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Register council studies water, natural gas
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    Register Town Council met on Tuesday at the Register Town Hall, with the mayor, five council members and several citizens present.
    Discussing accounts payable, Mayor James L. Oates Sr. explained that the work completed by MSO Water Systems needed further examination.
    “We need to take a better look at the job they did,” Oates said.  
    Council reviewed the possible sale of a police vehicle and public works trailer that are no longer needed.
    Clerk Rhonda DeLoach reported that the U.S. Census Bureau had contacted her office to advise that they will be available to assist area citizens in filling out their census forms until April 19, Monday through Friday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    Council discussed possible sites that the Census Bureau might use for the training sessions.
    Clerk DeLoach advised council that one new water account and one new business license were issued this year.
    Giving the Police Department report, DeLoach said there were 40 citations issued in January and 36 citations issued in February.
    Mayor Oates informed council that Statesboro Gas will deliver natural gas to the new restaurant to be opening downtown on Main Street.
    Discussing the prospect of natural gas being made available to the entire town, council noted that the expense of the gas lines being put under the railroad tracks was shown in past to be prohibitive.
    “I'd like to see us be able to accomplish this,” said Oates.  “Having natural gas available would be a big savings to our residents.”
    Mayor Pro Tem Donnie Roberts, also a member of the Register Volunteer Fire Department, advised that the RVFD wants to mark two fire lanes on the east side of Main Street on either side of the fire house.
    Present at the meeting was previous mayor Katie O'Grady, who asked council if they were planning to attend newly-elected officials training, a program required by the state and offered by the Georgia Municipal Association.
    Roberts answered that each council member would be attending, with Oates adding that council had discussed the issue at their January meeting.
    Councilman John F. Williams III suggested council move forward with a plan for setting up the town's generator and making sure it is maintained and operates correctly.
    “It's a matter of public safety,” said councilman Kevin C. Boyd.