Gas prices rise 5 cents from last week
Average retail gasoline prices in Newton County have risen 5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.60/gal Tuesday. This compares with the national average that has increased 5.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.67/ gal, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.
Including the change in gas prices in Atlanta during the past week, prices yesterday were 3.9 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 28.9 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 24.8 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 5.7 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.
“The national average has spiked 25 cents per gallon just in the last month, thanks to an onslaught of refinery problems — main- ly in the Great Lakes and California,” said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. “While these situations are temporary in nature, it goes to show this nations dependence on domestic refineries. While oil prices have gained in recent days, there is some light at the end of the tunnel for motorists: driving season will be over in less than a month and soon thereafter, the EPA also relaxes gasoline mandates, meaning cheaper winter fuel,” DeHaan said. organize, direct, manage and supervise dayto-day operations and work activities that involve the construction, maintenance, and repair of county roads, streets, bridges, sidewalks, storm sewers and related projects.
Morgan said at the Aug. 7 meeting that the assistant roads director position needed to be filled and she was trying to combine two jobs, but she would pull the position from the website and put back the previous position or leave it empty.
In her email to The News, Morgan said she only created the position to fill a void and she didn’t think it required approval from the board.
“I ordered the job to be posted with changes to fill the vacant assistant roads department director [position]. I made changes to the job description to fill a void for professional services needed in public works,” Morgan said. “These changes were made after asking our human re- sources director to pull the job descriptions from several counties our size and review their requirements for a similar position.
“I interpreted the charter to give the chairman the right to hire and fire all road department employees; however, Mr. Ewing interprets the charter differently. Therefore, when challenged, I pulled the posting. I will be posting the assistant roads department director as that position is vacant.”
During a follow-up phone conversation with Morgan Friday afternoon, she said she did not change the requirements; she only added more description. She said she wanted to hire someone with a master’s degree of business administration or public administration. She said the board has discussed hiring professionals for years, and Morgan didn’t think it would be a problem.
“I was trying to do what the commissioners instructed me to do over the years. I felt like it was more in line with other counties,” she said. “I never dreamed that what I did would be controversial.”