ADICA appoints fresh faces

ALBANY -- When ADICA convenes in February, there will be two new faces at the table after the Albany City Commission voted Monday to replace the spots vacated by Chairman Jane Willson and Lajuana Woods.

Local attorney Robert Kraselsky and Albany Community Together CEO Thelma Johnson were appointed by the commission to serve a two-year tour on ADICA.

Incumbent Commissioner Elvis Muldrow was also selected by the commission to return to his seat at the table of the Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority.

Kraselsky said that he was thankful for the appointment and that he's ready to "think outside the box," to get downtown fully developed.

"I'm pleased with the appointment and am looking for forward to serving," he said. "I don't have a specific agenda, I view the authority as receiving requests for financial support. I anticipate that we we'll receive those requests and I intend to look very, very, carefully to make sure we have binding contracts, in writing, with anyone we do business with."

"It will not be business as usual or business as it has been, on that board," he said.

Calls attempting to reach Johnson were unsuccessful Tuesday.

A fourth board position, vacated by longtime board member James Griffin, will be chosen by the remaining board members of ADICA.

Two others, David Prisant and Aaron Johnson, were also nominated, but failed to obtain enough votes to earn a seat on the board.

The city commission also voted Monday night to reappoint two existing members of the Albany Water, Gas & Light Commission.

WG&L Commissioner JoAnn Pope will return to the board for another two-year term as will state Representative Carol Fullerton, D-Albany, who was voted in over the "nay" votes of Commissioner Tommie Postell and Albany Mayor and WG&L Board Chairman Willie Adams.

Adams said Tuesday that his vote against Fullerton wasn't personal, saying instead that he believes her position as a state representative keeps her away from the board for three months each year and that the board should be more diverse by having Jay Kimbro, who was nominated for the position by Bob Langstaff, at the table.

"Personally, I believe that we need someone who is able to be there for all of the sessions and Mrs. Fullerton, with her position in the legislature, will be in Atlanta for three months," Adams said. "I don't have anything personal against Carol, we're all grown people here."

Last year, a push was made to remove Fullerton from the board.

Publicly, officials said that it was because her absences while she was in Atlanta were unexcused. Privately, rumors circulated that kicking her off the board was a reprisal for joining with state Rep. Ed Rynders, R-Leesburg, to push a bill calling for the consolidation of Albany and Dougherty County through the Georgia House.

Adams discounted the chatter, but Postell continued to refer to Fullerton and Rynders' efforts as "clandestine," right up until the city voted to send a consolidated charter proposal up to Atlanta for consideration.