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2 0 ' ' ,1 } i .... ,'' The "ll Formerly The Hogansville Herald Serving the HogansviUe-Grantville Area Since 1944 PRSRT STD AUTO U. S. POSTAGE PAID HOGANSVILLE, GA PERMIT NO. 35 60, NO. 18 HOGANSVILLE, GEORGIA - THURSDAY, MAY 1, 2003 24 PAGES 2 SECTIONS 1 INSERT 50 Vetoes 'Ridiculous Motion' St. Clair Thwarts Effort To Oust City Manager !i:i;! : %iiii!iiii?i;ii!iii:iiii!il !:.i.iiiii.liiiiii: ii:iiiiiiii. -   ::: ........... 'ii ' ' b' ii' !:, '' ii ] ii!ii!ii?i :i:! i:ii: By Bryan Geter SPRINGTIME - Hogansville Elementary School 2nd Grade with teacher Majorie Beetles enjoy the "Fresh Monday. The students are happy for there are only 17 school days left. BRYAN GETER Memorial Day for This Year hope it will be completed by May 26, Memorial Day. By BRYAN GETER "I veto your ridiculous motion" were the words HogansviUe Mayor Wilson St. Clair stated to Councilman Jimmy Jackson last Tuesday's council meeting after Jackson made a motion to terminate City Manager David Aldrich. The mayor and council went into executive session after the regular meeting to discuss personnel. The session lasted for only approximately ten min- utes and upon returning, St Clair asked Jackson if he had something to say. This is when Jackson called for Aldrich's job. AFTER the meeting, St. Clair confronted Jackson out- side city hall asking him if he was going to let Aldrich do his job now. Jackson said he had never stopped Aldrich from doing his job. But the mayor blunt- ly said, "Yes, you have. You are always n iick-mg." ........ "Alrfe'tbc]s, the two agreed not to argue anymore. St. Clair said he hoped the city can now move on. "The outcome of tonight was obvious," the mayor stat- ed, "I hope they will leave David alone and let him do his job." Councilmen Jackson, Bobby Joe Frazier and Charlie Frank Martin voted to end Aldrich's contract with the city while Councilwoman Jean Crocker and Councilman Jack Leidner voted against the measure. It would have taken four , ) St. Clair Jackson votes to override St. Clair's veto. Jackson vowed to keep bring the matter up, even though he didn't have the needed four votes. THE REASON for calling for Aldrich's ouster seems to be some in the city wanted new leadership stating Aldrich couldn't handle the functions including finances of a growing city. Another reason that was stated two weeks ago in the council meeting when St. Clair denied a motion by Jackson to fire Aldrich was wasteful spending. St. Clair said many peo- ple have forgotten when Aldrich came to Hogansville as city manager five years aol the ity hd to borrow $20o,0o0 each year just to get by. After just two years, the city didn't have to borrow any money and last year, Aldrich announced that Hoganville was out of the red and in the black for the first time in sev- eral years. Yet, Hogansville is still paying on the eight million dollar bond. Aldrich said he came to Hogansville to do the job in the right way. "As long as I am here," he stated, "I'm going to do right." Hogansville Police Probing Fake Money, Finger-Poking usually has tribute given to the fallen veterans on Day. event stands bigger than ever to Tommy the Hogansville Legion. The Hogansville City month to the construction of a in the Calvin Hipp Park on Main across from the United 2hurch. The veterans group has nearly all the pro- d $8,500 needed to the pavilion. began this on the grading and of the project with GETER The service will be held on may 26 at 10 a.m. in the park. It will be hosted by the American Legion and Pilot Club. Thrower said the gaze- bo will be dedicated to the city since the city owns the property. "If the city can't afford to maintain the park," Thrower said, "the veterans have offered to take over the project." Thrower continued say- ing,"It willbeapretty place to sit downtown and would like to, thank all who con- tributed to make this possi- ble." He said donors' names would be engraved on a per- manent plaque inside the gazebo. tli' :;: : ,i :::   iiii : ii/ : :: 'i:, . By Bryan Geter LET THE CONSTRUCTION BEGIN - Construction, including grading, began on Monday for the new gaze- bo that will be built in the southwest corner of Calvin Hipp Memorial Park in downtown Hogansville. By BRYAN GETER Hogansville Police Investigator Johnny Lockard is investigating a forgery in the first degree -counterfeit incidefft after an employee at Flag Bank noticed a counter- feit $20 bill in the money bag while checking a night deposit that came from McDonald's Restaurant on April 22. In another incident that . occurred on April 22, Melissa Cousins of 116 Royal Court in LaGrange told police that her check from Support Kids, Austin, Texas was sent to her old address which was 103 Burden Street, Hogansville in November, 2002. Cousins said the check was forged by someone and cashed by Flag Bank. Cousins told police she hadn't lived at that address of 103 Burden Street since June of 2002. She added that she left her forwarding address. The incident remains under investigation. *In another incident, war- rant procedures were advised to Jimmie Lee Gates of 404 PowerPlant Road after he told police that while he was walking near the inter- section of Elm St. and Hwy 29, he was approached by Tim Ford who started poking him in the chest with his finger saying, "I've got something for you." Gates told police he felt his safety was in danger since this occurrence was related to an earlier incident where gates said Ford took $10 from him. Approves Alcohol License for Shell Food Mart Hogansville City Council the alcohol application Food Mart #5 located on near 1-85 with a 4-0-1 vote. Jean Crocker new owner is Firoz K. Mart's license application at an earlier meet- store clerk was caught to a minor during a "sting operation" a couple of months ago. Hogansville Police Chief Guy Spradlin said store has satisfied the 90 day probation period. "All of the requirements and guidelines have been met," Spradlin assured the council. In other business, the council set a public hearing for Carol's Beaded Jewelry located at 100 Dickinson Street. The hearing will be on May 19 at 6:50 p.m. The council voted to renew its Property and Liability insurance with Georgia Interlocal Risk Management Agency (GIRMA). Aldrich said the price is up due part- ly to the 911 terrorists attacks. Aldrich said usually the premi- ums are usually between 10-30 per- cent cheaper than other premiums. In other business, the council voted unanimously to hire Georgia Rural Water Association to clean and video the city's sewer mains. Aldrich said it would cost $1.51 per foot to do the work. This will let us know where the problems are. He said the city has a $75,000 grant that will pay for videoing and cleaning. "This grant should help get most of the cleaning and video- ing that is needed done," Aldrich said. "It will also show us where the problems we are having is located." Aldrich told the council that nearly 2,500 feet of gas lines have been replaced in the city and all the materials to finished the planned mile were on hand. he said they planned to replace the lines on Popular Street as soon as possible. Aldrich updated the council concerning the 11 fire hydrants that is in need of repair. He said four had previous been repaired and now one more can be added to the list. Several can' t be repaired, so new ones will have to be ordered, he stated. Aldrich stated that Joe Vidal of the Water Department has been named "Water Plant Operator of the Year." Police Chief Guy Spradlin assured Councilman Martin that the additional cot to insure the new patrol cars would be $700 per year.