BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – Beginning in October, Blairsville City Council will return to in person meetings for the first time since the start of the pandemic.
In a contested decision, the majority of the council agreed that it was time to return to traditional monthly meetings. Councilmember Buddy Moore expressed a dissenting opinion since Union County has only recently started feeling the effects of the virus.
“Why would we change it now, when the virus is just starting to get up here?” asked Moore. “Our cases doubled last month.”
The remaining councilmembers, minus Rhonda Mahan who was absent, believed it’s time to regain a sense of normalcy.
The meetings will be open to the public, but anyone attending must wear a mask and socially distance. Those who arrive after the council room is full will be turned away.
The in person meeting policy will be taken month by month and if the virus worsens, the council can return to teleconference monthly meetings.
City Hall remains closed to the public. Water bills, taxes, and other payments can be left in the City Hall drop box, mailed, paid online or by phone at 706.745.2000. Forms for new water service, occupational tax certificates and sign permits are available at the front entrance of City Hall or online. The police department office is open to the public.
In other business, the council approved retaining Rushton and Company for the 2020 financial audit and the five percent 2021 group increase to the city’s health insurance.