Council member resigns to take new position

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JASPER, Ga. – Jasper City Council Member Jim Looney resigned during the Jasper City Council Meeting Monday, Feb. 5.

Resigning so that he may take the interim position of city manager, Looney stated it was due to information advised to him that state law prohibits a councilman from holding another municipal office without resigning from his council seat.

Looney read the state code in the council’s meeting: “A councilman or alderman of a municipal corporation shall be ineligible to hold any other municipal office during the term of office for which the councilman or alderman was chosen unless he first resigns as councilman or alderman before entering such other office.”

Immediately after his resignation, the city council officially nominated Looney as city manager for Jasper. As part of the motion made, the city manager position was set “until such time as specific duties and powers of the mayor and city manager are clearly delineated by the city council, that the city manager report to the mayor and city council collectively.”

Jasper Mayor John Weaver recognized members of the public to speak at the meeting. The council was questioned about the public knowledge of the proceeding involving the transfer of the city manager position from Weaver and now to Looney.

Jasper City Council Member Dr. Sonny Proctor commented saying he had asked about the situation last year and began researching the position and the separation of positions. Having spoken on the topic several times, Proctor confirmed there was closed discussion about personnel issues in executive sessions, but the votes were taken in public.

In addition to this resignation and appointment to the city manager position, Looney’s move leaves a city council seat open. During their meeting, the council approved a call for election and set the qualifying fee at $35 for the position. With details still coming about the approval, Jasper will be seeing more details about the election in the coming weeks.

One last comment from Proctor came before the final vote on the issue. “This is a time for us all to come together, and I know it doesn’t feel like that is what’s going on,” Proctor said. “I’m not trying to divide us. I’m trying to bring us together, in a different way I understand that. But I want us to collaborate and work together.

The official vote appointing Looney as city manager came 3-1 with council member Tony Fountain being the dissenting vote.

As the meeting moved through the rest of the agenda items, it came time to adjourn the meeting. However, Mayor John Weaver took time to make one final comment before adjournment saying, “I have been mayor/city manager for 25 years, 5 months, 2 days and 15 minutes, maybe 4 hours and 15 minutes. Anyway, I have enjoyed my stay here and I feel like by being the mayor/city manager, being the evil thing that it is, has allowed the city of Jasper to grow from a $1.6 million budget to over $12 million without raising taxes and with only one water rate increase. I feel like by being the mayor/city manager has given me the opportunity to go visit people, look them in the eye, and argue the case of the city of Jasper better than any city manager that you could possibly have.”

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Jasper City Police Seeking Information

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case# 17-08-6850

Lieutenant Matt Dawkins is seeking information regarding the identity of the below depicted female subject regarding, leaving scene of accident at local establishment on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 @ 11:45hrs.

If you know the identity of the female subject depicted here:
Please contact Lieutenant Matt Dawkins.

 

Any information is greatly appreciated.

Contact information listed below. Text messages preferred.
Tipster(s) will remain anonymous.

Thank You
Lt. Matt Dawkins
Jasper Police Department
55 Dixie Street Jasper, GA 30143
706-692-9110 Office
404-317-2532 Cell
mdawkins@jasper-ga.us

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2017 Municipal General Election Candidates

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Qualifying Candidates for the 2017 Municipal General Election for The City of Jasper, City Council is Ryan O’Dea, Anne Sneve (Incumbent), Doug Patterson, and Sonny Proctor (Incumbent).

October 10 will be the last day to register to vote in this years Municipal General Election.

Advanced voting will be held October 16 to November 3, Monday through Friday from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., at The Pickens County Board of Elections and Registration Office.

Election day is November 7, the Election Precinct will be open at Jasper City Hall from 7:00 A.M. until 7:00 P.M. Should a runoff election be required, it will be held on December 5, 2017.

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July City Council Meeting

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On Monday, July 10, 2017 the City Council met to discuss this month’s agenda. At this meeting the council chose to approve a skid steer from last month’s meeting. This will be an upgrade from the current equipment and hopefully benefit the workers. Follow up with more details on this story with “Skid Steer Disagreements“.

Following the skid steer approval, the current well test in Marble Hill has been approved to change over to Whitestone. The current location doesn’t have as much water as expected. However, in Whitestone there is a considerable amount of water that should be able to save the City of Jasper a large amount of money in the future.

You may notice brown historic signs in surrounding cities in different areas, Amelia McEntyre spoke with the council to take the task of getting our own historic sign. They approved the sign and she will begin working towards one for our town.

