Hogansville officials gave a donation to the Boys and Girls Club of West Georgia at the city council meeting Tuesday.
Bart McFadden, Chief Professional Officer of the Boys and Girls Club of West Georgia, said the Hogansville location has been up and running for seven years and currently serves 100 children.
After citing various statistics, McFadden noted that the average child has his or her first alcoholic drink by the age 12 and a half, typically between 3p.m. and 6.p.m when children are released from school and when their guardians are at work. The club gives children something more productive to do when they are not in school.
“When school’s out, clubs are in,” said McFadden.
City Manager James Woods presented McFadden with $15,000 for the organization.
In other news, council voted to allow 2WR architect firm to conduct a needs assessment for the city hall’s move the current library located at 600 E. Main Street; The location of a new and larger library is proposed at the corner of Keith Street and College Ave.
Mayor Bill Stankiewicz said $1.2 million from SPLOST was voted on in 2012 for the city hall relocation. The city also plans to receive a $2 million grant from the state to go towards the project.
Stankiewicz said a needs assessment must be conducted because of concerns that the library building may not be large enough to house city hall needs.
After relocation of the city hall, the current city hall building will converted into a community building.
The needs assessment should not exceed $3,900, council agreed.
Council also voted to allow Precision Planning, Inc. to draft a proposal for a site plan for a proposed beach and recreation area at the dam side entrance of Lake Jackson, also known as the city’s reservoir.
At the city’s retreat last week, the lake project had been listed as a priority for the city.
Woods said the proposal should include a community building, areas for picnicking, grilling, fishing, volleyball, swimming, and a dock for non-motorized vehicles.
The city will use $500,000 in SPLOST for the project.
In closing comments, Councilman Reginald Jackson made a suggestion for council to approve funding to allow a surveyor to locate graves at a historic, unkept cemetery located at Maple and Main Street.
“I think its important to know who’s buried there,” Jackson said.
Council agreed to spend up to $2,000 for a “ground penetrating radar survey” at the cemetery, under the conditions that Woods first identifies adequate funding in the city’s budget.