In Hogansville's first council meeting of the new year, Mayor William Stankiewicz and council members Reginald Jackson and Jimmy Norred took their oath of office Monday night.
They joined city council members Jean Crocker and Thomas Pike, and George Bailey, who took office in November.
City Manager James Woods presented a proclamation and plaque in honor of former mayor Jimmy Jackson, who has served the city for 28 years, eight of those years as mayor.
The proclamation highlighted Jackson's time with with the city, which included Jackson's three terms as a member of the city's school board, two terms as a council member, two terms as mayor and Jackson's leadership during the “visioning” process and SPLOST meetings which lead to the current and future projects of the city of Hogansville.
The city of Hogansville named Jan. 6 “Jimmy L. Jackson Day” in honor of Jackson's retirement.
In other news, council voted to support LaGrange and Troup County in the abolishment of the Troup County Airport Authority. The airport authority would act as an advisory board pending approval from the state legislation, according to Woods.
Council voted Crocker as mayor pro-term for 2014 and to appoint citizen Tommy Williamson to the Troup County Parks and Recreation board.
As the meeting came to a close Norred thanked his supporters and suggested the city works on implementing town hall meetings for the citizens and having regularly scheduled work sessions.
“I propose this night to join together in the future to work on implementing a citizens forum and town hall to give citizens the opportunity to stand in front of elected officials to ask legitimate concerned questions and to improve communications with the city and the citizens,” said Norred.
Stankiewicz was open to the idea and said that council would discuss the possibility of town hall meetings and regular work sessions during the work session scheduled for Jan. 16 at 6p.m.