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Manager contract, city budget on agenda for 9 a.m. Tuesday
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Approval of a contract for Charles W. Penny to be Statesboro’s next city manager and a public hearing on the fiscal year 2020 budget are on the agenda for Tuesday’s 9 a.m. City Council meeting.

Penny, designated by the mayor and council last month as the only finalist for city manager, will come to Statesboro from Rocky Mount, North Carolina, where he retired as city manager in 2017 but has since worked as a project consultant for the city of Rocky Mount. Now 61, he has more than 35 years of experience in city management. Penny’s proposed Statesboro contract and a cover memo show a July 1 start date, a month after current City Manager Randy Wetmore’s scheduled May 31 retirement.

On the council’s agenda, consideration of a vote on the contract follows a closed-door session to discuss personnel actions and possibly other matters late in the otherwise open meeting.

Fee increase

The public hearing on the budget for the new fiscal year, which also begins July 1, will be held in the middle of Tuesday’s regular meeting.

No tax increase is proposed. In fact, the city as of the start of the current fiscal year had restored its general fund reserve to $5.1 million, from less than $100,000 a decade ago.

But an increase of about 5 percent in sanitation fees for households and businesses was included as a funding assumption behind the new budget. So was an increase of a similar percentage in the tippage fees haulers pay to deposit waste at the household garbage transfer station and the yard waste landfill.

Other items on Tuesday’s agenda include readings of ordinances that would empower the Statesboro Works Commission, the Statesboro Youth Commission and the Diversity and Inclusion Commission to raise money and spend it. These are again listed as due for first readings, but drafts were presented at a meeting in April.

A proposed ordinance spelling out how the mayor and council appoint members to various boards and commissions is also slated for a first reading, after the council in April directed the city attorney to draft one. 

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