Cordele Dispatch, Cordele, GA

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February 16, 2012

City, private group plan event

Vienna — Probate Court Judge Rooney Bowen asked for support from the city council here Monday night for an upcoming Community Meet and Greet that will be sponsored by the Friends of the Pennahatchee.

According to Bowen, the event is scheduled for Saturday, March 31 from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. in the park across from the Dooly County Courthouse.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for all citizens in the community to come together,” said Bowen. “This is NOT in any way a political event. We just want to emphasize the three F’s: Food, Fellowship and Friendship.”

Bowen said that all food including BBQ, hamburgers, hot dogs and all the trimmings will be provided, and there will be no cost to the city. He said the group wants everyone to bring anyone they can and just have some time together, breaking bread.

“There will be plenty of food to go around,” said Bowen. “And probably even more than that. We also want to make sure that we have plenty of places for folks to sit down and enjoy their food. We want everyone in the community to take part in this. We are also going to deliver meals to those who are unable to attend.”

Bowen said the group would like to have the streets in front of the courthouse and in front of the post office closed in order to create sitting space.

He also asked that the council appoint a liason to work with the Friends of the Pennahatchee to assist with the logistics of the event. Council member Henry Johnson will be that person.

Police Chief Jamey Reed said his department not only will be happy to handle the safety of the event, but officers also will volunteer to assist in delivering some of the meals.

“So y’all invite whoever you can to come out and make this event a success for our community bringing everyone together,” Bowen said.

Mayor Daniels presented council member Walter Brown with a certificate of recognition Monday night.

According to Daniels, Brown has successfully completed 42 hours of continuing education training from the University of Georgia provided by Georgia Municipal Association.

Mayor and council, as well as the city administrator, periodically attend the training, gaining six hours each time. Training includes topics such as political science, public safety, and public media and other topics that are beneficial to effectively governing a city.

Also on the agenda:

• Valecia Sales of the DCCEC (Dooly County Community Enrichment Council) approached council requesting its support, financially as well as for the annual Rites of Passage ceremony.

• Council approved the first reading of the employee retirement plan ordinance.

• They tabled a request from DCUTS regarding a 30 day emergency contract.

• A bid was accepted for security systems for city hall and public works from Hall Communications in the amount of $5,950.

• City administrator Gail Bembry announced that there will be a public hearing held on Feb. 20 to discuss and demonstrate the new meters.

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