By Kay S. PedrottiThe Milner City Council, after enlisting Wayne Patterson’s help as a consultant to the city, has unanimously approved Patterson as the new city administrator. He succeeds the late Harold Wilson.Patterson has a long administrative career in Clayton County and Lamar County, having served here as county manager for several years. He said he is looking forward to ‘helping Milner realize its full potential as a part of Lamar County.’ His Milner salary was set at $500 per week. The vote on Patterson took place after an executive session at the council’s Aug. 20 meeting. In regular session, the council approved a 2019 budget showing $302,368 in total income and total expenses of $290,368. Patterson explained the $14,000 difference is a ‘contingency item’ in the budget to provide for unexpected expenses. The budget vote was unanimous.Also approved were three new ordinances: restricting heavy vehicle parking on city streets of less than 24 feet in width, and any street or road in a residential section; requiring house numbers on all new and existing homes, apartments, commercial structures or any other building assigned a street number to have the numerical addresses posted to be visible from the street where the structure is located; and establishing regulations for operation of low-speed ‘personal transportation vehicles’ (such as golf carts) on city streets.The personal transportation ordinance requires a state license tag, city registration, proof of insurance, all passenger safety features and lights and can be driven only by state-licensed drivers, among other restrictions. The designation as ‘personal transportation vehicle’ does not apply to mobility aids such as power wheelchairs or scooters. The council also approved $5,000 for repair of its maintenance shop.
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