Homer City Council members approved the terms of its franchise ordinance at Tuesday’s, July 8, council meeting.
The council approved a term of 25 years with a four percent fee. Homer Mayor Doug Cheek and City Clerk Carol Ayers were approved to sign off on the ordinance once the paperwork is completed.
In other business at the meeting on Tuesday:
•Cheek announced the next meeting to discuss the city’s comprehensive plan was scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 15, at city hall. Adam Hazell with the Georgia Mountain Regional Development Commission was scheduled to discuss the comprehensive plan. Ayers said 10 Homer residents have agreed to work with the city on this project.
•the council held a brief discussion on the city’s sign ordinance. City Attorney Gary Freeman said the sign ordinance either has to be enforced or changed if the council feels it is not suitable. Freeman said the current ordinance does not allow pennant signs in the city at all. Any sign application for the historic district should come before the council and the planning commission, Freeman said. “It is a balancing act, Freeman said. “You don’t want to put an additional burden on your citizens.” Cheek said, “We do want the town to look nice.”
•council member Jerry Payne reported on the 75th annual Georgia Municipal Association conference that he attended recently. Payne said one of the sessions he attended at the conference was on tourism. Payne said, “We need to look at what the town has and use this as a selling point.”
•the council discussed the upcoming Banks County Holiday Festival planned for Friday, Aug. 29, through Sunday, Aug. 31, in downtown Homer. The festival pageant is planned for Saturday, Aug 16, in the Banks County High School auditorium. The pageant is open to girls ages 0 through 18 years old, Ayer said. Council member Sandra Garrison said attractions and entertainment is still being worked on for the event.
•Garrison reported that the July 4th fireworks show was good and a large crowd attended.
•Cheek announced the annual Sunday School Celebration scheduled for Saturday, July 29, in the downtown park.
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