Social Circle names new ethics panel

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

SOCIAL CIRCLE -- After waiving a provision of a local ordinance requiring four council members to vote on approval of nominees to the ethics committee, the Social Circle City Council approved on Tuesday the first members of the city's new ethics committee.

"Unfortunately, we were going to try to move forward on naming the ethics committee after working on it for six months, and we are ready tonight, but our ordinance states we need a four out of five vote to approve that committee. We don't have that tonight," said Councilman David Keener.

Keener, Councilwoman Anne Peppers and Mayor Jim Burgess were the only council members present for Tuesday's meeting. Councilwomen Angela Porter and Traysa Price were absent.

Burgess suggested the council waive the provision of the ordinance requiring four votes so they could move forward on naming the committee.

Peppers made the motion, which was seconded and approved by Keener.

Keener then explained that he and Councilwoman Porter were tasked with bringing to the council the names of potential members of the newly formed ethics committee. All nominees had to undergo professional and criminal background checks.

The three members of the ethics committee will serve staggered three-year terms.

Keener and Peppers approved naming the following members to the ethics committee:

* John R. Pickens to serve a one-year term;

* Cynthia D. Bell to serve a two-year term; and

* Rebecca Dally to serve a three-year term.

The members approved Tuesday will begin their terms Jan. 1.

Burgess suggested the council reconfirm these members during its January meeting.

In other news, the council adopted outdoor watering regulations to conform to the Georgia Water Stewardship Act that went into effect in July. Under these regulations, daily outdoor watering is permitted between 4 p.m. to 10 a.m. for city residents. Exemptions apply for certain commercial and other uses.

Outdoor watering for purposes other than watering plants, such as power washing or washing cars, is restricted to an odd/even watering schedule, according to the Georgia Water Stewardship Act. Odd-numbered address can water on Tuesday, Thursdays and Sundays; even-numbered and unnumbered addresses can water on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

For more information, visit the city of Social Circle's Web site, www.socialcirclegeorgia.citymax.com.

The City Council also approved on Tuesday donating $500 to the Social Circle Fire Explorers to attend a regional competition in Gatlinburg, Tenn.