Hogansville City Council will vote Monday on its “election conduct” for the 2013 municipal elections, deciding whether to use the newly formed Troup County Elections Board or longtime elections superintendent Donald Boyd.
“Everyone is aware of the changes in Troup County,” said Councilman and Mayor Pro-tem Jack Leidner, referring to the county’s formation of an elections board.
“Other jurisdictions have gone to the election board. We can make that choice, or not,” he said.
LaGrange City Council voted prior to the Christmas holiday to go with the elections board for its own city elections. West Point has not made a decision.
Leidner appeared to be in favor of the elections board, saying he hoped “any previous difficulties with elections be eradicated” with the board. He told council members to think about which to use between their Thursday night work session and Monday.
This year on Hogansville City Council, the seats of Scott Worthy, Bobby Joe Frazier and the mayor, Jimmy Jackson, will all be on the ballot.
Council also will take its final vote Monday on a “road apple retrieval ordinance,” to address the waste left from horses after parades. The ordinance has been changed before the final vote to include all livestock for which the matter may become an issue.
City Manager James Woods said he’d actually received a letter from Hogansville Elementary School after the Christmas parade Dec. 1. The parade begins and ends at the school. The school was worried about the health issue of the waste not being properly disposed.
“We’re talking about young children, kindergarten and pre-k,” Woods said. “Not all children grew up around a farm like we did” and may not know to leave the droppings alone, he said.
“Children are going to be curious,” he said. “The ordinance makes good sense on our part.”
Thursday night had been billed as a night to potentially discuss a “vision” for the city after Woods had asked residents to fill out a survey saying what the city had done well and what it could improve on, among other issues.
Woods said Thursday he was still collecting surveys from residents, so no discussion took place.