Christmas comes to Yatesville this Saturday when volunteers from the Yatesville Volunteer Fire Department hang Christmas lights on the poles in town. Mayor Cecil Moncrief advised the city council of the plan at their meeting on November 9. Council member Ronnie Riggins was absent.
Mayor Moncrief said they hang the city Christmas lights later than other communities in order to do it all in one trip.
“When they hang them up, they plug them in. It keeps us from having to make two trips,” Moncrief said. “I noticed Thomaston had all theirs hung, but all their plug ins were hanging down, so they’ll have to go back and plug them in.”
Mayor Moncrief also noted that Santa Claus will visit Yatesville on Saturday, Dec. 5. He will be at the Yatesville Senior Center beginning at 6 p.m. for all the good little boys and girls to visit with. Parents can bring their cameras to get a photo of their children with Santa.
In other business, the city council approved a motion to purchase reflective orange safety cones and safety bars. Council member Wanda Dozier brought the idea for the cones and bars up at the meeting.
“I want to propose to get some safety cones and some safety bars to go across the cones,” Dozier said. “This would be in case we need them for any events we’re having, like the Chitlin’ Hoedown. They can also be used by the Water Department. They would have the Yatesville logo on them, so we could use them instead of the little bits and pieces we have now.”
Dozier said she had looked at several companies on the Internet, and also checked with Lowes and Home Depot. She said she found that Crowd Control Store, Inc., has 28-inch reflector cones with black, seven-pound bases for $15.70 each. The store also offers safety bars that extend from 48 inches (four feet) to 84 inches (seven feet) for $19.90. She also found safety bars at Global Industrial that go from 44 inches to 120 inches (10 feet) for $22.50 each.
Dozier noted that Crowd Control Store, Inc. has a bundle of six cones and two reflector bars on sale currently for $87.13, a savings of $46.87 over purchasing the items individually. They also have a bundle of six cones and six bars for $209.
Mayor Moncrief expressed his opinion that the $209 bundle was a little excessive for just four more bars. He suggested the city purchase two sets at the $87.13 price.
Council member Phyl Gatlin asked if this will suit what the city needs.
Dozier replied, “It is more than what we’ve got right now. I’m looking at it as if those work out good, we can order more. I know we need some for the city because of the different routes we have to block so the water department can fix leaks.”
Moncrief added, “This is a start. We can always get some more later on. We’re getting two sets for a total of $174.26. That is 12 cones and four bars.”
Gatlin made a motion to approve the purchase of the two sets of cones and bars for $174.26. Council member Shane Moore seconded the motion and it was approved, 4-0.
Finally, Samantha Jenkins was introduced as the new City Clerk. She will be replacing Connie Vaughn, who is retiring from the position at the end of December.
Larry Stanford may be reached at 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @LarryStanford7.