WEDOWEE - At last Tuesday's meeting of Wedowee Town Council, the council voted unanimously to approve the 2021-2022 budget.

After looking over the budget, a motion was made by Willie Maude Brown and a second by Jerry Huddleston. The new budget projects revenue to be at $1,832,200 with projected expenses to be $1,706.800, leaving a projected surplus of $125,400.

Mayor Tim Coe said he is pleased with the budget, and revenue from the budget last year had not dropped off as much as was thought due to COVID. He remarked, "I guess instead of going out of town, residents did their shopping here at home which is good." Coe went on to say two-thirds of the revenue comes from sales taxes.

Census numbers

Mayor Coe stated he was really disappointed when the 2020 census numbers were released. He said, "The numbers show our population to be 737, and I believe that is about a hundred short. I feel like we need a recount, and I am going to have that done."

The mayor said he doesn't know if the county jail was counted this time or not. The town has until Dec. 1 to request a recount.

Winery request

At the last council meeting, Scott Bayliss made a request to the council to pass an ordinance for him to have an outdoor patio area at his winery on Main Street. Mayor Coe told Bayliss he has been in contact with the state highway department, and the sidewalks are property of the state.

"I have contacted them about your request but have not gotten an answer as of yet. I will keep you posted on anything I hear from them," said the mayor.

Other business

  • Set downtown trick-or-treat for Thursday, Oct. 28, from 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Was informed of a grant from T-Mobile in the amount of $50,000 for the construction of Hope Cottage, a shelter for women who are victims of domestic violence and their children. No specific plans have been made.
  • Was informed by Police Chief Robbie Taylor reported additional speed bumps had been requested for First Avenue and Fifth Street.

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