By Taelor Rye
The council moved to approve a resolution and quit-claim of the deed between Eastman and Dodge County regarding the Eastman-Dodge Recreation Commission (EDRC), therefore relinquishing its stake in the Eastman-Dodge County Recreation Department on the Dublin Highway. Additionally, the city’s three seats on the commission are given up as well.
The county requested such action some time ago, city attorney Rita Llop stated. This action relates to the specific city ordinance that formed the EDRC.
Jonathan Guyton, Jr., requested further information on how this action would impact his desired work on Sunset Park in Eastman, and city council member Milton Johnson clarified that, because the ordinance only refers to property jointly owned by both the city and Dodge County, Sunset Park and other city-only-owned parks are unaffected.
City council member Prince Dawson reiterated this fact, adding that the official liaison between the city and Sunset Park is the Dodge County Christian Ministerial Alliance and that further requests, suggestions and questions should go through that organization, per chain of command.
Specifically, the ministerial alliance will meet at the Progressive Association Building by North Street and 14th Avenue on Tuesday, May 17, at 6:00 p.m. to discuss concerns from community members.
Charles Williams, director of the chamber of commerce, reminded councilors of Georgia Military College’s (GMC) grand opening of its upcoming Eastman branch on this Friday, May 13, at 10:00 a.m.
Williams also noted that, while GMC in Milledgeville has a military junior college program, the school as a whole is a liberal arts junior college. As such, its Eastman branch will function as a community college with the same purpose, not by necessity a military organization.
Williams also spoke on behalf of Sharon Cobb Flanagan of the Dodge County Farmer’s Market, relaying news concerning the most recent farmer’s market, which was attended by over 300 people.
The farmer’s market on Saturday, May 14, will feature the return of musical guest Morning Train as well as the well-received cooking demonstration, both of which were highlights of the inaugural farmer’s market.
Additionally, EBT has been approved for the farmer’s market, with some vendors already prepared to accept EBT; soon, all vendors will be capable.
The city council approved a motion to bid out a project concerning the relocation of water lines for Local Maintenance Improvement Grant (LMIG) streets. The project is a continuation of 2015’s projects, coinciding with those LMIG and Transportation Special-Purpose Local-Option Sales Tax (TSPLOST) projects.
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