City Meetings Are Short And Sweet
MARY ANN ANDERSON
The Hazlehurst City Council met last week for Monday night’s workshop and Thursday night’s regular monthly meeting, with the total combined time for both meetings at 25 minutes.
September’s workshop, with City Attorney Ken W. Smith and Ward 4 Councilman John Bloodworth absent and City Clerk Vernice Thompson out for training and Deputy Clerk Lorrie Williams standing in for her, lasted just 15 minutes.
During the workshop, the council approved Police Chief Ken Williams’s request to buy three used surplus high mileage vehicles from the Georgia State Patrol for $3,000 each. The cars, said Williams, are for the school resource officers and are fully equipped and will need only police radios and repainting.
The council also okayed August’s monthly report from the Police Department, water and sewer adjustments, departmental reports and check register.
During the Citizens’ Comments section of the workshop, Fire Chief Charles Wasdin announced he would be attending the Georgia Fire Service Conference in Columbus from Sept. 27-Oct. 1, and he also introduced newly-hired firefighter Tony Hughes.
And at Williams’s request, the council approved the route for the annual homecoming parade Sept. 27.
Last Thursday’s regular monthly meeting, with Bloodworth absent, was just under 10 minutes long. During the session, the council approved a resolution on enforcing fire safety standards and codes. Smith also gave the first reading of the ordinance on those standards and codes, with the second reading scheduled for October’s regular meeting.
The council also agreed to publish in the Jeff Davis Ledger the city’s millage rates, as required by law.
Mayor Bayne Stone reminded the council that the grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Georgia State Patrol post on U.S. Highway 341 South is Sept. 23 at 11 a.m., and the groundbreaking for the new Division of Driver Services facility is Sept. 28 from 10 a.m.-noon. The GPS address for the groundbreaking is 33 Eureka Church Road. Stone also added the public is invited to both events.
After going into closed session to discuss a personnel matter, the council returned with a report of no action taken.