Hogansville to host monthly town hall meetings

Asia Ashley Staff Writer

January 17, 2014

In a work session Thursday night, Hogansville City Council, council agreed to have monthly town hall meetings to allow for public comments and input on issues.

The meetings would be held the third Thursday of every month at 7 p.m., to begin Feb. 20. Residents would be notified of the meeting on a memo through a utility bill after council agreed it would be a convenient way of informing the residents.

Mayor William Stankiewicz agreed to devise a list of rules for the town hall before the next council meeting on Tuesday. Council agreed that for citizens to comment at the meeting, they would have to fill out a form prior to the meeting to be placed the meeting’s agenda.

Future work sessions would be scheduled as needed.

City Manager James Woods proposed to change an ordinance that stipulates heavy trucks on city streets.

The current ordinance states that heavy trucks that are on city streets are in violation if they do not have a permit, or if they are not specifically making a delivery or a pick-up to or from a residence with in the city. Woods said that the most recent issue with the ordinance occurred when a heavy truck, making a delivery to a residence just outside of Hogansville’s city limits, was given a warning by an officer for traveling on Mountville Hogansville Road.

The road is not classified as a residential city street, and is considered an arterial road, or a major or main route.

Woods proposed to issue a memo to the police department to cease enforcement of the “delivery” aspect of the ordinance until the city can adequately address the ordinance. He said he would suggest that the ordinance allow for heavy trucks to travel using arterial roads like Mountville Hogansville Road, Bass Cross Road and Mobley Bridge Road. Trucks parked in those areas would still be required to have a permit.

Council did not object to the proposal.

Council also reviewed policies pertaining to the city’s government and council conduct, which included discussion on open records and open meetings, among the various topics.

Stankiewicz, near the close of the work session, commented that he would like the city to become more involved with the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, since the city has no parade or events planned. Councilman George Bailey volunteered to begin planning an event for next year’s holiday.