

 

 

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After 47 years, Councilman Young has retired

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Mayor Shan Ash presents proclamation to Councilman Edward Young who retired Monday after 47 years on the council.

CLEVELAND, Ga. – Much of Monday’s city council meeting was dedicated to honoring City Councilman Edward Young, who is retiring after 47 years of public service, and Jack P. Nix Elementary School for earning the prestigious Platinum Award as one of Georgia’s “Greatest Gains” schools.

Mayor Shan Ash read a proclamation to honor Young, who was first elected as city councilman in 1970. He then told Young, “I have known you all my life, and I appreciate all the time you spent with me while I was growing up. I consider you a true friend.”

Councilwoman Annie Sutton said, “I have really enjoyed working with you. You have taught me a lot and I appreciate how you welcomed me.”

Police Chief John Foster said, “It has been real good. I hate to see you go. You and I settled a lot of problems sitting at the picnic table at Country Cupboard.”

Ash also read the proclamation honoring Jack P. Nix Elementary School.

Mayor Shan Ash presents proclamation to Jack P. Nix staff (from left) Laurie Hall, Cheryl Allen, Stacie Ward, Kelcie Johnson, Michele Ash.

To receive “Greatest Gains” recognition, a school must earn a three-year average College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) progress score that ranks in at least the 93rd percentile. The awards were developed by the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement and are part of the state’s Single Statewide Accountability System.

This is the first year the school was eligible for the award that measures how students grow academically. “We are really proud of the school and the work they do,” said White County School Superintendent Jeff Wilson.

Mayor Ash introduces Cub Scout Isaac Parker, who led the meeting in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, and Isaac’s sister Elizabeth

Isaac Parker, a student at Jack P. Nix and a high-achievement Cub Scout, led those in attendance in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Council agreed to renew the city’s Key Risk workers’ compensation plan which will see the premium increase by $4,600 from the previous year to $49,935 in 2018.

 

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Cleveland’s new water tank is ready to serve city

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Cleveland City Council learned Monday the city’s new water tank is ready for use

CLEVELAND, Ga. – The Cleveland City Council heard from City Engineer Brian Rindt Monday who said the long-awaited water tower is now “substantially” complete and ready for use.

Rindt reported the tank was filled to the five-foot level Monday. The contract called for the work to be completed by Nov. 7, and Rindt said the company had requested an extension of five days due to inclement weather. Council voted unanimously to award the extension, meaning the contract was completed in accordance with the terms of the agreement.

The company now has 30 days to complete a punch list that includes grading, grassing and fencing.

Rindt also informed the board that casing in well no. 7, located on East Jarrard Street, does not meet EPD standards for the thickness of the casing and must be brought up to the agency’s standards.

Council then voted unanimously to spend $7,900 with Lanier Well Drilling to make the necessary improvements.

Beth Truelove requested the city provide services such as police, fire and sanitation for the annual Christmas in the Mountains Celebration scheduled for Dec. 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. Her request received unanimous approval.

Council discussed possible future annexations but decided not to move forward at this time.

City Administrator Tom O’Bryant updated the council on the status of one of the city’s fire trucks that is in need of repair. O’Bryant said the city received two estimates, one for $112,000 and the other for $150,000. He also presented the council with an option to purchase a 1997 fire truck from Brackets Fire Truck Repair for $96,000. The vehicle comes with a six-month, bumper-to-bumper warranty. It has an engine and transmission installed in 2009.

Council gave unanimous consent to purchase the used ladder truck.

 

 

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Cleveland Fire Chief Reports First Use of NARCAN in suspected drug overdose

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – During Monday’s Cleveland City Council meeting, Fire Chief Ricky Pruitt reported his department had a very busy month, responding to 86 calls in the city and 35 in the county, including one in which the recently-purchased NARCAN potentially saved the life of a drug overdose patient.

“Firefighters were called to assist White County EMS with an overdose patient,” Pruitt said. “They administered two doses of NARCAN and brought them back around. So, there is definitely a need for it in the city.”

NARCAN is the only FDA-approved nasal form of naloxone which is used for the emergency treatment of a known or suspected opioid overdose.

Pruitt added that his firefighters have been trained in the use of NARCAN and his firetrucks are now equipped with it.

Police Chief John Foster reported that his department has been extremely busy. “It’s amazing how many calls we’re having to answer,” he said. “Walmart reported to us the other day that they have had 13-14 instances of shoplifting by the same group of people and we’re working on that now.”

City Council unanimously approved the first reading of an increase in the occupational tax license and the addition of an administration fee at Monday’s meeting. If approved on second reading, the increase would be $15 per employee up to 50 employees and $10 for each employee over 50.

Council also approved renewal of the School Resource Officer (SRO) agreement with the White County School Board. That agreement calls for the school system to pay $50,000 annually for one SRO to be on duty from 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. during the 180-day school calendar. Additionally, the Cleveland Police Department can, at the discretion of the Police Chief, provide SRO services outside the scope of this agreement at a rate of $35 per hour.

Council also agreed to provide $300 for the city attorney to attend a city/county attorney seminar sponsored by the Carl Vincent Institute of Government at the University of Georgia in Athens.

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Cleveland City Council Meeting Announcement & Agenda

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Police Chief John Foster Says Apartments are a Hub for Drug Deals

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CLEVELAND — The dilapidated Blue Ridge Apartments in Cleveland are not just an eye sore, they have become a “hot spot” for drug activity and earlier this month a gang member was arrested there.

Police Chief John Foster said Wednesday he told the owner to clean up and renovate the apartments or he will shut them down.

“We don’t want to do that but if we can show that it has become a drug haven, it can be declared a public nuisance and they can be made to close down,” he said.

At Monday’s Cleveland City Council meeting, Foster said police have a lot of problems at the apartments at 105 Bryant Street. He said Monday morning they had been called out for an incident in which a female resident had her throat cut. Foster said it turned out that she cut her own throat in an attempt to commit suicide.

On July 1, he said a suspected gang member was arrested on drug charges by Cleveland Police and the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Agency

Foster said the apartments are falling down and that they no longer have a single outside light because of the drug activity. All of them have been knocked out.

“We need to look at a maintenance ordinance for apartment buildings,” Foster told the city council.

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