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Council to decide on city manager, district lines
Frank Parker mug
Frank Parker

Pending the inclinations of city council members, Statesboro may have a full-time city manager in place for the first time since the resignation of Shane Haynes in September 2010.
    Mayor Joe Brannen and members of Council will determine the fate of Frank Parker as Statesboro City Manager today during an executive session as part of a regularly scheduled meeting in City Hall’s second floor council chambers.
    According to councilmen Will Britt, John Riggs and Travis Chance, Parker is expected to have the interim tag removed from his title and offered the position full-time.
    A decision to offer Parker the job has been met with general support by most members of council. Chance, however, is critical of city officials for not conducting a search to assess other candidates.
     “If we did a search and Frank Parker was the logical choice and he was the most qualified candidate then give him the job,” he said. “But they have not even attempted to do a search because this has already been determined. This is not about doing what’s best for the city of Statesboro and that’s terrible.”
    As result of Tuesday’s meeting, the city too could move one step closer to adopting new boundaries for its five voting districts in time for November’s general election.
    After weeks of planning — including public meetings to help shape new districts — Statesboro’s Department of Community Development will present to council two proposed maps for new districts.
    The two maps will be discussed in a work session at 8:30 a.m. before council decides whether to move forth with a plan during its meeting.  
    Some council members have expressed concern that neither they nor the public were privy to the most recent proposal until the end of last week — the new, second proposal is, according to city staff, updated to reflect recommendations and comments received during public forums held to discuss district boundaries.
    The council meeting is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., immediately following the work session.
    Other items appearing on council’s agenda will include: a resolution to transfer a small tract of land to the Statesboro-Bulloch County Land Bank Authority for sale to Habitat for Humanity, a motion to award a contract for Comprehensive Banking Services to BB&T Bank and a motion authorizing the City Manager to negotiate the purchase of a Water Tanker with up to $205,000 of 2007 SPLOST dollars.
    
    Jeff Harrison can be reached at 912-489-9454

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