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July 22, 2013

Second joint local government meeting talks unification charter

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MILLEDGEVILLE —

Each government body likes the idea of getting their ducks aligned and sending a representative from the city and county to meet with the charter writers. In the end, the city and county must agree on a joint resolution to move toward the voting stage.

Hall was glad to hear the original charter isn't set in stone.

“I think we all feel better it's a fluid document. We'll work on it in our individual bodies,” Hall said. “Whatever we propose, it has to be something the people will vote on.”

Two County Commissioners — Emily Davis and Tommy French — and one City Councilwoman — Denese Shinholster — questioned moving the unification charter forward.

“What is wrong with the process as we have it?” Shinholster asked. “Why aren't other governments changing as well?”

Though the charter is meant as a foundation not the whole house, French said transition facts must be established. The commissioner described the current document as “shooting in the dark trying to hit a target.”

Chambers said the charter should be put forward to voters to choose if it's good or bad. The unification idea keeps popping up. 

“At some point in time, the community needs to put this forward or bury it,” Chambers said. “It's not our decision to make that choice.”

Charter writing committee member Dr. Stan Aldridge reminded the attendants the charter evolved out of a public forum. Aldridge said many believe the “county can accomplish more with a combined government.”

Aldridge hopes citizen feedback continues over the next few weeks.

The entire charter along with the executive summary and task force member contact information is available on www.mbcunification.com. Citizens may leave a voicemail at 478-387-0671 with any questions or suggestions.

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