During a special meeting Thursday, the Ludowici City Council passed a code of ethics resolution. The document was presented by Long County Elections Board Superintendent Vanessa Cunningham. The passage follows last month’s launch of a Georgia Bureau of Investigation probe into possible ethics violations.
Some of the key points in the resolution state that city employees and elected officials will uphold the charter, ordinances, resolutions and regulations they adopt and will not dispense special favors or accept favors that might be construed as influencing the performance of duties. Employees and elected officials will perform a full day’s work for a full day’s pay and will expose corruption when it is discovered. Employees cannot perform political activities during work, solicit other employees for political purposes or use their position to influence or affect the outcome of an election.
The council also voted to keep the current millage rate for the city at 10 mills.
During last Thursday’s regular meeting, the council heard from businessman Tim Works regarding trash disposal in the city. He said he has two tenants residing at a rental property on Academy Street and, under new city guidelines, he is required to have five trash cans. He said he does not agree with the requirement.
Council members told works that the trash-disposal matter was brought to their attention at last month’s meeting. The council was told trash had been left on the ground at the apartments and complaints were made about dogs getting into the trash. Works admitted a problem with a tenant regarding trash, but he said that tenant no longer lives there. Councilman Frank McClelland Jr. said zoning codes require one trash can for each rented apartment, and he doesn’t think that’s unreasonable. After discussion, the council tabled the matter until November to get more information.
Kerry Hunt, a member of the Long County Veteran’s Memorial Committee, asked the council to allow the planned veterans memorial in Friendship Park on Highway 84. After a brief discussion, the council approved the request.