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ices tradition -7,4 n The Formerly The Hogansville Herald Serving the Hogansville-Grantville Area Since 1944 PRSRT STD AUTO U. S. POSTAGE PAID HOGANSVtLLE, GA PERMIT NO. 35 60, NO. 38 HOGANSVILLE, GEORGIA-THURSDAY, SEPT. 18, 2003 12 PAGES . 1 SECTION 50 ty Manager FUTURE SZTE HO00ANSV!LL, E ELEMENTARY PLAYGRouND OUR pARTNERS IN EDucATION ;ION PLANNED - Hogansville Elementary PTO Treasurer Tammi Neese and daughters Jackalin and lrianna near where the school's expanded playground, it is hoped, will soon be completed. Jackalin's a fourth- Brianna is n kindergarten. Coming True Nearing End ,of Two-Year Fund Drive for Playground CLINT CLAYBROOK The Hogansville Elementary School is about ready to wrap up a two- fund drive aimed at enhancing the for children of the facility, to the organization's treasur- Part of the project will include con- of a new sidewalk from the round to the music room and round of making autographed in the newly poured cement, said. "Some of the hand prints in the new court were washed away by rains," she said. Neese said that the parent-teacher has raised a few thousand by way of a fall festival, Coke donut sales and a Nestle fund rais- But the organization hopes that the might make some contribution to playground fund from left-over Local Option Sales Tax if such exist, Neese told The lle Home News this week. Plans call for a big slide, swings and layground equipment added near the new outdoor bas- court that was recently corn- By Clint Claybrook HEY, THIS IS FUN- First grad- er Reeves Paynetries his skill at making a handprint in the con- crete of the newly- poured cement. The recent heavy rains actu- a I I y washed away some of the prints. The new concrete sidewalk will link the play- ground to the music classroom. Hired Full-Time Building Inspector already, according to City job. CLAYBROOK has a new officialand city lead- his hiring will expe- the city's efforts to deal numerous delapidated s- most old run down individually owned many of owned Jordan, who has for the city Manger David Aldrich, was approved for the full-time post at a Monday night City Council meeting. Council members unani- mously approved his hiring, but there was no mention of the new building official's salary at that meeting. Jordan is well-educated and well-certified in fields relating to housing and build- ing inspections, Aldrich said in recommending him for the Some council members have been pushing for months to get the city more involved in dealing with its old, run-down buildings. Aldrich and others said Monday night that they hope Jordan's hiring will focus new attention on the city's efforts and a building official will also be helpful because of new subdivsions under devel- opment in the city, Aldrich said, Garland R. Hadley, 87, of Hogansville, died September 10 at his home. A U.S. Army vet- eran of World War II, Mr. Hartley had lived in Hogansville since 1955, was a retired policeman and a member of the Baptist church. Details, Other Deaths, 6A e signs Aldrich Makes Announcement At Monday Council Meeting By CLINT CLAYBROOK David Aldrich, Hogansville's city manager for the last five years, has resigned. He made the move offi- cial with an announcement at Monday night's City Council meeting, although he had informed individual council members of his decision ear- lier by telephone. His resignation came sev- eral weeks after the council's three black members voted to fire Aldrich. But that effort failed when Mayor Wilson St. Clair vetoed the move. That attempt wasn't men- tioned when the city manag- er announced he was quitting effective Oct. 3. but Aldrich has known to have been feel- ing extreme pressure from controversies within the council for the last several months. ALDRICH, S2, said he has The city will pay Aldrich through the end of DecembeL which means he will get one more month's pay than is normally paid to city employ- ees who resign. "He's done lots of good things for us," St. Clair said. "When he came here the city was $600,00 in the red. Now we're nearly $400,000 in the black. People don't realize it, but that's nearly a $1 million turn-around in five years." COUNCILWOMAN Jean Crocker did not vote on accepting Aldrich's resigna- tion. She has been a supporter of Aldrich and has been one of the council members pressing for new policies that would eliminate some of the problems that have made headlines in the last few months. Those issues included questions about reimburse- ment of city officials for trav- place where his administra- enforced and how elected tive and management skills will be useful. See ALDRICH, Page 2A By Cllnt Claybrook STRESSFUL EVENING- David Aldrich talks with Council Member Jean Crocker shortly after his resignation. New Policies Adopted On Travel and Ethics By CLINT CLAYBROOK The Hogansville City Council on Monday night approved a new policy deal- ing with deposits on utility services and gave final approval to new policies deal- ing with official travel and ethics in city government. Members approved some changes in Councilman Jack Leidner's proposed policy dealing with utility deposits at the suggestion of Councilman. Bobby Joe Frazier. Perhaps ironically, some changes in how the city deals with customers applying for utility service might have resulted from officials' claims that Frazier has never paid the required deposit for utility service on a downtown business he owns. Frazier, however, dis- putes that: "I've never received a bill, nobody's asked me for a deposit. I don't owe anything," Frazier told this reporter after the new policty was approved on first reading Monday night. "Quit printing that stuff in the newspaper." Policy changes, upon final approval will mean that in the future, would-be utili- ty customers' credit will be verified by Equifax, that a $5 application fee will be charged residents requesting new utility services and that new deposit requiremens will be based at least in part on credit scores. That proposal was given initial unanimous approval by the council on its first reading; a "second reading" or final passage will be up to the council at its next meet- ing, Under the new plan, deposits ,would range from nothing for people with cred- it scores above 650 and from $250 to $450 for people with credit scores from 649 down See POLICIES, Page 2A