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City Council special meeting 7:30 a.m. Tuesday
Topics include T-SPLOST, other infrastructure funding
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Statesboro’s mayor and City Council members plan to get an early start Tuesday with a 7:30 a.m. called council meeting.

Open to the public, the meeting in the council chambers at City Hall was scheduled primarily to deal with two matters having to do with funding transportation and other infrastructure projects and equipment and maintenance needs.

First, Davenport & Company, financial advisors to the city, are to present information on funding for capital projects and take part in discussion with the city officials.

“It’s early. We want to go ahead and get it over with,” Mayor Jonathan McCollar said. “We don’t anticipate it taking that long, but the meeting is just for Davenport to give us an idea, when it comes to capital improvement projects, exactly what would be the best route for funding.”

Second, the elected officials are to hear from city staff members and discuss priorities and scheduling for Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax projects.

“We want to make sure we do a good job of prioritizing those projects and getting those in the pipeline so they’ll be turnkey as the funding is made available,” McCollar said.

The T-SPLOST, a new 1 percent sales tax, was approved by a majority of Bulloch County voters in May, and collection began Oct. 1. But with shares of the revenue going first to finance shared county projects meant to benefit all four towns as well as rural residents, and then to the three smaller towns, Statesboro won’t begin receiving money for city-specific projects for several months.

Also on Tuesday’s agenda, in fact listed first, is a public hearing and probable motion on an alcoholic beverage license application for Shuckin’ Shack, operated by Blue Water Seafood LLC at 26 Independence way. License application hearings are routinely added to the first available agenda.

The council’s next regular meeting will be Nov. 6 at 9 a.m.

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