The Hinesville City Council announced that trick-or-treat this year will take place on Halloween, Thursday, Oct. 31 at 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. The Council has decided what day and time Halloween trick-or-treating has taken place in the past.
The Council approved the submission of a grant application to Target’s Grant Program. This was on behalf of the Hinesville Police Department for funding to improve the Department’s community outreach initiatives. The funding will be for $3,000.
They also approved the amendment of Hinesville’s fiscal year 2019 budget.
The City is planning to reallocate $1,450 worth of funds for the newly established Hinesville Youth Council and $30,965 for Special Election expenses. $16,660 will be amended for repairs to a fuel island located at public works, and $18,500 will be amended for repairs to the Main Street lights. Exactly $5,990 worth of funds will also be amended for the purpose of buying tasers from seized asset funds. $25,000 is to be amended for updates to the Emergency Solutions Grant.
Meanwhile, $3,706 will be amended for changes to the HUD CoC grants, $8,086 is to be amended for changes in Ed Byrne grants, and $93,124 will be amended for grant funds received in FY2019.
A public hearing was held during the meeting to hear any opinions regarding the City’s proposed budget for the fiscal year which will end Oct. 31, 2020. No one spoke up, however.
Ground breaking has not begun for the new fire station, which will replace the one currently located on the corner of Commerce and Liberty Street. According to City Manager Kenneth Howard, a date has not been decided for groundbreaking. The upcoming fire station has an estimated budget of $2,700,000.
The Council, Mayor and City Manager also took time towards the end of the scheduled meeting to recognize the 9th grade USBA National Champions, the Liberty Roadrunners.
The girls basketball team was started four years ago and is comprised of 9th and 10th graders from surrounding schools including Wayne County High School and Long County High School.
City Councilmembers congratulated the team and wished them luck in future games.
Head Coach Jacob Hairston said that he was proud of the girls, saying that they could be out on the streets getting into trouble but were instead doing well in school while playing sports.