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Weimar City Council clears way for Etta Moten Barnett marker

September 16, 2020 - 00:00
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  • Weimar City Council clears way for Etta Moten Barnett marker
    Weimar native and opera legend Etta Moten Barnett. Courtesy

On Sept. 10, the Weimar City Council discussed and approved the placement of a historical monument in honor of Etta Moten Barnett, a Weimar native renowned for her opera singing.

The marker will be placed between the gazebo and depot building at the library. Also discussed was the assistance the city will provide during the dedication of that marker set for Feb. 21, 2021. The city allocated $2,000 in advertising, along with chairs and a metal bleacher in anticipation of a choir and out of state dignitaries and family members on hand for the dedication.

A proclamation honoring Mary Nelson, who was an educator for over 36 years, was approved in other actions.

The council voted to allow DC Excavation from Rosanky to demolish a residential structure located at 407 North East St. owned by the Rosie Lee Hasty Estate. The move was made since the two-story dwelling is a haven for rats, drug transactions, and homeless persons.

The owners decided to let the city take care of the dilapidated structure, which was not only an eye-sore but also a fire hazard.

Council also approved the 2020-2021 Fiscal Year budget along with the 2020- 2021 Capital Improvement Budget. The tax rate was set at .29054, which is effectively a 2.2 percent rate increase in the tax rate.

The resolution appointing Alex Seydler to represent the city to the H-GAC General Assembly for 2021 was approved.

Following an executive session, the council reconvened and voted that City Manager Mike Barrow would receive a 2 percent raise based on his job performance for Weimar.

The city also heard reports from Utilities Manager James Hughes, Police Chief Todd Jacobs, and Code Enforcement Officer Lisa Pierce.