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City Council meets twice Tuesday
Workshop on housing at 3:30 p.m.; regular meeting at 5:30 p.m.
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Among other things, Statesboro City Council is slated to adopt the city’s fiscal year 2020 budget and schedule of fees, to consider annexing a 33-acre tract  and to appoint a one-month interim city manager at Tuesday’s 5:30 p.m. regular meeting.

But first, the council will hold a 3:30 p.m. called work session – also open to the public – to hear a presentation by Dr. Jermaine Durham, director of the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing. The initiative works through the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and also involves the University of Georgia.

“Their primary focus is affordable housing, or what we would call today workforce housing, and so we’re meeting with them because the organization has been a great tool for other communities to revitalize areas but then to also provide affordable housing opportunities for those communities as well,” Mayor Jonathan McCollar said Monday.

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Mayor Jonathan McCollar

To this point, more than 70 Georgia communities have gone through the multi-year program, he noted.

No motions are votes are scheduled for the 3:30 work session, unlike the regular meeting that follows.

 

Sanitation fees

The 5:30 p.m. regular City Council meeting brings the adoption of the budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1. A public hearing on the budget was part of the previous regular meeting. No tax increase or water and sewer rate increases are called for in this budget.

However, an increase of about 5 percent in sanitation fees was assumed for the budget and is included in the annual schedule of rates, fines and fees, also on this evening’s agenda. For residential polycart service, the fee will increase from the current $18 a month to $19. For commercial polycart service, the fee will increase from the current $20.25 to $22. The hike will be proportional for larger commercial bins.

The proposal to appoint an interim city manager for just the month of June follows the mayor and council’s recent hiring of Charles W. Penny, who is moving from Rocky Mount, North Carolina, to be Statesboro’s city manager beginning July 1. This left a 30-day gap following current City Manager Randy Wetmore’s retirement, set to take effect May 31.

At first, McCollar had noted that the city has two interim assistant city managers and said he felt secure with them getting the city through the 30 days. But a memo in Tuesday’s agenda packet quotes a passage of the city charter as saying that any vacancy in the city manager’s office “shall be filled by the mayor and council.”

The memo from City Attorney Cain Smith also states the expected budget impact as “none.” McCollar said who the interim will be is for the council to decide together.

 

Annexation

Continental Road LLC is requesting that approximately 33.35 acres at 7130 Veterans Memorial Parkway be annexed into Statesboro. Some related zoning requests are also on the agenda.

Four proposed ordinances are back on the agenda for second readings and possible adoption, and one proposed ordinance is scheduled for a first reading.

Both meetings will be in the council’s chambers at City Hall.