The first Euharlee City Council meeting of the year had a fairly short itinerary, with just a handful of items on the agenda Tuesday night.
The public meeting began with the swearing in of council members David Duncan and Tim Abbott by Mayor Steve Worthington. In November’s general election Duncan received 128 votes and Abbott received 111 votes. Third place candidate Michael W. Troxell received 60 votes in the three-way race for Euharlee’s two open council seats.
“I have a lot to learn, and you can’t learn unless you ask some questions, and you can’t learn unless you show up at places and get to know people,” Abbott said. “So if you think there’s something I need to learn or someplace I need to show up in order to meet the people of Euharlee, my lovely wife will tell you I love a good party.”
The council also voted unanimously to approve a State mutual aid agreement, which Euharlee City Manager James Stephens said is renewable every four years.
“This will put us into a position to assist with other jurisdictions that suffer disasters and for us to receive assistance if we suffer a natural disaster,” Stephens said. “That would be coordinated through the Georgia Emergency Management Agency and Homeland Security.”
Stephens suggested the council authorize Euharlee Police Chief Jody Matthews, Mayor Worthington and himself as local government representatives allowed to make requests for such State aid, with Euharlee City Clerk Carolyn Banks listed as the municipality’s fiscal officer under the agreement.
At the meeting, council also voted unanimously to name Councilman Jo Turner as Euharlee’s mayor pro tem.
Matthews then introduced several new members of the Euharlee Police Department. He said the City now has eight police personnel. “That will put us at full staff,” he said.
Worthington concluded the meeting by bringing up an upcoming public service event on Jan. 20.
“If you haven’t gotten anything else to do, our friends at Georgia Power’s coming back and going to be working in the Pioneers Cemetery,” he said. “Last year, they were really helpful with us, and we really appreciate the job they do.”
The cleanup event at the Black Pioneers Cemetery off Covered Bridge Road is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m.