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Council member to host meeting
Riggs sends invitations to some in District 4
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John Riggs

      It is unclear what will be discussed today at a town hall meeting of sorts organized by Statesboro City Councilman John Riggs. The meeting is set for 2 p.m. at the Honey Bowen Building.
      The Herald was notified about the meeting when residents in the Edgewood Subdivision said they received a postcard invitation to a town hall meeting. No press release or any other notification was sent to the newspaper.
       The invitation read: "You are personally invited to a District 4 Town Hall Meeting With Your Statesboro City Councilman, John Riggs, Sunday October 17, 2010, 2:00 p.m., Honey Bowen Building, Statesboro Recreation Department." Riggs was elected in 2009 to replace Joe Brannen, who was elected mayor.
      Council members have come under fire recently for refusing to discuss any reasons why Shane Haynes was asked to resign as city manager and then given a $162,000 settlement by the council. Members of the Bulloch County TEA party asked specific questions of the council at a recent meeting, but received no response.
      In a phone message Riggs left at the Herald Friday evening, he said he sent out invitations to everyone in his district on "this side" of Fair Road, meaning the north side of Fair Road.
      That would include part of the Woodlawn Subdivision, the Edgewood Subdivision and houses along Gentilly Avenue and side streets between Brannen Street and Fair Road.
      "It was put together in haste," Riggs said in the message. "There are probably some people who did not get invitations and there are some people who might have even gotten two. I've done my best to inform everybody about the meeting."
      Riggs did not outline what he is going to share with District 4 constituents or how much give and take will be allowed during the meeting. Riggs said in the message he hopes "all of District 4 will come out and hear what I have to say and maybe ask a few questions."
       Riggs also said in the message that he intends to hold another meeting for the constituents on the South side of Fair Road - primarily students - sometime in the future. He said that he hopes to contact the Georgia Southern University Student Government Association president to see if they "can set something up, with maybe all the students and hear what their concerns are."
       The Honey Bowen Building is located on the corner of Max Lockwood Drive and Fair Road just across the parking lot from El Sombrero and Holiday's Restaurants.
       Phil Boyum may be reached at (912) 489-9454

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