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What's New 2011
New Officials- January 2012
 
Derrick McElwanney was sworn in as Town Council Member at the December 9th meeting.  Mr. McElwanney, former Mayor, resigned  two years into his 4-year term as Mayor.
 
Current Mayor Wendell Staley was sworn in for a 4-year term on this date.  Mayor Staley was elected to complete a  4-year term vacated by Polly Garlington when she resigned from Town Council to run for Mayor two years ago..
 
Celine Davenport was elected Mayor-pro tem.  Ms. Davenport had completed the 2-year term and is now  elected for 4-year term. 
 
Newly elected Keith Rhodes has been absent from a majority of the meetings since his re-election...as in the previous year.  Gordy Anderson, who is up for re-election next year is also habitually absent from meetings.

Neighborhood Watch
 
Council Member Celine Davenport has suggested the Town of Sharpsburg inquire about implementing Neighborhood watches.  She is concerned about school buses and students crossing highways in the morning and afternoon.  She also suggest that the neighborhood watches may deter vandalism or criminal activity. 
 
Councilwoman Davenport is getting very little support from the Mayor or other Councilmen. Councilwoman Davenport has volunteers ready to proceed but to date no further action has been taken.
 
I have stopped trying to post dates of the Town Council meetings because the meetings are cancelled/rescheduled so often it is impossible to keep up with dates!  The April meeting was cancelled without notice or posting as is required by Georgia law.

Minutes of Meetings are on the "Meeting Minutes Page".
 
Town Council Meeting
 July 11, 2011
 
(This ordinance was passed several months after this meeting.)
 
This is the portion dealing with Code Enforcement on Commercial and Residential buildings  that are obviously not up to code, most with safety and health issues
 
Conveniently, the Motion to discuss the issues WAS NOT Removed from the Table  as motioned at the July 11, 2011 meeting;  therefore, the issues ARE NOT BEING DEALT with.
 
Code 01-10 Sec. 2 (a) clearly addresses these issues and also directs the method of handling both commercial and residential buildings.
 
This is the portion of the meeting where the Motion was made and seconded to Table the Motion until the August 1, 2011 meeting. 
 
 August 1, 2011 meeting.  The aforementioned Motion to Table was not removed from the table with the excuse that the Town attorney had to be consulted even though three weeks had elapsed since the issued was brought before the Council.  The matter was brought  to the attention of the Mayor in April 2011. (in writing on prescribed form)
  
Roberts Rules of Order Revised  (page 108) clearly states "that if not taken from the table the question is SUPPRESED." thereby avoiding disucssion of the issue.   Being SUPPRESSED, the issue was not allowed to be brought back before the Town Council for consideration or discussion.
 
On a lighter side, Robert's Rules for Dummies, (p 142-143) states:  If the motion laid on the table isn't taken from the table by the next regular meeting, it evaporates quicker than hot water in you-know-where!"
 
Robert's Rules in Plain English states, (page 75) "Lay on the table is out of order when used to kill or avoid dealing with a measure."  It is responsibility of the Chair to determine the purpose of the Motion. 
 
I need to add here that I know it was not the intention of the Council Member to suppress the issue but because of the way the Motion was handled  at the August meeting, this was the outcome....SUPPRESSED.
The Referendum was passed on
March 2012
 
The Times-Herald
Coweta County
PUBLIC NOTICE TOWN OF SHARPSBURG
1 day 7 hrs ago as of Dec. 1, 2011 ||
PUBLIC NOTICE TOWN OF SHARPSBURG Notice is hereby given that the Town of Sharpsburg, Georgia, will hold a Special Referendum Election on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, for the purpose of voting on the question of whether or not the governing authority of theTown of Sharpsburg, Georgia, shall be authorized to issue licenses for retail package sales of malt beverages and wine on Sundays between the hours of 12:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.The ballot will read as follows: All persons desiring to vote for approval of package sales by retailers of malt beverages and wine on Sundays between the hours of 12:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. shall vote es, and all persons desiring to vote for rejection of package sales by retailers of malt beverages and wine on Sundays between the hours of 12:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. shall vote o. Only those voters registered in Town of Sharpsburg elections shall be allowed to vote in the Referendum Special Election. Donna M. Camp Town Clerk Town of Sharpsburg No. 52189-12-1

Read more:Georgia Press Association Public Notice Website - PUBLIC NOTICE TOWN OF SHARPSBURG

 Zombies are gone.....after the flurry of activity in filming the TV series episode, the Company moved on to other locations. The Company spent a lot to time with positive public relations in the areas where the filming occured.
Zombiefilming in Town
Movie filming in Old Town Sharpsburg on Monday...reminiscent of the old day when there were real businesses in town...addition of the movie company's signs really add a the appearance...too bad they are only for the movie set.


Stallion Ball Team  Spirit Day
2011
 
Unlike the previous Stallion Spirit Day Events, this one left a lot to be desired in the way of organization....at least for residents.
 
As early as 8:00 am (well before the agreed blockage of streets, ) vehicles WITHOUT drivers were parked in the middle of the road
 
 
 
The towns permission to "block streets" does not mean parking in the road thereby blocking emergency vehicles.
 
For at least and 1 1/2 hours the streets were completely blocked.  Fortunately there were no emergencies that required emergency vehicles into the area.  At least once a car parked in the middle of the road had a resident's driveway totally blocked!
 
There are residents living in the immediate area and little or no consideration was given to them by the Stallion's event organizers. 
 
Later in the day, vehicles were seen driving among the crowd where children and adults were walking...at least one truck was seen backing about 75 feet among the walking pedestrians. 
 
The previous event was well-planned, totally organized, and  there were no visible safety issues.  There was visible adult supervision at the road blocks , among the games and activities. 
 
I would hope if permission is given for an event next year, the Town would require an organizational plan that would assure no repeat of this year's haphazard .