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July 17, 2013

Joint city, county meeting Thursday

MILLEDGEVILLE —

The Baldwin County Commissioners will host the City of Milledgeville at Central Georgia Technical College Thursday.

The second of the newly created joint government meetings involves no specific agenda though Commission Chair Sammy Hall, District 3, said all members of the Unified Government Chart Writing Committee were invited.

“It’s more or less to tell them we appreciate what they have done. We don’t have any formal agenda where we plan to go into in depth discussion over the consolidation plan,” Hall said. “They’ve already made their presentation. We will probably have some discussion about where it goes from here.”

After one year of research and development, the foundation charter for a Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Georgia Unified Government was completed and the executive summary presented April 30 by the Chair of the Unified Government Charter Writing Committee Ken Vance at CGTC.

Vance said he looks forward to Thursday’s gathering after local government and staffs have reviewed the 57-page document.

“I think it will be a good meeting, and I hope some good comes of it. I think it’s the first of many meetings we will have,” Vance said. “We wanted to get with the elected officials first. This is something that is on the forefront of their minds because they are looking at a new way of governing or being governed.”  

Commissioner Henry Craig, District 4, said regardless of how the elected officials feel about consolidated government the community should have the chance to decide.

Craig expects the joint meeting will provide moments of constructive criticism.

“The plan is to thank the charter writing group for all the work. I’m sure in the social aspects there will be opportunities to exchange information between the elected officials and those that wrote the charter,” Craig said. “I think there will be opportunities for the officials with concerns to tell the unification organization what they feel should be included in the charter.”

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