By Kalli Drake, Staff Writer
A two-year-old discussion of a wooden sign on the corner of Hwy 278 and Newborn Road was brought back before the Rutledge City Council at its Feb. 17 meeting.
The sign would be to direct visitors to downtown shopping, and it was requested by local merchants looking for $500 from the city to help pay for it.
The original plan for the sign’s installation never came to fruition, and there was discrepancy in the council as to whether the city’s funding for the sign was ever approved.
The minutes from the original meeting showed that no motion was made for the city to give the money for the sign, and the item was not brought before the council again.
Kris Bray will begin gathering the information the council needs and bring it back to the council in March. Bray is also looking for the city to help merchants pay for a metal sign to be placed on I-20 that would direct visitors to Rutledge shopping.
Because the cost of the sign would be $1,800 per year and the merchants’ Chamber of Commerce membership is $1,500, councilman Chad Cook noted that he would prefer to pay for the proposed sign than for the merchants’ Chamber of Commerce membership.
Bray and councilman Bruce Altznauer are curious as to whether or not the merchants are taking full advantage of this membership to the Chamber of Commerce, and if not, the money might be better suited as an investment in the I-20 sign.
The new park that was completed in Rutledge in the fall of 2013 is set to hold its grand opening and community picnic May 1 of this year.
The park has two tennis courts, a basketball court, a baseball field and a skate park. It is located at 214 Fairplay Street and will receive its official name at the grand opening.
Due to numerous complaints regarding Bradford pear trees on the lower part of Newborn Road, city workers cut the trees back. This measure did not prove to be effective enough, and citizens are still complaining that the trees should be taken down.
“The trees have a lot of mistletoe in them and limbs are constantly falling. They also block drivers’ visibility,” said Ouida Autry of Rutledge City Hall.
Mayor James Bratcher plans to look at the trees in question to see if the problematic mistletoe can be removed and if it is feasible to save the trees.
In other business, Justin Kennedy submitted an application for the creation of Georgia Overstock Outlet, a retail store selling overstock items from Home Depot and Gander Mountain.
The store will be located at 118 Fairplay Street, an appropriate and legal location. The vote was unanimous, and the business license was approved for Kennedy.