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McClelland resigns from council to run for sheriff
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Councilman Frank McClelland Jr., shown here being sworn in last year, stepped down from the Ludowici City Council to run for Long County Sheriff. - photo by Courier file photo
LUDOWICI — Ludowici District 3 City Councilman Frank McClelland Jr. informed the council at the May 13 meeting of his intent to run for Long County sheriff.
“I’ve enjoyed working with the others on the city council, and I wish all of them the best,” McClelland said.
He qualified earlier this month to seek the sheriff position, and as a result of that, he was no longer eligible to remain on the council.
He was elected to the city council in 1986 and has been re-elected five times.
“We’re going to miss him,” Mayor Myrtice Warren said. “We all work well together and he has always been a very competent and knowledgeable member on the city council.”
“I also want to thank all of the people in my district for electing me to serve them, and appreciate them for always supporting me,” McClelland said.
As a result of McClelland’s seat being vacated, the city will have to call a special election to fill it.  No date had been set.
Also last week, the council passed a resolution allowing the Long County Board of Education to tie onto the city’s water and sewage lines for the new school, which is scheduled for completion in 2010.  The approval is pending the Long BoE building a sewage lift station, and then deeding the station to the city.
The Council also discussed the problem of residents, putting trash and debris out on curbs.  According to the current city ordinance, this is not allowed, and homeowner’s are responsible for disposing of trash.  The city currently contracts out trash pickup through Southland Waste, but this type of pick up is not included.
According to the city clerk, the city will begin citing people who violate this ordinance.
Ludowici Police Chief Richard Robertson reported the new jail, had brought in $2,130 during April, and that a $5,000 grant from the state had been received to buy a new in-car video system.
The council also voted to let the chief hire an additional part-time officer.  According to Robertson, the new officer will be Frank Cloninger.
Robertson also gave out certificates of appreciation to individuals and businesses that contributed to the purchase of new uniforms for officers.
According to the chief donations were given by Jesup Ford, Rogers Body Shop, the Ludowici IGA, Bennett Insurance Co., Drew’s Tattoo, Wal-Mart, Coastal Auto Parts, Wingman, Grant Lewis, Kenny Watson’s Collision Center, Ward’s Auto Paint and Body and Kadi Dasher.
“I just want to say that I and the rest of the police department, want to thank all of the people who helped us with this”, said Robertson.
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