Story by JEFFREY POWELL
The Freeport City Council held their first regularly scheduled meeting of the month and year on Jan. 8, 2019. All council members were present as were approximately 25 members of the general public.
The meeting began with Westonwood Ranch Founder and President Lindy Wood thanking the City of Freeport for allowing her organization to use property adjacent to the Freeport Regional Sports Complex for last year’s rodeo, which by all accounts was a success. She also asked for and received permission to hold the event this year on March 22 and 23. In addition the council waived fees for the use of the property. This years event will be the second annual rodeo which is sponsored by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office.
Freeport City planner Latilda Neel asked for and received a special event permit for this year’s Apple Classic 5K and 10 K which will be held in Hammock Bay. The annual run benefits the Walton Education Foundation and normally draws a large number of participants. This year’s event will be held on Feb. 9.
Freeport Parks Director Charlie Simmons notified the council of his intentions to move the recycling trailer currently located at the old Freeport City Hall to a location near the Freeport Waste water facility. He said the move still allows the trailer to be centrally located and accessible to customers in the Hammock Bat area. There is a second trailer located behind Freeport Elementary School.