Child care center approved in Leesburg

LEESBURG, Ga. -- A child care center on Society Avenue capable of housing up to 55 children was approved Tuesday night by the Leesburg City Council.

Council members voted unanimously to grant conditional approval to use a home at 173 Society St. as a child care center.

Property owner Reginald Fluellen Sr. said he is in the process of hiring staff members and checking their backgrounds. The facility is expected to operate from 6:30 a.m. until 6 p.m., Fluellen said.

Meanwhile, the council also approved two rezonng requests that had already been approved by the Planning Commisison. The council:

  • Rezoned 11.2 acres on the north side of Robert B. Lee Drive east of Park Street West and west of the railroad from agricultural to C-2 general business.
  • Rezoned 23.75 acres 1,110 feet east of the intersection of Robert B. Lee Drive south of Park Street extension on the west side of the railroad tracks from R-1 single family residential to C-2 general business.

In other business, the council accepted an apparent low bid of $112,912 from Zane Gray Construction Co. for site work preparation for a new city public works building.

In a related matter, the council also accepted a low bid of 1.8 percent from Colony Bank to finance the public work construction and site preparation work.

Council members voted to hire Mauldin and Jenkins accounting firm to handle the city's audit. The firm submitted an apparent low bid of $12,600. The bid was just $250 under a proposal by Garland Williams and Associates, a Lee County accounting firm operated by former Lee County Commissioner Bill Williams.

The City Council began Tuesday's night meeting by immediately voting to go into executive session. After a 30-minute closed session, the council returned and noted that no action would be taken as a result of the private meeting.

The meeting may have been in response to an agenda item. Typically, executive sessions, if called, are conducted at the end of the regular meetings.

Also, the meeting may have involved the hiring process for the council's first city manager. Applications are being accepted for the post through Aug. 16.