Lees­burg coun­cil re­views po­lice chief ap­pli­ca­tions

Cherokee County Herald - - FRONT PAGE - By Randy Jones

Chero­kee County Her­ald Cor­re­spon­dent

The Lees­burg Town Coun­cil met for their Novem­ber meet­ing in the town hall meet­ing room. Mayor Brandy Pierce called the meet­ing to or­der and led the pledge to the Amer­i­can Flag.

Coun­selor Dianne Tillery opened the meet­ing with prayer. The coun­cil ap­proved the min­utes and ex­pen­di­tures of the last meet­ing. The town coun­cil went into ex­ec­u­tive ses­sion to re­view ap­pli­ca­tions for Chief of Po­lice.

Af­ter a short while the coun­cil re­con­vened to con­tinue the coun­cil meet­ing. The coun­cil ap­proved to hire Brian Gilliland as Lees­burg’s Po­lice Chief.

Mayor Mackey made the fol­low­ing ap­point­ments: Town Clerk- Jen­nifer Mackey, Town At­tor­ney- Chad Hop­per, Frankie Brew­sterParks and Rec. Depart­ment, Joe Sonaty- Fire Depart­ment, Dianne TilleryFi­nance Depart­ment, Wayne Byram- Street Main­te­nance & Sewer Depart­ment, Cody Adams- Po­lice Depart­ment. Cody AdamsMayor Pro-Tem. Frankie Brew­ster- Weiss Lake Im­prove­ment As­so­ci­a­tion Board.

The meet­ing dates and times are as fol­lows: 1st Mon­day of each month. Pre-meet­ing at 4:30, meet­ing at 5 p.m. in town hall meet­ing room.

The coun­cil ap­proved to pur­chase ads at $200 for shop at home ad­ver­tis­ing to WEIS Ra­dio.

The City of Cen­tre of­fi­cially be­gan a new four year term re­cently as three new coun­cil mem­bers gath­ered for their first meet­ing.

The coun­cil adopted res­o­lu­tions to reap­point Mary Lee Tucker as city clerk, Kirk Blanken­ship as po­lice chief, Al Shu­maker as city at­tor­ney and Bill Hawkins as mu­nic­i­pal judge.

The coun­cil ap­proved Coun­cil Mem­ber Phillip Roberts and Cen­tre Mayor Tony Wilkie to serve on the Dekalb-Chero­kee Gas Board.

The coun­cil also ap­proved pay­ment of rou­tine bills such as util­i­ties, pay­roll and pay­roll taxes, in­sur­ance and court re­ports ef­fec­tive Nov. 7.

The coun­cil voted to re­new its cur­rent spend­ing pol­icy which al­lows each com­mit­tee chair­per­son to spend up to $500. Each com­mit­tee chair­per­son can spend $1,500

Kirk Blanken­ship Tony Wilkie

with the ap­proval of the mayor and an­other coun­cil mem­ber.

Upon the rec­om­men­da­tion of Billy Mack Gar­rett, chair­per­son, Cen­tre Plan­ning Com­mis­sion, the coun­cil ap­proved re­zon­ing a 10 acre par­cel of land near Oak Hill Drive and the Cen­tre In­dus­trial Park from M-1 (light man­u­fac­tur­ing district) to R-1 (sin­gle fam­ily res­i­den­tial district.) Prop­erty owner is Chero­kee Hu­mane So­ci­ety Inc.

The coun­cil ap­proved a once-ayear raise at Christ­mas for city em­ploy­ees which in­cludes $ 500 to full-time em­ploy­ees with 10 years of ser­vice or more, $ 300 to full­time em­ploy­ees with at least six months of ser­vice and less than 10 years, $100 to part-time em­ploy­ees with six months of ser­vice, $100 to vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers with six months of ser­vice and $50 to callin help and em­ploy­ees with less than six months of ser­vice.

The coun­cil agreed to con­sider a pro­posal from Main Street USA which spe­cial­izes in re­vi­tal­iz­ing

Phillip Roberts

small towns and en­cour­ag­ing growth. Mem­ber­ship is $500.

Coun­cil Mem­ber Bess Yar­brough, chair­per­son of the fi­nance com­mit­tee, called for a meet­ing of the fi­nance com­mit­tee on Nov. 30 in the Cen­tre City Coun­cil cham­bers. In other busi­ness, the coun­cil: -Ap­proved pur­chased of Hol­i­day Shop at Home ads with WEIS Ra­dio sta­tion. The ads be­gan the re­main­ing days of Novem­ber and will run through­out De­cem­ber for a to­tal of $1,970.

- Ap­proved a bid of $ 19,731.48 from Todd Waits Elec­tric for elec­tri­cal work in Cen­tre City Park.

- Ap­pointed Gary Davis to the CED Men­tal Health Board to fill the un­ex­pired term of Kandi Gar­many.

-Tabled ac­tion on pay­ing $2,825 to the Chero­kee County As­so­ci­a­tion of Vol­un­teer Fire­fight­ers..

The next meet­ing of the Cen­tre City Coun­cil will be Tues­day at 5 p.m. at the Ac­tiv­i­ties Build­ing at Chero­kee Health & Re­hab where the city will then hold their Christ­mas Party for city em­ploy­ees af­ter­ward.

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