Cordele Dispatch, Cordele, GA

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January 14, 2013

Unadilla Council reorganizes for new year

Unadilla —  Council members kicked off their first meeting of 2013 with some organizational housekeeping.

Councilman Chester Thomas was appointed mayor pro tem for 2013. The position was held in 2012 by Councilman Dexter Whitaker.

Long-time City Clerk Barbara Knowles announced her retirement at the end of last year. Mayor Dr. Bobby West’s recommendation that she be allowed to work on a part-time basis, two days a week as a consultant, was approved.

Shamica Davis, election superintendent was re-appointed to that position by a unanimous vote. She will also become the new city clerk.

West said that with the new transportation special purpose local option sales tax (TSPLOST) going into effect, he has been advised that the city should open a new account for those funds to keep them separate from regular city funds. This account will be with State Bank and Trust.

Council members also were informed by West that the city has been awarded a $25,933.50 grant for maintenance and road improvements. The city is required to pay a 10% match of $2,593.35 to receive the funding, and money from the TSPLOST can be used to pay the match. He also asked for suggestions on roads that need work in the city.

West informed Events Consultant Ann Sinyard that he has received a lot of positive feedback regarding both the Christmas parade and the candlelight service that were December events.

Sinyard said 60 plus entries were entered in the Christmas parade which she believes was pretty close to a record. She agreed that the candlelight service was well attended and that the participating pastors did a fine job.

In receiving feedback about the parade, she said she has had numerous citizens ask that the date be changed to the first week in December, when kids are in school and may want to participate.

She is still working toward establishing a David Ragan Day in the city, she said. Furthermore, she wants to get Unadilla included in the 100 mile yard sale.

The mayor and council members in turn shared their appreciation for all the hardwork and cooperation throughout 2012 and said they look forward to 2013 and what the New Year will mean for the city.

“I believe that we work together well,” said West. “We will continue to do our best in 2013. When I make a decision a go on my knees. I cannot be moved by man because I listen to the master.”                                                                                                                                                          

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