More changes are on the horizon for Dearing residents according to Mayor Sean Kelley. Several discussions and decisions were made during the town council meeting Monday evening.
Mayor Kelley said plans are in the works to annex Nelson Road into the town limits. He said the council agreed to the annexation pending approval from the county. Mayor Kelley said he sent a certified letter to the county Tuesday requesting the property. The county's response will be based on whether or not there are utilities located on the proposed property.
"Basically it's approved, we just have some legal procedures that we have to go through first," the Mayor said.
Also in the works is a trash pick-up fee. Mayor Kelley said the town pays McGahee $7.50 per can for the service, and there is a need to pass that expense on to the residents.
"So that is what we will start charging the citizens through a line item on the water bill," he said.
Even though it's an increase from the free service residents are accustomed to, Mayor Kelley said the rate is much less expensive than the $18 per month that county residents pay. He said the money is needed for projects around town, such as fixing flooding problems that were brought on when the sewer system was installed.
"We won't be sitting on the money," the Mayor said. "We are using the money to do stuff to better the town."
A date has not yet been set for the implementation of the fee.
Also discussed at the meeting was Mayor Kelley's and Councilman Judson Story's recent trip to Macon for a training class from the Georgia Municipal Association. The two attended a Newly Elected Official's class. Mayor Kelley said they learned the protocol for meetings and carrying out projects according to the law.
"It was quite an eye-opening experience," he said. "We highly encourage the rest of the council to go."