New­born to stag­ger terms

GEFA wa­ter line loan pay­ments low­ered slightly

The Covington News - - Local news -

The New­born City Coun­cil has voted to move to stag­gered terms for elected of­fi­cials beginning in Novem­ber 2009.

Cur­rently the mayor and fiveper­son city coun­cil are all elected at the same time ev­ery four years.

“It’s al­ways been the mayor and coun­cil would go out at the same time and new peo­ple would come in and they wouldn’t know what is go­ing on,” said New­born City Clerk Lisa Rowe of the coun­cil’s rea­son­ing in mak­ing the switch to stag­gered terms.

A res­o­lu­tion ap­proved by the city coun­cil at their Septem­ber meet­ing will move two city coun­cil seats to a two year term in the next elec­tion in Novem­ber 2009. That two year term will end in De­cem­ber 2011.

Two yet-to-be-de­ter­mined sit­ting coun­cil mem­bers will go up for elec­tion that year. A pub­lic hear­ing and dis­cus­sion with leg­isla­tive coun­cil will de­ter­mine which two coun­cilmem­ber seats will be put up for re­elec­tion first.

Cur­rently none of the coun­cil seats are num­bered as there are no dis­tricts and coun­cilmem­bers are elected at large. The res­o­lu­tion will nowas­sign seat num­bers to each coun­cil seat. The re­main­ing three coun­cil seats will be up for re­elec­tion in Novem­ber 2013.

The res­o­lu­tion is to be put in the charge of the county’s leg­isla­tive del­e­ga­tion to At­lanta who will over­see its pas­sage through the Gen­eral As­sem­bly Rowe said.

In other re­cent news from New­born: • At their Septem­ber meet­ing the coun­cil ap­proved the se­lec­tion of Lee Car­mon who works for the North­east Ge­or­gia Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Cen­ter to com­plete the city’s Com­pre­hen­sive Plan.

Car­mon, who has more than 18 years of ex­pe­ri­ence writ­ing Com­pre­hen­sive Plans, will be paid $18,975 for her work. The plan is ex­pected to be com­pleted by the end of April. • At the city’s Oc­to­ber meet­ing the coun­cil re­ceived news that their monthly loan re­pay­ments to the Ge­or­gia En­vi­ron­men­tal Fa­cil­i­ties Au­thor­ity for a loan to in­stall a newwa­ter line were to be low­ered slightly be­cause the city did not spend the full cost of the $707,654 loan.

The cost of in­stalling the new wa­ter line came only to $690,640. The in­stal­la­tion project was com­pleted at the end of 2007.

The city’s monthly pay­ments will now be $3,830, down from $3,924. • Be­cause of the Nov. 4 gen­eral elec­tion, the city of New­born will not hold its reg­u­larly sched­uled meet­ing on the first of the Mon­day of the month in Novem­ber but will in­stead hold it on the sec­ond Mon­day on Nov. 10.

The meet­ing will be­gin at 7 p.m.

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