Citizens can meet and greet new City Manager Charles Penny between 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday at Joe Brannen Hall, 58-A East Main St., before his first Statesboro City Council meeting, 5:30 p.m. next door at City Hall.
Penny arrived on the job July 1. He and his wife, Edith Penny, recently moved here from Rocky Mount, North Carolina, after buying a home in Statesboro. All of Charles Penny’s previous 35-plus years in city staff and management jobs were spent in North Carolina, where he attained his bachelor's degree in political science from North Carolina Central University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina.
After previous service with other towns, he worked for the city of Rocky Mount more than 22 years, including 16 as an assistant city manager and more than six as the city manager before retiring there in 2017.
Penny succeeds Randy Wetmore, who retired as Statesboro city manager May 31 but has since been hired as city manager by Bridgeport, West Virginia.
The city of Statesboro is hosting the reception for Penny, with invitations issued on behalf of the mayor and council.
Meanwhile, the agenda for the Tuesday evening, July 16, council meeting was posted Wednesday on the city’s website, www.statesboroga.gov.
One item slated for a vote is an amendment to the intergovernmental agreement with the county regarding Statesboro’s Downtown Tax Allocation District, sometimes called the Blue Mile TAD. The October 2017 agreement allows the Bulloch County government’s property tax revenue growth in the district to go to the TAD fund, previously funded only from city taxes, for redevelopment projects.
The amendment would “correct certain technicalities and deficiencies that have been discovered” in the agreement, states a proposed new clause in the introductory resolution.
Another city-county intergovernmental agreement is on the agenda for a one-year extension. It governs the Statesboro Fire Department’s service to the five-mile fire protection district beyond the city limits, for which residents pay 1.8 mills added property tax that passes from the county to the city. The one-year extension, already approved by the county commissioners, is proposed to allow time for further negotiations of changes and a longer-term contract.
Pay plan reset
A set of revisions to the job classification and pay plan for city employees is also slated for action Tuesday. One purpose of the revisions is to protect raises initiated for police officers in 2017, since the Police Department’s separate pay scale did not mesh with an update of the overall city pay plan based on a recent study by a consulting firm.
Among other things, Tuesday’s agenda also includes nine zoning requests brought forward with recommendations from the Planning Commission and city staff. Eight of the requests are from the West District mixed-use development on South College Street, and include variances, a zoning map amendment and a site plan.
The ninth request comes from developers of the recently annexed 33-acre Continental Road LLC property, on Veterans Memorial Parkway west of U.S. Highway 301 South, to change the zoning of a 4.74-acre portion from Commercial Retail to Highway-Oriented Commercial.
Herald reporter Al Hackle may be reached at (912) 489-9458.