TIFTON — The Tifton City Council voted to purchase the remainder of Captains Point Trailer Park during a special called meeting after the Dec. 9 workshop.
Julie Smith, Jack Folk and Frank Sayles voted to approve the purchase. Wes Ehlers recused himself from the vote and Johnny Terrell was absent.
The purchase of 6.336 acres will bring the entire 11.97 acre mobile home park under city control. The city previously purchased five acres earlier in the year.
City attorney Rob Wilmot said that the current residents who own their homes will be notified that the lot lease will be ending and given due notice to have their home moved to another location.
Wilmot said that the city needed to purchase the entire property to effectively begin development of the area.
The city purchased the first 5.751 acres in November 2018 as the first phase of the South Tifton Redevelopment Project. As part of the redevelopment, the city is working towards obtaining a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to build a youth center in the area as a way to jumpstart development in south Tifton.
The council also voted to approve a self correction plan for the city’s retirement plan to correct a payment made too early to a retired employee.
The city is looking into naming four alleys in order to maximize Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant (LMIG) funding.
According to City Manager Pete Pyrzenski, the Georgia Department of Transportation will count alleys as part of the road mileage when calculating LMIG funding as long as the alleys have signage and traffic control.
Department of Community Development Director John Shepherd said that the city has been putting up signs for those alleys that already have names, but there are four that haven’t been named yet.
The proposed names are Second Lane, Ninth Lane, Prince Lane and Mary Ann Lane.
The council reviewed the proposed agreement with Golden Environmental. The proposed agreement is for a one year contract with the company for residential garbage pickup, bulk item pickup and yard debris starting in January.
Council members Jack Folk and Wes Ehlers will sit on a committee to investigate the possibility of the city taking over bulk item and yard debris pickup.
The next city council meeting is scheduled on Dec. 16 at 5:30 p.m. at Tifton City Hall.