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PAGE 2-A HOGANSVILL HOME NEWS - THURSDAY, AUG. 21, 2003 Council Still Unsure on Travel The 7th Annual Olympic By CLINT CLAYBROOK The Hogansville City Council, which has wrestled for several weeks with the question of how employees and officials should be com- pensated for travel balked Monday night at another attempt to define a policy dealing with travel and expense money. Councilman Jack Leidner introduced a proposed policy on travel expenses that would have made them payable "when properly documented." But the council delayed a vote on the issue "until all the questions have been answered," at the suggestion of Councilmen Jimmy Johnson and Charlie Martin. Leidner's proposal would have limited reimbursement, essentially, to the cost of lodg- ing, food and transporttion and would have made experts- Karate Championship Hosted By Billy Dee's Karate Studio This Saturday August 23, 2003 9:30 a.m. Fighting Weapons Forms Musical-Forms Greenville High School Gymnasmm Spectators: $7.00 For More Information, Call 770-884-5324 F.L-O-O.R ...  try out the rumples right there in your home or business. The F/oog Store At Your Door Carpet Hardwood Laminates * Ceramic Vinyl * Area Rugs , Blinds More The 3000 Flooring Options Competitive Prices Convenient Credit Terms The Flooring Store At Your Door 706-494-1619 * Michelle Smith es of familiy members or friends traveling with a city employ non-reimbursable. "All meals or related expenses of the friend or fam- ily must be paid by the employee," the proposal spec- ifies. It also says that the city's credit card may be used for official .travel with prior approval; "however, all receipts must be turned in. This includes any paid for with the credit card and not the total on the card only but the actual receipt(s) with the breakdown of the items pur- chased." Under the plan, the city would continue to be able to provide cash advances, "with prior approval." But the proposal specifies that "the city expects a prop- er accounting of all expens- es or reimbursements of any undocumented claims, against the cash advance or credit card use." Leidner's proposal would Improving ires. One square foo a a time. mile for use of a personal vehicle, but "no personal use or sightseeing shall be con- sidered as official use." "The key to a well-docu- mented and non-complicated expense report is to keep all receipts," the would-be poli- cy concludes. Leidner's proposal will likely be voted on within the nex monthafter he fine tunes it a bit and questions are resolved. The plan was suggested after weeks of wrangling over repayment of expense money allegedly owed the city by Councilmen Jackson and Bobby Joe Frazier from a trips to Atlanta and Savannah last year. At one point in the fuss in recent weeks, Mayor Wilson St. Clair ruled that no more advance expense money would be paid for official travel. But he had to retract that action after the city attorney said the mayor didn't have the Then City Councilwoman Crocker introduced a al that would have ret by city officials be bursed immediately, city attorney empowered to collect Her F have required any city cials who owed a deposit to pay or face being cut off. Her "ethics" seen by some as a direct against Jackson, city contends still deposit for his downtown business. Jackson said at the 4 meeting he'll pay some in expense money the contends he owes Savannah and but said he won't ity deposit until about others' de been answered. He contends that people have paid as Co-Ed l Please Call Doug Garrett At 706-415- 8507 or 706-882-0652 to reserve a team! The Leukemia & Lymphoma Fighting Blood-Related Cancers set the reimbursement rate authority to impose that pal- $2.50 for a deposit for mileage at 36.5 cents per icy. ers have paid up to $2.50 Claim: No Evidence Yet, Says A By CUNT CLAYBROOK at City Hall regarding utility Hogansville City Manager David Aldrich said this week that he can't find any exam- ples of people who've paid only $2.50 in util- ity deposits, at least in recent years. Responding to allegations by City Councilman Jimmy Jackson that all city res- idents aren't treated alike when it comes to paying utility deposits, Aldrich said that if anybody got off with paying $2.50 deposits, "It could have been 25 years go. It could have been a deposit from 40 or 50 years ago." Aldrich also said that city residents who are required to post $600 deposits for utility services are those who are renters "who can- not show good credit, have bankrupted or (otherwise) didn't show good credit" when they applied for utility services. If that is the case, the $300 deposit i s dou- bled. Jackson made his allegation that utility deposits vary, perhaps he said, depending "on how people are dressed" when they go to apply for city services, on Aug. 4 when at a City Council meeting he said he hadn't paid his $300 deposit for service at a downtown store he 0 city, has tt0'firm policy off depOsits. When the issues his resolved, then he'll pay up, Jackson said. Besides, he said, the person he talked to to pay a deposit? I said no." Aldrich said the city's policy on deposits was updated in February 2001 as far as I knoWTve been consistent I know I've followed the rules and we've! to have everyone else follow the rules." "If there are exceptions, uating circumstances cil approved those. As far as I know only been two or three in the last three "I just try to abide by the rules low the rules as closely as I can." HE SAID one of the reasons for sion over utility deposits is regarding them was transferred from computer to a new one a couple of Because of that, the computer now that more than 1,000 deposits were the same date, but "none of the old tion has been thrown away, At the Aug. 4 council meeting, Councilwoman Jean Crocker tried to approval of a resolution or would have required that anybody wh owes a utility deposit must pay up ately or face being cutoff. But her n't get a second to her motion tO that policy, which meant there was no cial council vote on it. By Bryan WELL DESERVED Meriwether Commission Nancy Jones retired Sheriff Branchand a resolution Wednesday desi Hwy 27/41 from Coweta County lin Luthersville to the County line Manchester as the and Marie Highway. situation in Iraq is relieved, help demolish dilapidated houses in Hogansville and clean up the sites from which the homes are removed. Getting the Natignal Guard involved was Councilman Jimmy Jackson's idea. *Was told by Councilman Jack Leidner that the state Department of Transportation is impressed with the city's Streetscape proposal and that its approval, with some changes to the city's plans, could come Soon. If there's not money to finish the project, the cit2. another grant Leidner said. mits for 225 College and 216 Oak Street city's historic district. Called off a vote would have allowed for ation of a group to a half-dozen boys Boyd Road after were told the not going through proposal ,and application canceled. Tnwker Gets Lost, Stuck in West Central Continued From Page 1A lost, then became "confused" as Davy Crockett is alleged to have once been, although he claimed to never having been "lost" and realized that turning right off Alternate 27 tOward Pine Mountain in Harris City onto Highway 18 was another mistake. So he tried to turn around at the "little end" of the "Y" that intersection makes. He pulled off the road as far as he could to the right, then turned hard to the left. Seemed he had it made, until .... .Oops! He "backed (the auto- hauler trailer) up into kind of a little driveway" on (his) right side of the road and the trailer bottomed out," said Matthew Walton, who works for Gordy's Wrecker Service in Woodbury. The low-boy trailer dropped down on the crown of the road and the big rig was stuck - it wouldn't move forward or backward. Traffic was tied up or re- routed around the scene for about an hour probably, Walton said. He drove the firm's "big Peterbilt Wrecker" to the scene and after about 20 min- utes, by latching the wreck- er's winch onto the auto- hauler, was able to drag it over and loose from the raised "crown" in of the highway. There was some news" for the Plant City  firm, which had bou two auto-hauler loads at an auction in second truck driver tried to make the right toward Pine Mountain, like everal other folks, around to watch the play itself out. A bunch of them, ing this reporter, the "stuck" driver's He's probably about that, if at nothirig related to that incident. The situation unique, Walton said it plenty of times." Smokerise LLC of Newnan is the firm that will be carrying on with develop- ment of Hummingbird Estates. The new homes will be built on 66-plus acres. In other action Monday night, the City Council: Agreed that City Manager David Aldrich should press on with a pro- posal to have the National Guard, once the pressure on the military because of the Continued From Page 1A Plans for Subdivision Get Preliminary