2017-08-30 / Front Page

Art Johnson to retire as Main Street Millen Director

By Deborah Bennett
Millen News editor

Art Johnson will retire as Main Street Millen Executive Director on Dec. 31st. Millen City Council received the news from Mrs. Johnson during a recent meeting of the group.

City Attorney Hubert Reeves III was asked to review the By-laws for Main Street Millen, Inc. and the Millen Downtown Development Authority to decide if any revisions need to be made prior to advertising for a new Main Street Director.

City Manager Jeff Brantley reported that current outstanding property taxes were as follows: for 2016 - $6,953; and all prior years - $8,875. A tax sale was held on Aug. 1st in connection with the outstanding property taxes.

Mr. Brantley presented Council with a proposal from Civic Live a West Interactive Services Corporation to design an interactive website for the City at a cost of $3,000 with an annual renewal fee of $1,250 per year.

The City is currently using the site created by the Jenkins County Development Authority. Minutes, agendas and other information is being posted to this site but it has limitations. Mr. Brantley recommended that Council review the sample cities in the proposal and discuss the matter at the next meeting of Council.

Mr. Earl Whiteley of the Jenkins County Medical Center introduced himself to Council and discussed some changes for the hospital that would be experienced in the near future. These included capital improvements, hiring, facility cleaning and improved customer service.

Others action taken by Council included: acceptance of the low bid from Shockey Plumbing Inc. in the amount of $398,999.80 for the City’s 2016 Community Development Block Grant project, pending review of the bid by City Engineer Wesley Parker; approved E-911 budget for Fiscal Year 2017-2018; and approve a motion to review current City Ordinance dealing with cemetery Vault Depths to specify the vault tops must be at least 12 inches below the surface of the ground, unless the vault top is used as slab and is at least four inches thick reinforced concrete.

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