2017-08-09 / Front Page

City General Election set

The July Blakely City Council meeting was postponed to Thursday, July 6 due to the July 4th holiday.

At that meeting the council adopted the General Election ordinance setting the criteria for the Nov. 7, 2017 city election.

Candidates for City Council District 1, Post 1 and District 2, Post 2 will be on the ballot. The ordinance sets the qualifying period to begin at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 21 and end at 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 24. The qualifying fees are set at $72.

District 1, Post 1 is presently held by Councilman Al Hutchins. District 2, Post 1 is held by Councilman Charles Middleton.

At that meeting it was reported that there were 96 fiber optic broadband customers. Revenues to date were $2,986, an average of $96. 24 per customer. Deputy E911 Director Jim Copp reported the center is receiving approximately 1,900 calls per month from the three counties served — Early, Randolph and Stewart.

Copp also recognized three E911 employees — April Craft, Jasmine Williams and Krystal Levatt — for achieving further certification.

At the Aug. 1 meeting, the council reached agreement on “pole attachment back payment” with Patricia Jones of the Blakely Housing Authority.

They also agreed to site plan changes proposed by Lillie Powell for ministry buildings she plans to place on property on Red Bud Street.

The council adopted a resolution approving amendments to the 2017 Comprehensive Plan for Early County.

The 35-page Comprehensive plan can be seen at www.earlycountynews.com.

The council adopted a resolution pertaining to USDA funding of the city’s proposed municipal building. The USDA funds would in part reimburse the city’s construction expenditures.

City Clerk Melinda Crook presented budget adjustments which were approved by the council.

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