The city of Riceboro has the unusual problem of having too much money. But the city council decided Tuesday it has already been spent anyway.
Riceboro has more than $100,000 remaining from a sewer grant, and the city council had decided to spend most of that on improvements to Oak Street and Dogwood Street.
In the meantime, a question arose whether all the sewer connections paid for had actually been installed. Riceboro City Attorney John Pirkle will study the wording of the sewer contract to see if further payments might be required for connections.
Any remaining money will be spent on the two streets and on improving the parking at the community service building.
In other business
• Several council members were critical of engineers and contractors not appearing at their meetings to keep them informed. Councilman Henry Relaford said, "Half these people don't show up. They couldn't care less."
Councilman Modibo Kadalie said, "They know when our meetings are and they have not appeared."
• Mayor Gregory Richardson said he believed the trash removal service that has served Riceboro for eight years was now becoming less efficient and less responsive to complaints. Republic Waste Service picks up solid waste in Riceboro.
Richards said it would be necessary to give 60 days notice to end the waste pickup contract.
• Lelia Williams appeared before the council to praise the Riceboro Volunteer Fire Department and ask for recognition for the firefighters.
The council members agreed with Williams and decided to issue a proclamation honoring the firefighters. Williams will plan an observance to be scheduled later.
• The council members noted Midway was discussing extending its police jurisdiction south along Highway 17 toward the Riceboro city limits. The council decided they were satisfied with law enforcement from Liberty County Sheriff Don Martin and the Georgia State Patrol.
A letter will be sent to county officials and Midway opposing the jurisdiction extension along Highway 17, the council decided.