Grovetown and Harlem officials made some changes during their city council meetings Monday.
A new city councilman and an incumbent, both elected to terms in November, took the oath of office before the first Grovetown council meeting of 2010.
Sonny McDowell, who won the seat formerly held by Rosa Lee Owens, was sworn into office next to Bruce Stoddard, who is beginning his third four-year term.
"Hopefully, you're ready to go to work," Mayor George James told McDowell.
When McDowell replied he was, James said, "That's what I like to hear."
At McDowell's first meeting as a councilman, the council decided to allow the state Department of Community Affairs to submit a third Community Development Block Grant application to the federal Housing and Urban Development for repairs to sewer lines in the older section of town. Rainwater is infiltrating the lines and being treated in the city's wastewater treatment plant.
"They (DCA) feel like we have a real good chance of getting it this time," James said.
Harlem officials changed the time of their monthly city council meetings. Formerly, they were held at 7 p.m. the third Monday, with the work session starting at 6:30 p.m. Starting in February, work sessions will be held on the same day at 6:30 p.m. with the council meeting to immediately follow.
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