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Ludowici Council talks McDonald's
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When it is built, the McDonald's will be with a new Flash Foods that will replace the current one on Highway 84. - photo by File photo

A future McDonald’s was discussed at Tuesday’s Ludowici City Council meeting.

Councilman Jim Fuller said the Flash Foods on Highway 84, which recently changed ownership, will be the location for the new restaurant.

The Flash Foods building will be demolished, and the area will be used for parking for the McDonald’s and new Flash Foods, Fuller said.

He added that McDonald’s already has the land and that construction will probably begin after the new Jesup McDonald’s is finished.

In other business, City Clerk Tina Skipper said personnel policy changes were needed.

She said city employees with one year’s tenure would receive one week of paid vacation and one week sick pay, while those with two years and more would receive two weeks of vacation and the same for sick leave. The changes were unanimously approved by council members Gwendolyn Davis, Mary Hamilton, Mark Chesser and Fuller. Councilwoman Kathy Phillips was not present.

Holiday pay for police officers was also approved.

Chesser cited a request for a zoning change from residential to commercial for a car sales lot on Highway 84, across from the present Flash Foods. He said the lot is so small customers would have to park along the highway.

He also said the council has never seen any plans for the business and that it had been more than a year since the idea was proposed.

Davis asked for assistance for Oakridge Cemetery, at the end of Franklin Street, where illegal dumping is occurring. Hamilton cited the "disrespect" shown the cemetery and reported that "a truck has already torn down the cemetery gate" while trash and other debris, including refrigerators, are being dumped in the area. Chesser said installing a camera in the area would help identify the miscreants.

Municipal Court Clerk Cindy McClelland discussed communications between police and the court, noting that "almost everything is now digital."

However, City Attorney Bob Pirkle indicated there have been lapses in communications related to people with past misdemeanors and felonies, and that these data should be more closely shared.

He also suggested community service sentences could clean up the cemetery area.

"These are people with charges resulting in $500 or more in fines," Pirkle said. "Those unable to pay could do the community service."

McClelland said people are available for such work and encouraged the council to take advantage of the manpower.

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