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Special city meeting called to grant variance
Crews installing natural gas pipeline should provide boost to local economy
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    The Statesboro City Council has called a special meeting for 10 this morning to seek a temporary permit for mobile dwelling units that will reside at 13 Grady Johnson Road, specifically Johnson’s Mobile Court.
    The mobile dwelling units, essentially RVs, are being brought into the area to accommodate crews that will install a liquefied natural gas pipeline through counties near Bulloch. The temporary permit is being sought because the city’s zoning ordinance does not allow for these types of units within the city limits. The meeting was called to expedite utilities hook-ups.
     According to Mayor Bill Hatcher, crews will be are working in the area for the next three or four months to install a portion of the pipeline from the Elbe Island at least as far as Wrens. He said their presence should be a shot in the arm to the local economy.
    “We just feel like with the economic conditions the way they are, we need to try to accommodate them,” Hatcher said. “They want to be here and we want them to be here.”
    Rumors have surfaced that the council may seek to punish city manager Shane Haynes for his role in the firing and subsequent reinstatement of former city clerk Judy McCorkle, possibly even going so far as to ask for his resignation. Councilman Travis Chance, who thinks the city manager is doing a fine job, said it’s possible that some action could be taken at the meeting, despite its absence on the agenda.
        “I would not be surprised if something were to take place tomorrow,” Chance said. “I would not be shocked if that happened.
        Over the past few months, council has made some surprising moves without informing the public beforehand – most notably proposing sweeping changes to the alcohol ordinance and the recent reinstatement of McCorkle.
        Should the public expect anything unusual in this special meeting?
        “No other business. That’s it,” said Councilman Joe Brannen.
        “Ten o’clock. One item,” Hatcher said.

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