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Busy week for city council
Second hearing on voting districts is set for Thursday
Joe Brannen Statesboro Mayor WEB
Mayor Joe Brannen

Statesboro City Council, Mayor Joe Brannen and interim City Manager Frank Parker will gather today for a work session and regularly-scheduled meeting in City Hall’s second floor council chambers.
    City officials will come together for a 4:30 p.m. work session to discuss medical benefit packages for city employees during the forthcoming fiscal year, before conducting its final routine meeting of May at 6 p.m.
    A short list of agenda items appearing before council will include a motion to execute a contract allowing the Bulloch County Board of Elections to conduct city elections, and another to set a public hearing date for the 2012 budget – the proposed hearing date is June 14 at 4 p.m.
    Tuesday’s sessions will kick-off a busy week for city officials, who will meet four times during the next seven days.
    Thursday, City Hall will host a public forum to allow Statesboro residents an opportunity to examine and discuss, with councilman, proposed maps for new, reformed council voting districts.
    The meeting is the second of two scheduled forums providing citizens access to preliminary plans for redistricting by Statesboro’s Department of Community Development.
    About 20 individuals attended the first meeting, in which city staff supplied maps and population figures outlining preliminary proposed changes.
    The purpose behind the public forums, first called for by Councilman Travis Chance, is to collect public feedback and make any feasible alterations requested, said Parker.
    The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall.
    Councilmen and Mayor Brannen will gather again Monday, May 23 to attend a meeting with the Bulloch County Board of Commissioners to discuss the Special Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST).
    City and county representatives are expected to examine projects that may be funded with potential SPLOST funds, said Brannen.
    The meeting is scheduled for noon in the Community Room of the North Main Annex.
    Jeff Harrison can be reached at (912) 489-9454.

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