Commissioners were originally scheduled to vote on the budget tonight as well, but have postponed a final vote until later this month. Members of the public who want to comment on the budget can do so through a variety of methods, including in-person at City Hall tonight, with social distancing measures in place.
Beyond the budget hearing, Commissioners will look at a proposed infusion of nearly $150,000 into the county’s elections department to offset costs from last year’s elections, which, because of a surge in absentee ballots and the January runoff elections, proved more expensive than predicted.
Commissioners are also expected to continue shepherding a proposed Classic Center Arena to completion. At tonight’s meeting, Classic Center officials are asking lawmakers to approve a project concept, and to approve the arena as a location for a public art component, in line with recommendations from the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission.
Also on tonight’s agenda is one of the most important duties of local government – street maintenance. Commissioners are evaluating a plan to repave some 20 miles of Clarke County roads, with preventative maintenance like crack sealing and patching on another 51 miles of road.
Tonight’s meeting starts at 6:00 pm, and will be streamed live on the county’s YouTube page.