Miscue nixes Euharlee traffic light
by Neil McGahee
Aug 21, 2013 | 1226 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After several minutes of lively debate by Euharlee City Council over liabilities, exorbitant cost and traffic surveys, a simple misunderstanding spelled the demise of a proposed traffic light at Covered Bridge Road and Euharlee Road.

“Wait,” said Mayor Kathy Foulk as the work session dialogue turned toward involving the Georgia Department of Transportation, “I’m talking about a street light, not a stop light.”

“Oh, no,” City Manager Trish Sullivan exclaimed. “Your note said ‘st. light,’ and I thought that meant ‘stop light.’”

Free of possible state interference, council agreed to install the proposed lighting.

Foulk introduced the next matter for discussion.

“I think we’re all aware that several people in the community are circulating petitions to get package sales — for package stores — on the November ballot,” she said. “It requires 35 percent of registered Euharlee voters to sign the petitions. They aren’t soliciting or selling anything, they’re just asking for it to be on the ballot.”

As the discussion inched toward the societal aspects of alcohol, Councilman Craig Guyton reminded council that it wasn’t within its realm to support or deny, it was just a matter of following the law.

Moving forward, Foulk’s announcement of the next topic — repairs on an Osborne Park restroom — was met with a unanimous “again” from council.

“We have had a lot of vandalism in all our parks in the past 10 months,” Sullivan explained, “but vandals broke through a bathroom wall at Osbourne Park to try to gain access to concession stand supplies.”

She said the wall must be replaced and better security measures like video cameras installed.

The final topic of the session involved departmental responsibility for maintenance at Joe Cowan Park. Council determined that the Parks and Recreation Department was responsible for maintenence of the playing fields and the Public Works Department was responsible for the areas outside the fields.

Euharlee City Council meets next on Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 7 p.m. at Euharlee City Hall.