McEntyre also discussed the location of The Pickens Arts and Cultural Alliance Cornbread Reunion. The Reunion will allow citizens come out to meet different artists and enjoy family activities.The Council approved the location, it will be held at the corner of South Main Street and East Spring Street, August 12 from 11 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

Donnie Fowler presented the council with business of purchasing a new sanitation truck also known as a garbage truck. He explained to the council that the trucks have been rode hard with 6,650 customers weekly along with one truck completely out of service. The council made the decision to keep and repair the current trucks to potentially save money in the future.

The council also approved the new Pickens County Library Board appointees, Ann Roper and Bobby Edge.

Lisa Hoyle read our finance report, which can be viewed here.

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Jasper City Council holds regular meeting ~ Swears in new Council member Dr. Sonny Proctor

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Dr. Sonny Proctor receives welcome from Mayor Weaver

The Jasper City Council held its regular meeting December 5th 2016 and first on the agenda was the swearing in of the newest City Council member Dr. Sonny Proctor.  Proctor was elected in the November election.

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Dealing with old business the 2nd reading of the updated noise ordinance was passed which will change the wording to remove the part which indicated you would need to live in the city limits to launch a complaint.  A local bar had received 4 citations due to noise in the last year.

New business included awarding the City’s liability/worker’s comp insurance to Key West Insurance.   Key West, a prior insurer for the City, came in with a bid 3 thousand lower than the competing bidders with no loss in coverage.  The city will also continue in an effort to move forward with the sewer/water system improvements.

The meeting came to a close with updates on economic development from Gerry Nechvatal, the finance report from Lisa Hoyle, Lonnie Waters gave a short update on animal control and DOT projects.  Chief Greg Lovell gave his police report and Chief Roper gave the fire report.  Fire calls were up but basically due to the calls received reporting the smoke from the wildfires.

There was also discussion on the water main damage from the crew laying fiber optics which drilled through a 8″ Main line casing and split the line.  It is unclear how long it will take to repair but the City was hopeful it would be within a few hours.

You can view the meeting below:

 

Purchasings Approved for Jasper City

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The Jasper City Council finalized and approved several purchases and services for the city Monday night, April 6. However, the city started their new business with an approval for the Pickens County Sportsman’s Club to utilize city land at Cove Creek and Cove Road for their Fishing Rodeo. Officially approved by the council, the event will be held in May from the 11th to the 14th.

 

Pickens Sheriff Donnie Craig also presented a donation from the Sheriff’s Foundation to the Jasper Youth Sports Association (JYSA) for $5,000. Money coming from the popular “JeepFest” event has allowed the Sheriff’s Foundation to donate $140,000 to charities and Sheriff Donald Craig thanked the Council for their cooperation with the major event.

 

The purchases for the city came in 3 motions to approve a 5-foot Asphalt Spreader that has the ability to go up to 9 feet for the cost of $50,000, a trailer for the Asphault Spreader not to exceed $7,700, and an Asphault Roller/Compactor not to exceed $15,000. The later two motions will allow the city to move forward as they continue searching for the trailer and roller/compactor so long as the price does not exceed the approved funding. Of course, excess funds will return as savings.

 

An emergency situation brought the council to its next approved purchase involving a HydroStop. The HydroStop would allow repairs to a line in the Hunter’s Ridge area while avoiding a possible 24 hour interruption of service for the surrounding area as the water tank would have to be fully drained before repairs could be made. This approval came as an emergency purchase as the council was brought concerns that the current patch on the leak may not hold long enough for the next council meeting and bids for the service to be taken.

 

Along with the purchases, Mayor John Weaver put a proposal before the Council to take finalize a Contract Payable to Lee Mullins. Inolving the sewer line that was put to the area of the Racetrac, the proposal would pay off a large portion of the remaining balance on the contract. The approved agreement would pay $150,000 from an investment account in the Water Fund and also the City would waive property tax and water bills outstanding. This is still pending to be agreed upon by Mr. Mullins. According to Mayor Weaver, it would also free up the sewer line for further developments and allow the council to set new tap on fees for it.
In the final part of the meeting, the council received a request from the Downtown Alliance to utilize the Roper Hospital Property for a invite-only market style gathering. The event was suggested in the request to be an 8-tent event to be held on Wednesday nights from 4:00 – 8:00pm beginning in May and ending in September. Approval was given by the council, while Mayor Weaver did mention the council would retain the right to revoke the allowance should any major issues arise.

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