Story and Photo by STACY MARTIN
The city of Paxton held its monthly council meeting on Aug. 20. The first item the council discussed concerned waiver for a resident’s water bill. Reason for the high bill was due to a line breaking, which is now fixed. The council voted to approve the waiver.
Next item discussed came from a local business owner who is relocating and requested that the council waive impact and meter set fees for the set up a new location. The council voted to table the issue to work out a proper payment plan option for impact fees as long as the resident can come up with meter set fees.
Next, on the agenda, the council heard from Dan Owens, Director of the Walton County Public Library System, on possible options for matching grant funding to place a library in Paxton. The council voted to table the issue until more information presented concerning stipulations on the matching funds for the grants.
Up next, the council approved resolution number 2019-3 which authorized the sale of property to Walton County Teachers Union, and voted to table the item on the agenda listed as Gulf Power Tax rate.
Next, the council reviewed three sealed bids for their tractor and lawnmower placed in surplus. Two of the bids were for the tractor and one for the lawnmower. The council voted to accept the highest bid for the tractor and the single bid for the mower.
The council then approved budget workshop dates, scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 17, before their monthly meeting. The council also approved motions made to start up an employee sick leave pool. Employees can apply to have access to this leave if needed when their sick leave time is depleted.
The city council then discussed code standards for outside city workers, as Walton County has in place. This dress code would allow for outdoor city workers to wear approved shorts as part of their uniform for summer work. A motion was carried from the council to adopt dress code standards.
Finally, the council members voted to purchase a stereo for the Paxton Community Dance. The dance is held every Monday night at the Paxton A.G. building from 6 to 9 pm. The community dance is free to the public and offers several different dance styles including line and couple dancing with instructor Councilman Charles Cook.