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Grovetown officials review investigation into employee misconduct

Posted: April 10, 2012 - 11:01pm

Grovetown officials decided at a Monday meeting to take more time to review an investigation into allegations of misconduct by a city employee.

In late March, the city council hired a private investigator to conduct the probe of a city Department of Public Safety employee who has not been publicly identified.

After a three-hour closed session at the monthly council meeting, Mayor George James said that he and the City Council members will take two weeks to review the lengthy findings of the investigation.

James has said that more than one Public Safety employee accused a colleague of inappropriate conduct.

Also at the meeting, the council approved the city’s Urban Redevelopment Plan. The plan outlines a process to redesign the oldest parts of the city, including much of the residential and commercial areas along Robinson Avenue, the railroad tracks and Wrightsboro Road.

“This is really more a vision, planning document,” City Councilman Sonny McDowell said.

No money has been allocated toward the plan. The five-year plan is estimated to cost about $100,000 a year for the first two years and more in the following years.

“It’s not an obligation,” CSRA Regional Commission Planning Director Christian Lentz. “It’s an aspiration.”

The first two years will focus mainly on redrafting land use and nuisance ordinances and feasibility studies including a traffic study of Robinson Avenue. City officials also will consider adding more staff and creating a mixed-use pilot site on the city-owned property where the Senior Center and a fire station currently sit on Robinson Avenue at Old Wrightsboro Road.

James said he hopes that site will be a example of how new design requirements can look and act as a draw for more commercial investment in the city.

“We hope there’s going to be a domino effect,” James said.

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