By JIMMY ESPY
The Lyerly Town Council on Tuesday approved a resolution in support of the town borrowing $130,000 to help pay for improvements at the wastewater treatment plant. The resolution was required by the lender, the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority.
Council member Juanita Baker asked when the town would have to begin making payments on the loan. Mayor Jim Ferguson said that would be until 2019.
All four council members backed the resolution.
Council also voted unanimously to increase the town’s $1,200 annual donation to the Chattooga County library from $1,200 to $3,200. Mayor Ferguson requested the funding increase, which he said would bring the town’s contribution even with that made by Menlo.
All four council members voted to allow library officials to set up a “story walk” display in McLeod Park during December. The exhibition will feature Chattooga County artist Howard Finster’s interpretation of “The Night Before Christmas.”
“I love that idea,” said Councilwoman Baker.
There is no expense to the town.
Preliminary preparation for the construction of a concession stand at the town’s ball fields is underway. The project is expected to cost up to $60,000 with $24,000 going to Pace Construction, of Lyerly, to build the building.
The building will house a concession stand, two restrooms and a concrete patio with picnic tables.
Mayor Ferguson said town employees will do the work not done by Pace Construction or other contractors.
Town Clerk Sally Kerce said the town’s civic center is already heavily booked on weekends for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. The town rents the facility for $100, with $50 of that refundable.
“Anyone who wants to rent it needs to call town hall soon,” Kerce said.