Leesburg council reviews police chief applications
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
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.