City Council approves street closures for Legacy’s events
Meeting July 20, the Jesup City Council approved street closures on Young Street from Main to Sixth for two events being planned by Legacy’s Bar & Grill owners Matt and Shana Seastrand.

Legacy’s will be hosting a Block Party with the community invited on Saturday, Aug. 1 from 2-11 p.m., as well as their second annual Grand Opening Party on Friday, Aug. 7 from 5-11 p.m. Both live and DJ music will be provided in the Park Pavilion at both events. The Aug. 1 event will feature a Show & Shine Truck show, including a burn-out contest.

Census now 75% complete

City Clerk Koley Mead reported to the council on the census, noting that there had been a 75% response rate in Jesup to the on-line surveys.

“There’s still 25 percent to go,” he said. April 1 is the actual census day, Mead explained, so wherever someone was living on that date is where they should be counted. The U.S. Census Bureau will be sending census takers door-to-door in Jesup to count households that have not yet responded starting on August 11.
“They hope to be done by the end of October,” Mead said, “and will hopefully get 100% counted.”

“It only takes about ten minutes or so to fill out the census form,” Mead concluded.

Marks annexation process

Kurtis Marks has requested annexation of some property south of Jesup on Shady Grove, right across from the lots being developed by Trueg. There is one house on Marks’ property, and he plans to add four more lots. Once all the lots are fully developed, the city will get payback of the money they are investing in improvements in about 3.5 years.

Another benefit to the city is that this sewer project will also provide services to the Birdnow property and then can extend to all property on the south side of South Street.

Mayor Chris Even asked, “Does the council want to do this work?” If so, then a development agreement will be prepared. The City normally wants to do voluntary annexation only if city water and sewer services can be provided to get the area.

Mayor Even will get together with Marks and work out terms and get back to the council for final approval at their next meeting.

Meeting date moved up

September 7, the first Monday of the month, is Labor Day, so the Council approved changing the date of the Sept. 7 meeting to one week earlier on Monday, August 31.

Fire Volunteer

The Council approved Gary Decker as a new Fire Department volunteer.

Flow monitoring equipment

Flow monitoring equipment was purchased for the sewer department. Cost of the three units will be $17,323.25.

Public Works Director Mike Fettkether explained that the monitors would be mounted to the bottom of manholes to measure what the flow is during both dry weather and after rains. The plan would be to monitor about one block at a time, Fettkether said, to see how much inflow is coming into the sanitary sewers.

This information would be used to identify areas that are problematic when it rains. When problem areas are found, the City can do further research into where the water is coming from, then find solutions.
Fettkether plans to report the results to the council.

Mayor Even said this equipment will be helpful to evaluate rehabilitation methods, adding, “We can use these to monitor whether sliplining helps or not; or whether removing sump pumps that are going into the sewer lines helps alleviate the infiltration and inflow of surface water into the sanitary sewer system.”

St. Athanasius project

The Council approved an engineering agreement with AECOM for improvements being planned for the St. Athanasius parking lot including sidewalk design and water control measures. St. Athanasius Church will be reimbursing the city for the costs of the engineering agreement.
Potential property purchase
The Council approved drafting an offer to purchase property following a closed session to discuss terms of a potential agreement.

The next regular council meeting will be Monday, August 3 at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.
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