By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer
During the Rutledge Mayor and City Council meeting on Monday, Oct. 21, Mayor Spencer Knight reminded those in attendance that the Morgan County Elementary School (MCES) Trick or Trot 5K and Fun Run would be taking place in Rutledge on Saturday, Oct. 26, which would cause road closures in the downtown area during that morning.
Mayor Knight mentioned the Spooky Fall Festival, which will also be taking place this Saturday in Rutledge. Knight reminded parents that will be bringing children to also bring along candy to pass out during the event in the spirit of trick-or-treating.
Concerning Council Member James Bratcher’s position on the council while he is running for mayor, Knight state that, according to Rutledge’s Code of Ordinances, Bratcher will not have to vacate his council seat because the term of his council seat and the term of the mayoral office will not create an overlap, where he would be serving in both positions at once.
Knight also informed those in attendance that the Rutledge City Council had a special called meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 16 to discuss Morgan County’s then-pending LOST agreement, and that Rutledge would continue to receive the allocation that they received under the previous agreement, 4 percent.
Mayor Knight updated the progress of the Fairplay Park, saying that the tennis court is being constructed and that the fence is going up.
The council approved a revised Georgia Municipal Employee Benefit System (GMEBS) Life and Health Application/Participation agreement. Knight stated that the new agreement would shorten the waiting list for new employees before they received benefits.
The purchase of a new copy machine for $2,500 was also approved during the meeting. Mayor Knight said that the cost of the new copier is in the budget and that a new machine would be “a lot easier [and] a lot better.”
The council approved an expenditure for the Rutledge’s public bathroom, which would involve painting the floor and door of the bathroom.
“It’s the best the bathroom has ever looked,” said Knight. “Everyone has been very impressed.”
Knight also mentioned that the Community Development Block Grant deadline for the next year will be in April 2014. Knight said that the city spent around $2,000 on the grant application last year but did not receive the grant.
The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) has approved the design for the installation of a bar screen on the sewer pond in Rutledge, and Mayor Knight asked for the board’s approval to request proposals for the pricing and installation of the screen.
The board also considered paying an annual fee of $150 to have the city’s former ordinances put online by the Municipal Code Corporation (Municode). The city currently pays $400 per year to have the current ordinances on Municode’s website, www.municode.com. Knight said that the addition of the outdated ordinances would only confuse citizens and recommended that the council not add them to the service. No motion was made to add the former ordinances to the Municode website.