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Council hires city manager search firm, discusses irrigation at GSU
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    Despite the fact that much of the hulabaloo at the Statesboro City Council meeting Tuesday evening revolved around the issue of redistricting, there were other actions of note taken by the council.
    The council voted to hire the executive search firm Slavin & Associates to fill the position of city manager, vacated by George Wood. Wood sat on on his last meeting as acting manager Tuesday. Primarily, the council chose Slavin because they were a Georgia firm with local ties to Statesboro.
    In other action, the city authorized the donation of over 30 confiscated bicycles to the Statesboro Art Council to be used during the Tour de Georgia. While Councilman Will Britt was jokingly concerned that the professional rider would not be using the bicycles during the race, Averitt Center Executive Director Tim Chapman said the bicycles would be used by local artists to create artwork, which would be displayed during the race. The second leg of the Tour de Georgia will start in Statesboro on April 22.
    Council also voted to approve a $19,750 architectural services contract with HGBD, Inc. to create a plan to repair the Fair Road Fire Station. Repairs are necessary because unsealed exterior brick and a roofing problem has caused water damage to the interior of the building. The work will be divided into three phases: roofing and flashing, masonry and interior work/painting.
    The city also authorized the mayor to execute a letter of intent with Georgia Southern University regarding a water re-use system for irrigation. The city plans to redirect environmentally safe waste water to the university’s irrigation system that GSU will then use to water parts of the university, starting with Paulson Stadium, then possibly extending to Erk Russell Athletic Park and other areas of campus.

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