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Ludowici gets grant for street work
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The Ludowici City Council during a recent meeting reported the approval of a grant that will help two streets behind Walker Elementary School.
The city had been approved for a Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant worth $19,248. Mayor James Fuller said the grant would fund improvements on Hendrix and Gamble streets. He said he would get with residents along Gamble, where an easement would be needed, to ensure that all work goes according to schedule.
The mayor said he also asked several citizens what they thought of the recently amended city charter, and that he had received only positive comments.
Councilman Mark Chesser said he had concerns about the section of the charter covering the requirements to remove an elected official. Section 7 of the charter states that the mayor, a council member or appointed official could be removed from the position if four of the five council members voted that the member in question had become incompetent, was convicted of a crime of moral turpitude, knowingly violated the charter, became unqualified or abandoned their office.
After a brief discussion, it was the consensus of the council that for this action to take place, a council member would have to be doing something serious in order for that many members to agree to vote that person out of office.
Also at the meeting, Ludowici Police Chief James Rogers reported that the department’s new tag-reading device attached to one of the police cars was working well. He said approximately $106,000 in citations had been written during a six-week period with the device.
Rogers said some of the violations that the device assisted officers in locating involved people driving with suspended registrations and no insurance.
Council member Kathy Phillips asked Rogers why a portion of Mitchum Street had been closed. Rogers said it was to help decrease the traffic before and after school, and that he did not favor reopening it due to the high volume of traffic that accumulates at that intersection.
Fuller said that efforts were being made to work with the Georgia Department of Transportation to have a traffic light placed at the intersection of Macon and Cyprus streets in front of the IGA store.  
In other business:
• Fuller said he would get with the local post office to investigate confusion over why some citizens were told that they could not have mail delivered to their city addresses.
• The council approved the fiscal year 2014 budget of $1,363,081.
• The council approved all city employees getting Nov. 28-29 off for Thanksgiving.
• It was reported that the Christmas parade would be at 4 p.m. Dec. 14, with the tree-lighting ceremony starting at 5:30.

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