News Line for Americus

City to continue search for police chief
Among topics of discussion at Monday’s administrative briefing for the City of Americus was a search for a new police chief. The City has been without a permanent chief since March 2013, when Chief Mark Gerbino resigned.
Source: Americus Times-Recorder

Council approves talk limit of 3 minutes
The City Council voted 4-2 Thursday to limit citizens wishing to address the Mayor and Council to three minutes. This votes changes the time limit from five minutes.
Source: Americus Times-Recorder

Americus to rename mile-long street Millard Fuller Boulevard
Spring Street in Americus runs from the Sumter County Courthouse on its east end to an intersection with Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard a mile to the west — a fitting route for a roadway that will soon be officially renamed Millard Fuller Boulevard.
Source: Americus Times-Recorder

Americus Council split on talk-time limit
Some polite verbal sparring arose during Thursday’s agenda-setting session of the Americus Mayor and City Council. -
Source: Americus Times-Recorder

City votes to sign IA on SPLOST
On Monday, during the administrative briefing, the Americus Mayor and City Council voted to sign an intergovernmental agreement on the SPLOST (special purpose local option sales tax) continuation question that will be decided by the voters of Sumter County.
Source: Americus Times-Recorder

SPLOST agreement pending
Being that none of the municipalities have yet to approve an intergovernmental agreement with Sumter County, the list of projects is still “on the table” for the SPLOST continuation.
Source: Americus Times-Recorder

SPLOST continuance moves toward vote of the people
The Sumter County Board of Commissioners (BOC) called a meeting with the municipalities Thursday to discuss again the extension of a SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax).
Source: Americus Times-Recorder

City to amend citizen input from 5 to 3 minutes
The mayor and City Council of Americus held its agenda setting session Thursday during which Council member Shirley Green Reese asked to add an item to the agenda: a discussion of taking the limit for public comments at Council’s regular meetings from 5 minutes back to three. -
Source: Americus Times-Recorder

Blount to Twomey: ‘Is that legal?’
The discussion became heated between Americus Mayor Barry Blount and Sumter County Administrator Bill Twomey during Monday night’s City-County joint meeting to discuss projects for a proposed new SPLOST (special purpose local option sales tax).
Source: Americus Times-Recorder

City cuts to library could cost jobs, accessibility
The City of Americus did not raise its millage rate for the current fiscal year, maintaining it at 13.20 mills.
Source: Americus Times-Recorder

City holds first 2014 regular meeting
The Americus Mayor and City Council met in its regular monthly session Thursday at the Russell Thomas Jr. Public Safety Building. f
Source: Americus Times-Recorder

City could drop Tripp Corridor
In another almost two and one-half hour session, the Americus Mayor and Council discussed Thursday the idea of shelving the Tripp Street Corridor Project and using funding for other projects.
Source: Americus Times-Recorder

City holds first meeting of new year
The Americus Mayor and City Council started off the new year with a two and one-half hour administrative briefing Monday.
Source: Americus Times-Recorder

Budget, airport topics at City meeting
The City of Americus held its monthly administrative briefing Monday, although in the absence of its CAO for its open session.
Source: Americus Times-Recorder

County, cities discuss new SPLOST
The Sumter County Board of Commissioners held a meeting with representatives from all the municipalities in the county Thursday on the campus of South Georgia Technical College.
Source: Americus Times-Recorder

City discussions have far range
The Mayor and City Council of Americus held its administrative briefing Monday. During the almost 90-minute session, discussions were held on a range of topics from the cost of natural gas to alcoholic beverage licenses to the search for a new police chief.
Source: Americus Times-Recorder

Turnout low in City elections
With all but one incumbent winning in Tuesday’s municipal election, the big story was the abysmal voter turnout.
Source: Americus Times-Recorder

Election results
In unofficial results, Americus Mayor Barry Blount has been returne to another term in office with 950 votes to John Edgemon's 806.
Source: Americus Times-Recorder