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Martin gets variance in narrow Milner vote

By Kay S. Pedrotti Changes in the printed agenda brought to the top three items a second consideration of a variance for Tina Martin to secure a manufactured home to replace her Tom Bell Road dwelling. Councilman George Weldon directed the mayor to change the agenda ‘to follow the code book, which we have not done.’ According to Weldon, the meeting order should be approval of agenda and minutes, ‘unfinished business,’ reports from city departments and staff, and new business. The variance was listed as the unfinished business because the council did not vote on the matter at a called meeting Aug. 12, when a motion to approve died for lack of a second. The vote on the variance Monday was 2-1; Betty Wilson and Fred Stephens voted yes, Weldon voted no. The three and mayor Joe Bostick attended; Tracey Alford has resigned and Roger Samples’ seat will be filled in the next election in November. The council also took resignations from George Weldon from his positions on the Milner Downtown Development Authority and the Planning and Zoning Board. Whether to remove Weldon from the library board was tabled. Weldon noted that while the city code specifies that no elected official may serve at the same time on a city board, he was appointed to each board by a vote of the mayor and council. The council also accepted the resignation of Tracey Alford and appointed Jerry Smith to her unexpired term; passed a resolution to adopt a new budget for 2020; heard a report from city administrator Wayne Patterson on a single bid to resurface Birch Street and Moore Street, to be paid from state LMIG funds and SPLOST money; and heard a report on the 2018 audit from city accountant Broadus Smith. Much more on this story in the 8.27.19 print edition of The Herald Gazette.

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