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Long commission hires new rec. director
MR new rec dept bldg
The new recreation department building may be repainted. Commissioners are considering the issue after complaints from the public and a color dispute. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle
LUDOWICI — The Long County Recreation Department took center stage at the June county commission meeting.  
Commission Chairman Bobby Walker said several complaints from the public regarding the organization of the department prompted the commission to hire a new director.
According to Walker, Michelle Rogers Crowley was hired to replace outgoing director Sam Taylor, who had been in the position since March 3. Crowley took over the post June 8 and will be paid $28,000 annually.
Commissioner Clifton DeLoach gave a report on the recreation complex. He said potholes in the access road would be repaired by the state and that the color of the new building could be changed.
Earlier, DeLoach said the road was damaged when the Long Pre-Release Center was training inmates for CDL licenses. Repainting the new building is a possibility because of complaints from the public and a dispute over what color was initially chosen.
In other business:
• Commissioners approved the Coastal Regional Development Center’s completion of a digital analysis of the county’s topography for $14,629.
• They appointed Karen Waters, Vanessa Cunningham and Price Chapman to the newly formed board of elections. According to Walker, the members will have staggered terms with Cunningham and Chapman’s terms running until 2011, and Water’s running until 2013.
• Commissioners also added a third person to an animal control research committee. Gene McDaniel joins Patricia Durham and Dawn Johnson. Commissioners hope to appoint two more people, so the committee will consist of five members.  The group will do research and make recommendations to the commissioners on how to establish an animal control department. Later, Walker said two more people, Mark Hall and Susan Kingsley, had been added to the committee.
• Commissioners said that if any citizen notices a missing county road sign, they should call 545-2143 so the sign can be replaced.
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