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March 26, 2014

Council recognizes downtown’s maturation

MILLEDGEVILLE — Milledgeville Mayor Richard Bentley and City Council spotlighted Main Street Director Carlee Schulte for a recent distinction at Tuesday’s council meeting.

Milledgeville Main Street has been selected as a top-10 semifinalist for the Great American Main Street Award.

Each year the National Main Street Center recognizes exceptional Main Street communities whose successes serve as a model for comprehensive, preservation-based commercial district revitalization.

“The application process is long and tiresome. I spent many weekends and nights working on it,” Schulte said. “The city’s support for over 20 years now is a huge benefit. All those things put together in an application has really impressed both the state of Georgia and nationally.”

Winners must show an overall strength of the local program in creating an exciting place to live, work, play and visit.

“I think we’ve done that. We’ve got some great developers,” the Main Street director said Tuesday. “Frank Pendergast and some other awesome developers, as well as businesses, have been amazing for our downtown.”

Georgia has 96 Main Street programs. Milledgeville was the only Georgia community selected this year for the recognition.

Currently, only two, Thomasville and Rome, can boast past recognition as a Great American Main Street.

The winners will be announced during the 2014 National Main Street Conference opening plenary on May 18 in Detroit, Mich.

“It’s a great honor and a tribute to the work that you and your board have done,” Bentley said. “We wish you luck as a semifinalist.”

Councilman Steve Chambers, District 6, praised downtown Milledgeville’s wide appeal.

“You can ride down through it at any given time of day and see the mix of young adults from Georgia College and Georgia Military College and older people,” Chambers said. “Everybody seems to have a good time and place to go. It’s a feather in this cap that we wear.”

n Council heard first reads regarding two special use of property requests. Marian P. Jarrard wants to use his 110 N. Columbia St. property zoned SFR1 as a group residence, and Tim Wright, owner of property at 600 S. Wayne St., desires a special use for a used car lot. Both requests move to the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting Monday, April 7;

• Council authorized an agreement with Municode Corporation for recodification of the Code of Ordinances;

• The board approved a change in the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Economic Development Authority bylaws to provide for the terms of directors;

• Council approved lease agreements for copiers in the City Hall West Annex Building and the Milledgeville Fire Department Dunlap Station;

• Councilwoman Jeanette Walden, Councilman Steve Chambers, Judy Theocharides and Jeanette Garner were reappointed to the City Pension Committee. City Planner Melba Hilson replaced Lee Washington;

• Barbara Jackson, Jannie White and Bob Wilson were reappointed to the Historic Preservation Board Tuesday as well.

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