By BEN GRAFTON
At the Freeport City Council meeting of Feb. 23 City Clerk Robin Haynes reported that representatives of the Windswept development have requested city approval to install an office trailer on leased property at the northeast corner of the intersection of SR-20 and U.S. 331 South. The trailer would serve as a sales office for the development. City Attorney Clayton Adkinson reminded the Council that it could approve the request for a period of one year. Councilman Earl King voiced concern about potential traffic problems at the intersection.
Fire Chief Ben Greenslait advised the Council that a copy of a report detailing fire department activity is to be sent to the Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC). The report will provide information on the number of calls answered and pie charts to help with presentation of the data.
Preble-Rish Engineer Charlie Cotton brought the Council up to date on the North Bay water main project. Work in the subdivisions along the route is mostly complete and the longest section of pipe to be installed using directional drilling techniques is expected to be completed the week of Feb. 27. Progress is still slightly ahead of schedule.
According to Cotton, the solar array to provide electrical power to selected users at the Freeport Regional Sports Complex is complete, but that connections to some of the users remain to be installed.
Cotton also reported that a single bid of $51,000 to split the electricity metering system at the Sports Complex has been received. The bidder is Wisco Electric. Mayor Mickey Marse recommended that the Council accept the single bid so that the energy saving project can be put into service. The Council approved the recommendation.
The Council also learned from Cotton that the Wagon Wheel well project permit package has been received and work will be initiated as soon as the permit is finalized.
After discussion, the Council agreed to interview the nine applicants for the fire department job opening at 7 p.m. on Feb. 27.
Haynes asked the Council to approve ending the policy under which the city has arranged removal of septic tanks when customers tie in to the city sewage system. Haynes also asked for approval to notify potential sewage customers in the Bay and Bay Loop Road areas that waivers of the impact fee will no longer be offered after Sept. 30. The Council approved both requests.
Haynes asked the Council to approve amendments to the budget to recognize funds received from the county for fire department operations. The county funds will enable changes to include $10,000 in the Capital Outlay Account for an asphalt roller, $20,000 in the Casey Park and Pool Account for a disabled persons lift, and $107,000 in the Sports Complex Account. The Council approved the request.