Valdosta Daily Times

January 10, 2014

New Hahira mayor, council members sworn in

Stuart Taylor
The Valdosta Daily Times

HAHIRA — It was a packed house at the Hahira Courthouse Thursday night as new Hahira Mayor Bruce Cain was sworn in, along with new council member Mason Barfield and re-elected council member Terry Benjamin.

After being sworn in by Valdosta Municipal Court Judge Vernita Bender, the first thing Cain did was thank former mayor Wayne Bullard for his service to Hahira.

“It's been a privilege to work with Wayne,” said Cain. “He worked for the citizens hard and he has the city and the citizens of Hahira at heart.”

“I'm going to turn it over to you,” responded Bullard. “May God bless you and the good citizens of Hahira.”

With that, it was straight to work, with the council voting for Council Member Benjamin as Mayor Pro-Tem and Cain assigning Ralph Clendenin to the Hahira Parks and Recreation and Street Department, Kenneth Davis to the Fire and Planning Department, Mason Barfield to the Police Department and Terry Benjamin to Water, Sewage and Sanitation.

The council voted unanimously to adopt a Truck Traffic Restriction Ordinance, restricting through truck traffic in the city, particularly in residential areas.

After hearing from a representative of Ameris Bank concerning refinancing the city's Water/Sewer Bond, the council decided to hold the issue over until February's meeting.

The council voted to accept the interchange lighting contract with the Georgia Department of Transportation, approving the installation of lighting at Exit 29.

Work on Exit 29 is scheduled to begin in 2016 and to be completed by 2019. At that time, the city of Hahira will pick up the bill for the lighting, estimated to be $25,000 per year.

The council also:

• Voted to change weekly department reports to every other week.

• Voted to renew the city's sanitation services contract with G Waste.

• Approved putting out an Request for Proposals for a new fire truck.

• Voted to have an architectural assessment done of the Odom Building.

• Agreed to move the work meeting agenda deadlines from the Monday before to the Tuesday before the meeting.

• Re-certified Hahira as a City of Ethics with the Georgia Municipal Association.

• Voted to begin the procedure for closing an unnamed side street off Barfield Street.

• Approved City Clerk Lisa Mashburn to travel to the Clerk's Winter Conference in Athens in February.

• Approved City Manager Jonathan Sumner to travel to the GCCMA Conference in Athens in March.

The next meeting of the Hahira City Council is scheduled for February 6 at 8 p.m. in the Hahira Courthouse.