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By Christa Jennings
Senior Staff Writer
The Town of Kellyton is continuing in its efforts to gradually work on and improve the renovated former school facility.
Having remodeled the old school office to be transitioned for use as office and other space, the town is moving forward with furnishing the office space to better serve the town, following action taken during Tuesday evening’s Town Council meeting.
As brought up at a previous meeting, Town Clerk Karen Keel had gone to the surplus warehouse in Montgomery to check about furniture options. However, she was unable to find any furniture that was undamaged to use in the newly renovated town offices.
Keel further explained that she had looked into obtaining all of the furniture needed to fully supply the clerk’s office, mayor’s office, conference room, and filing room. Following some discussion, it was decided to allow Keel to go forward with purchasing the furniture needed to furnish those offices.
In further discussion, Keel mentioned that during a previous meeting it was determined to use money from the town’s capital improvements account to purchase the needed furnishings. However, she suggested that instead the town not deplete all the funds in that account so that the account could remain open.
Councilmember George Camp suggested the town use the funds from its operational account to purchase the furnishings rather than the capital improvement account as was previously decided.
Following discussion, the council unanimously approved allowing Keel to purchase the needed furniture for the renovated offices using the funds from the town’s operational account.
In related business, Mayor Johnny Sharpe said that once those offices are completely furnished he would like to request the council to consider obtaining a camera system to better monitor the grounds and buildings inside the complex, as well as look into internet services for the complex. The council voiced agreement to discuss that matter further at next month’s meeting.
In other business, Councilmember Nancy Fuller stated that a couple of citizens had brought to her attention that the drainage of water down the side of Church Street was becoming a problem and causing some road erosion.
In discussing the issue, Sharpe said that the drainage pipes might be clogged and likely need to be cleaned out so the water can flow down the ditch rather than spilling out onto the road. He added that he would try to contact County Engineer Tad Eason to see what can possibly be done to resolve the matter.
Also during Tuesday’s meeting, Sharpe stated that the council had received a letter from Central High School’s volleyball team asking about the town renewing its Platinum Sponsorship, which would be $100 for the renewal. The council unanimously approved renewing its Platinum Sponsorship for the volleyball team.
Also related to the county school system, the council also received a letter from the high school’s football department asking if the town would consider providing a meal for the football department prior to one of its away games this upcoming season, which the town did last season.
After discussion, the council unanimously approved providing a meal to the football department prior to an away game again this season. Clerk Keel will contact Alison Burton, who is arranging the dates for the meals, to pick a date for Kellyton to provide a meal for the team and will then deliver the meals to the school prior to the team leaving for the game.
In other business, the town will begins ending out applications to previous vendors regarding participating in this year’s Christmas Celebration, as well as trying to come up with new ideas for this year’s event, which will be held December 2.
Also during Tuesday’s meeting, town attorney Lydia Waters stated that she had reviewed the new Charter Franchise Agreement and said there were a couple of clauses that she would like to discuss with the Charter representative to ensure the town is provided the coverage it needs.
One of those would be a revocation clause giving the town the right to cancel the agreement if so decided.
After discussion, the council decided to allow Waters to speak with the Charter representative prior to the council making a decision on adopting the new Franchise Agreement. The council agreed to re-evaluate the matter at its next meeting.
In other business, it was mentioned that the side-arm cutter for the town’s tractor has been ordered, but has not been delivered yet, with it being stated it would likely be sometime this month when it could come in.
Councilmember Camp also stated that he would contact a representative with the technical department for the polar fans next week to see if they can help determine the problem with the fans not cooling as well as they should.
The next regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Kellyton Town Council will be held at 6 p.m. August 1.