As reported 30 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News and The Martinez-Evans Times, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 1977:
Citizens League meets
Three members of the Columbia County Board of Commissioners met with the Martinez-Evans Citizens League to discuss county government at the league's regular meeting Monday night.
County Commission Chairman Lynn Norris and Commissioners Vince Robertson and Dillard Watkins attended the meeting.
Norris discussed action taken by the present board during its one-week tenure. He reported that there were $3 million in budget requests, but the board had allocated $2.5 million in actual budget expenditures.
Norris also said the County Commission has hired a new planning and zoning administrator. The new administrator, Steve Szablewski, has a master's degree from Georgia Southern and Georgia Tech, as well as seven years' experience in planning and zoning.
The approval of the 1977 budget and changing the Recorder's court schedule were among the items on the agenda of the Harlem City Council, which met Monday night.
The budget, with an anticipated $267,900 in revenue and anticipated $232,865 in expenditures, was unanimously adopted.
The council also discussed the need for a study of the parking situation along Louisville Street, and the enforcement of a local ordinance on the maintenance of private lots.
Five hundred trees were planted in Harlem for a beautification program initiated by the Harlem Women's Club. Through the joint efforts of the club, the Harlem Jaycees and the city of Harlem, the program was completed Jan. 8, 1977.
The saplings, donated by the Women's Club and planted by the Jaycees, line the city's main avenues: Louisville Road and Highway 78.
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