Columbia County commissioners started off the new year with new assignments and a restart of a revised ordinance.
The ordinance revision, which streamlines the way nonprofit organizations apply for temporary alcohol licenses for special events, received first reading Dec. 20, but had technical errors, said County Administrator Scott Johnson.
Because ordinance changes require two readings before taking effect, commissioners had to redo the first reading Tuesday and plan to finalize the changes at their Jan. 17 session.
Prior to the ordinance change, which was the only business enacted during the 18-minute meeting, commissioners recognized Water Utility worker Donna Clay as the county’s employee of the year.
“Miss Donna has more integrity than anyone I know,” said Water Utility Director Billy Clayton.
Clay, the stepdaughter of former Grovetown mayor and city council member Dennis Trudeau, has worked for the county for 33
The 53 members of the county’s Roads and Bridges Department were named team of the year from among the county’s 12 teams of the month for 2011, having earned the distinction during their response to a February 2011 snowstorm.
“They not only stepped up throughout that event, but throughout the year,” said Roads and Bridges Manager Tim Holloway.