VALDOSTA -- A committee will be created to decide what will be done to honor the late Mayor James H. Rainwater.

At the City Council meeting Thursday night, Mayor John Fretti asked Council to consider a request to approve the concept to appoint a special committee to honor Rainwater, who died Oct. 12.

According to Fretti's letter to Council, he and Larry Hanson, city manager, came up with the idea for the committee. Council unanimously approved the concept.

"This is a wonderful idea, and it is an appropriate response," Councilman J.R. Sessions said.

The purpose of the committee is to develop a proposal and make a recommendation to Fretti and the Council within 12 weeks of committee members' appointment. Fretti and the Council will then make a final decision on what is recommended.

The committee will be composed of 10 members. Each Council member will appoint a representative from their district. None of the Councilmen can appoint themselves. Fretti will choose the remaining members from the city at large. A chairman will be selected from its members unless Fretti and Council decide to appoint one themselves prior to the first meeting of the committee.

Fretti and Council will be non-voting members on the committee, and one Councilman will sit in on the committee's meetings as a representative.

Although the concept was approved, Council decided not to make any other decisions regarding appointments and the committee details until their retreat, Jan. 30 to Feb. 1 on Jekyll Island.

To contact reporter Michelle Taylor, please call 229-244-3400, ext. 245.

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