Last updated: August 15. 2014 11:51AM - 908 Views
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Hogansville Mayor Bill Stankiewicz, Councilmembers Reginald Jackson, George Bailey, Jean Crocker, Jimmy Norred, and City Manager James Woods stop at the city's sprayfield during the tour.
Hogansville Mayor Bill Stankiewicz, Councilmembers Reginald Jackson, George Bailey, Jean Crocker, Jimmy Norred, and City Manager James Woods stop at the city's sprayfield during the tour.
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Hogansville city officials spent Thursday touring the city to identify ways of improving the city’s image.


The tour comes after the results of a recent citizen survey in which many residents determined dilapidated housing as a weakness of the city.


Council members, the city manager and mayor were part of the four-hour tour and located several homes that had begun to collapse or were in unlivable conditions.


City Manager James Woods said the city has already successfully acquired two dis repaired homes, with one home being demolished and the other in the process.


Woods said the city will send out notices to the homeowners of what they consider dilapidated homes to give them time to demolish or repair the homes, then proceed with the legal process of acquiring the properties for demolition.


Another highlight from the tour included the future use of the city’s reservoir.


The reservoir will be named Lake Jackson, in honor of the late Mayor Jimmy Jackson, because of his continuous dedication to converting the reservoir into a recreational area.


Mayor Bill Stankiewicz said the reservoir was built in the 1960s as a flood supply project and has not been used in over three years.


Access to the reservoir had been restricted after the city was cited for damages to the property from what Stankiewicz said stemmed from four-wheelers being driven on the property.


Though still in the early planning stages, the city now has plans for the reservoir area to become a sandy beach where it will be open for swimming, boating, fishing and picnicking. There will also be a trail from the area that leads to Strozier Fields. Stankiewicz said the beach would have concession stands and a portion of the proceeds would go to the city.


Half a million in SPLOST dollars has been set aside for the project.


Other sights on the tour included the future Hogansville Public Library, to be located at the corner of Keith Street and College Ave., the water treatment plant where a sewer plant will be built in upcoming years, and other areas in the city that need cosmetic maintenance.


 
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