Clements-Malcolm restrooms approved
by Celia Shortt
The Grantville City Council approved putting restrooms at the Clements-Malcolm Recreation Center during Monday evening’s city council meeting.
The city received two different bids for the restrooms and approved the one from Denny Robertson Construction, LLC, for the amount of $21,210. In recent city council meetings, Grantville Mayor Jim Sells voiced his disagreement about unattended public restrooms and this project, but agreed to move forward with it.
“I can’t win this one,” he said. “I’m going to sign the contract.”
“I will sign the contracts when the council does their due diligence,” he added. “I do not agree with this project, but they did their due diligence.”
The money for the project is coming from Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax funds.
The council also approved an RFP‚ request for proposal, for the skateboard park to be located at the south side of the Griffin Street Park, the area that had been considered for cemetery expansion.
Council Member Selma Coty reported the suggested area had been tested for soil stabilization.
“It is the opinion of the Recreation Department that is still the best location,” she said.
The council approved the motion for an RFP for a design-build park on the south side of the Clements-Malcolm Building at the Griffin Street Park. The motion also included a 3,500-square-foot design and a 5,500-square-foot design.
It passed 3-1. Council Member Rochelle Jabaley voted against it.
Other business at the city council meeting included:
• Mayor Sells made a proclamation that Oct. 5 will be Law Enforcement Day in Grantville. In his proclamation, he called upon the citizens of Grantville to observe the event with appropriate activities.
“I’m very proud of that, and I agree 100 percent,” said Cooks.
• Marion Cieslink asked the council not to overturn the city manager’s decision and undermine his authority. Things grew heated when the mayor said he respected his opinion, but disagreed. Cieslink was escorted out of the meeting by a Grantville Police Department officer. He is currently running for Rochelle Jabaley’s council seat in the upcoming November election.
• The council did not approve a motion to put a new floor in the gym of the city hall.
• The 2013-2014 Fiscal Year budget was approved 2-1. Council Member Coty abstained.
• Council Member Johnny Cooks commented that he will not be running for reelection when his term is up.
• The council tabled and moved to committee the awarding of a bid to A&R Engineering out of Marietta for a traffic study.
• Council Member Coty reported there is a discrepancy with when the ordinance says the utility bills are due, late, or cut off. Some citizens commented that they are getting their bills close to when they are due. Part of that is because of postal service changes, and part is because of how long it takes for the meters to be read, officials said. Tonya Wheelus, Grantville city clerk, said that the length of time it takes to read the meters and mail the bills is improving each month.
• The council tabled and moved to committee a decision on a new support clerk position for the city of Grantville.