This Wednesday’s joint Baldwin County Commissioners and Milledgeville City Council meeting at Allen’s Market opens potential for sit down gatherings between the two parties.
City manager Barry Jarrett responded to Commissioner Henry Craig’s open request for a council and commission meeting in a city work session March 12. Jarrett mentioned then it would be beneficial to both groups and the community for such a gathering.
“I spoke with some council members that agreed. I got the consensus of the group they would like to meet,” Jarrett said.
The city stepped forward to host and arrange this first run.
Starting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, the attendees will eat dinner and then hear a presentation from a Carl Vinson Institute of Government representative.
Jarrett said it’s a time to get to know each other better. He mentioned letting the future joint meeting schedule flow as necessary.
“We feel that we need to open up this line of communications between the city and county even though we do communicate on certain issues as needed. It would be good to get some type of regular meeting. That’s what I hope comes from this,” the city manager said.
Both governments used to meet regularly up until the early 1990s, according to Councilman Steve Chambers, District 6. The councilman said competition got in the way over the last few years.
“The public seems to have what I believe is a misperception of the city and county not being able to work together. That comes from over the past couple of decades when we more or less got into competition with each other,” Chambers said. “I look for some icebreaking dialogue. I think we are going to find out that we are all a lot closer in our thoughts and what we feel like we need to do going forward whether it is for the incorporated or unincorporated area.”