Leesburg City Council to name public works director

LEESBURG, Ga. -- Members of the Leesburg City Council plan to meet at 5 p.m. on Jan. 15 to pick a new public works director, a position that has been vacant for about six months.

The council has narrowed the choices down to William Clark, Cary Tatum and Chris Wooten.

The council also recently approved a contract with CH2MHill OMI to operate its water and wastewater systems for the next two years.

City Clerk Casey Moore said the annual contract is roughly $375,000, which includes a regular monthly assessment of $30,000 a month with a small amount for miscellaneous services.

Meantime, Georgia Municipal Association staffer Pam Helton and GMA consultant Tom Berry will be in Leesburg during the next few weeks, gathering information for a study recently approved by the Leesburg City Council.

Lee County is the first county in Georgia to participate in the GMA program in which consultants do a strength and weakness assessment of the local government.

Berry said he and Helton plan to be interviewing various local leaders through Jan. 19. They plan to take the data gathered to GMA staff members the week of Jan. 22.

A report is expected to be given to Leesburg City Council members in early March, Berry said.

In other recent action, the City Council:

-- Reappointed Troy Golden to the Leesburg/Smithville/Lee County Joint Planning and Zoning Commission for another four years.

-- Approved a liquor license for San Joe's Restaurant for inside consumption.

-- Reappointed Jenny Crisp as the joint representative on the Southwest Georgia Regional Commission board for a one-year term.

-- Discussed the possibility of having monthly non-voting work sessions in addition to its regularly scheduled voting meetings.