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Boro Council greets 2019 Wednesday at 9 a.m.
To set election fees, contract T-SPLOST project engineers
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Statesboro City Council, which usually meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month, will start 2019 with a 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, public meeting.

Of course, this first Tuesday is the New Year’s holiday, so the mayor and council are meeting a day later.

Among other things on Wednesday’s agenda, the council is scheduled to set candidate qualifying fees for three of its seats. 2019 is a non-mayoral city election year, leading to a Nov. 5 nonpartisan general election in affected districts only.

The seats up for election will be those in District 2, held by Councilman Sam Lee Jones; District 3, held by Councilman Jeff Yawn; and District 5, held by Councilman Derek Duke. Both Jones and Yawn were first elected by qualifying unopposed in 2015.

Duke, who won a special election and runoff last May and June, is currently completing the unexpired term of former Councilman Travis Chance, who resigned in March after 10 years on the council. So Duke will have to stand for election again if he wants to continue for a four-year term.

The qualifying fee will be $227, but candidates can’t qualify until August. State law requires cities to set the fees at the beginning of the year. It’s a consent-agenda formality.


T-SPLOST projects

City projects to be funded with the new Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax approved by Bulloch County voters last May are beginning to arrive on the council’s agenda. With T-SPLOST funding, the council is slated to award engineering contracts Wednesday to two local firms.

One firm is eyed to do engineering work for sidewalk installation on West Jones Avenue and Gentilly Road and for a separate project that includes installation of a pedestrian bridge on the trail in Edgewood Park as well as sidewalk installation on Herty Drive and Edgewood Drive.

Another firm is being considered for services related to sidewalk installation and roadway improvements along East Main Street and Packinghouse Road and separately for roadway and intersection improvements along Stillwell Street.

But eight zoning variance, conditional use or zoning amendment requests are likely to consume more time Wednesday morning. These require public hearings within the overall meeting.

At the end of the open meeting, a closed session is possible. Mayor Jonathan McCollar and the council held preliminary discussions toward a search for a new city manager in November and December. Current City Manager Randy Wetmore is contracted only until May 31, since he plans to retire. 

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