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Commissioners fix ordinance, name top employees

Posted: January 4, 2012 - 9:26am  |  Updated: January 8, 2012 - 4:05am
Columbia County Commissioner Bill Morris (right), along with Water Utility Director Billy Clayton, presents the Columbia County Employee of the Year Award to Water Utility worker Donna Clay, a 33-year employee of the county.   Staff Photo
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Columbia County Commissioner Bill Morris (right), along with Water Utility Director Billy Clayton, presents the Columbia County Employee of the Year Award to Water Utility worker Donna Clay, a 33-year employee of the county.

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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
years.

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.

LEADERS NAMED

 

As is customary for the first meeting of the year, commissioners chose a vice-chairman, and Chairman Ron Cross named committee assignments for the year.

Commissioners re-elected District 1 Commissioner Ron Thigpen as vice chairman by a unanimous vote from which Thigpen abstained.

Cross also named Thigpen as chairman of the Management and Finance Committee, with Commissioner Charles Allen as vice-chairman. Allen was named chairman of the Development Services Committee and Thigpen will be vice-chairman.

Management and Finance meets in the government center auditorium in Evans at 8 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, immediately followed by the Development Services Committee.

Cross named Commissioner Trey Allen as chairman of the Public Works Committee, with Commissioner Bill Morris as vice-chairman. Morris was named chairman of the Community and Emergency Services Committee, with Trey Allen named vice-chairman.

Development Services meets at 9 a.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month, followed by Community and Emergency Services.

The meetings are held in the government center auditorium except for the final meeting of each quarter. Those meetings will be held at the courthouse in Appling.

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Little Lamb

Development Services

Well, I guess Trey Allen is happy that he got moved off the Development Services committee. After his embarrassment over the Magnolia Trace thing I'm sure he won't want to be involved in more development projects anytime soon.

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