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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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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Doctor Sonny Proctor Announces Candidacy for Re-Election to Jasper City Council

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Doctor Sonny Proctor announced he will be running to be re-elected for the Jasper City Council by sending a statement,

First of all, I want to thank all the citizens of Jasper for giving me the opportunity to serve you on your City Council. It has been a real honor, unlike any other ever bestowed on me. I also want to thank the Mayor and Council for working with me and being patient with me in my growth and experience.

At first the responsibilities seemed overwhelming but as I have learned more and more, and started to build relationships the rewards have been many as well. In just 8 months we have made much progress, and even more exciting times in Jasper are just around the corner.

There is still much, much work to do, but the council, with your help, has identified those areas where more focus is needed, and I am confident we will continue to help our city.

For that reason I have decided to run again to represent you the citizens on your council, this time for a full four year term. I am sure I will be opposed, and ready for it, and I will need all of your support to prevail. I truly think my experiences past and present can benefit our city, and my heart is in the right place. This is to preserve what is good about our city, and improve the rest! Again, thank you!

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Jasper City Council Meeting

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Low bid approvals could see road changes and repairs after August’s City Council meeting.

Under new business Paul Poore discussed having a new downtown event on November 4, 2017. To follow up on the event read, Sports Car Event Coming to Pickens.

Next on the agenda, David Hall brought attention to the need of a lift station pump. Lift stations are used for pumping wastewater or sewage from a lower to a higher elevation. Hall told the council it was vital that the pump be repaired being that it has been patched multiple times and runs the risk of leaking. The council made the approval to repair the pump by accepting the low bid of $11,875 from Foreline.

Superintendent Dr. Carlton Wilson spoke with Mayor John Weaver and stated the Board of Education would give back to the city the Dixie Street Extension. This street runs between Jasper Elementary School and the old gym. It has been blocked off for many years making it unavailable for traffic due to children crossing the road to enter the gym. The council approved to reopen Dixie Street Extension as an operational city street.

Following the approval of Dixie Street, council members accepted the bid of $44,000 to repair the wooden bridge on Main Street using out SPLOST dollars. Railworks Track System Inc. will be repairing the bridge and state,

After it is finished, it should be stable for a while.

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Sports Car Event Coming To Jasper

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Jasper, GA – At this month’s Jasper City Council Meeting, Paul Poore of Jasper Merchants Association discussed the idea of having a new downtown event on November 4, 2017.

Poore has been working with Georgia Z Club and Fair Lady Alliance of Atlanta to arrange the event. Together the groups would bring 70 new model sports cars to the event, for a car cruise-in, in downtown Jasper.

Main Street would be blocked off from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. to allow different musicians to play, sponsored by Mountain City Auto Parts, and the variety of sports cars.

Poore also explained to the council that the groups coming to town plan to book local hotels and have a wine tasting on Sunday at local vineyards. This would allow both groups to see what Jasper has to offer, being that they are looking to use Jasper for one day of their National Convention next year.

The City Council made the decision to approve the event.

FYN will have more details on the event as it progresses.

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Agenda for Monday Night’s Regular Council Meeting

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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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Skid Steer Disagreements

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Although a few members short, Mayor Weaver brought attention to the council a matter that had been declined last month, the purchase of a new skid steer for $60,611.

Donnie Fowler spoke to the council and insisted that a new skid steer would help with much larger projects and would provide safety to those operating it. The current equipment can handle many jobs, but runs the risk of being a liability with it not having a cab enclosure.

Council Member Jim Looney and Mayor Weaver went head to head on this topic. Mayor Weaver agreed with Fowler in the fact that a new skid steer could handle bush hogging and the larger logs through the city.

Jim Looney and other members of the council had a harder time seeing the need for the new equipment. Throughout the back and forth conversation Looney stated he wouldn’t agree return to the other one they had as the cage cab could prevent someone from being injured while bush hogging.

Although the skid steer was approved this time around, John Foust voted against the skid steer. FYN asked Foust after the meeting about his decision,

It’s not that I disagree with a new Skid Steer, I just think there is more to look into and think about on it.

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