Buckhead council on sidewalks, Seven Islands Road well and city’s Christmas decorations
By Nick Nunn
The Buckhead City Council met Tuesday night. It was their first meeting since July.
After accepting the minutes from the last meeting, the council went into old business.
Mayor Ricky Walker discussed receiving quotes for fixing a number of the sidewalks in Buckhead, which they will fund with the remainder of their SPLOST account for the year.
The city clerk, Cheryl Saffold, also bought a new computer for the city since the last meeting, according to the council’s decision that the technology in the office was outdated.
The biggest concern for the council discussed in new business was that the well on Seven Islands Road, which provides part of the water supply for Buckhead, is beginning to produce less water than it has in the past.
“It’s still producing water, but it’s slowing down,” said Walker about the current well. “
I know we’re dry right now, so I don’t know, if it starts raining, if that going to pick back up. It’s got to be something we’ve got to look at. We’ve got to keep our water service here in Buckhead to be a town.”
Through state grants, the city council hopes to be able to get the ball rolling on paying for the process of starting a new well. The rest of the money for the project will need to be borrowed.
At this point in the process, however, the council has not decided a specific course of action for beginning a plan for a new well.
Additionally, the council members discussed the planning of the Christmas events in Buckhead, including the tree lighting ceremony, which will take place on December 6 at 6:30 in the evening.
Finally, the council discussed problems that they have been having with the city’s trash collection services.
Approximately 22 houses in Buckhead get their trash picked up by the city, but many do not leave their garbage bags in readily-accessible areas, causing problems for the city employee that takes care of the trash collection.
The council decided that a letter be sent out to the Buckhead residents that take advantage of this service, which will ask that all able-bodied residents place their garbage in a location that will be easy to access, preferably, near or beside the street.
For next month’s meeting, the council will begin to plan the upcoming Old Buckhead Days celebration.
Printed in the October 18, 2012 edition