On a day in which its members will meet with state legislators in Georgia's capitol city, the Statesboro City Council will convene at City Hall for its first February meeting.
Council will meet today at 9 a.m. to hear a list of motions before embarking on a trip to Atlanta for Statesboro's annual Wild Game Supper.
In the meeting, council will consider motions to change the name of a downtown street, provide a variance for the redevelopment of a residential property and maintain Statesboro's status as a "Georgia Certified City of Ethics."
Bill Moore, of Yates Astro in Statesboro, will request variances of the Statesboro Zoning Ordinance - pertaining to parking and landscaping - in order to redevelop a building located at 305 South Zetterower Avenue and the 300 block of South Broad Street.
Moore is interested in developing the site into an office and parking area for Yates Astro, which currently has a location on Gentilly Road.
Council also will decide whether or not to change the name of Cotton Avenue - which runs parallel to North Main Street, between Church Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive - to Bobby Donaldson Avenue.
"As you may or may not know, Bobby Donaldson was a champion of the community in and around Cotton Avenue," wrote Staff Attorney Michael Graves in a recommendation letter submitted to council. "Pursuant to his efforts, the area became a stronger and closer knit community. I had the privilege to work on this project with the members of the community and quickly recognized the impact that Mr. Donaldson had on the Cotton Avenue community and the City of Statesboro."
According to Graves, the city has received "overwhelming support" for the change and petitions from more than 75 percent of property owners on or adjacent to Cotton Avenue.
In addition, Mayor Joe Brannen and members of council will decide on a resolution today to have Statesboro remain a "Certified City of Ethics," as part of a program by the Board of Directors of the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA).
The certification process requires, in part, that the mayor and council subscribe to ethics principles approved by the GMA Board.
The principles include: Serving others before self, using resources with efficiency and economy, treating people fairly, using power to benefit constituents and creating an environment that is open, honest and with integrity.
In the evening, members of council will join local officials from Bulloch County in Atlanta for an annual Wild Game Supper.
The supper - an event planned and catered by Georgia Southern University, and sponsored by the Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Bulloch County and the City of Statesboro - provides local officials a chance to shake hands and meet with state legislators and officials.
Jeff Harrison can be reached at 912-489-9454.