The city of Ludowici recently completed a paving and drainage project on Macon Street. According to Ludowici Maintenance Supervisor James Fuller Sr., the city had been aiming to wrap the work up since the late 1990s.
"We been trying to get this completed for probably close to 15 years but could only get it done in increments," he said. "Our last group of commissioners were the ones who helped us finally complete it. Without their help — and especially (Chairman) Bobby Walker’s — we couldn’t have finished it."
With the work completed, Fuller said, the drainage in the area has improved substantially.
Mayor Myrtice Warren said the project benefits residents on the street and others living in the area because the thoroughfare often is used by teachers and parents to get from Smiley Elementary School to Highway 84 at the end of the school day.
In other city news, the Ludowici City Council voted at its Jan. 27 meeting to establish websites for the city and the police department.
Chad Broker told council members at the meeting that he could create the two web pages, which will include contact information, historic information, weather reports and a map of the city. The sites also will allow customers to pay water bills online and contact city employees via city e-mail accounts. According to Broker, the cost to establish and maintain the two sites for a three-year period will be $1,074.
The council also heard a presentation from Sam Sullivan, who owns All-Green Services, regarding a possible change in disposal and waste contractor services. Sullivan told the group that if they use his company, he would provide trash pick-up, recycling options and a new cart for each resident. Sullivan said that he currently provides services to Georgia Southern University, Wayne County, Candler County and Jesup Recycling Center.
"I can save the city some money. I recommend you have the city attorney look at our proposal and consider us," Sullivan said.
After a discussion, council members said they would review the current contract and consider Sullivan’s proposal.
The council also passed a measure that would make it illegal to put water service cut-off notices on the doors of residents whose water service is about to be disconnected. City hall employee Cindy McClelland said that when customers failed to pay two water bills, the city would put shut-off notices on residents’ door. She said that with this change, once a second billing cycle arrives and customers are two months behind on payment, the water service will be shut off until payment is received.
The council also established salaries for several elected and appointed city positions in order to set qualifying fees for next year’s city elections. The mayor’s monthly salary was set at $800; council members at $200 per month and the city municipal judge at $750 per month. The judge’s salary was increased by $250, from $500, at the recommendation of current judge Larry Fowler.
According to Fowler, a recent change in the law requires the city municipal judge to be a licensed attorney. As a result, he said, it might be hard to find an attorney willing to fill the post for $500. Fowler said he will step down as the judge at the end of this year so he can run for mayor. The council also voted to raise the city’s portion of funding for the Ludowici/Long County Fire Department chief’s salary from $200 to $300 per month.