HAHIRA -- Two new city councilmen and a new mayor were sworn in at Thursday's Hahira City Council meeting.

Myron Crowe replaced John Adams as mayor, while Terry Benjamin replaced Sonny Copeland as the District 1 representative and M.C. Nelson replaced Bob Harris as the representative of District 4.

A large crowd packed into the town's courthouse to witness the swearing in and see the new group carry out its first meeting.

"We have a great task before us in this great community," Crowe told the audience. "We are opening a new chapter in a great book."

Crowe said he purposefully asked City Manager Danny Lucas to keep the workload light to allow the group to get up to speed on the needs and concerns of the citizenry.

As a result, Crowe postponed mayor/council appointments until the February meeting and focused primarily on issues requiring immediate action.

Crowe advocated signing a contract with Hahira Web Creations -- run by former mayor John Adams -- for the continued maintenance of the town's website. Adams created the website during his tenure as mayor and maintained it at no cost to the city.

Under the new contract, Hahira will pay Adams $250 per month to maintain and expand the site. The project is expected to take three hours per week, and any additional time would be billed at an hourly rate of $25.

Two other bids for the project were received, one from Proactive Designs, another from the Georgia Municipal Association, but both contained up-front costs to redesign the current site and higher hourly rates.

Crowe said he thought the current website was an asset to the town and needed only to be enhanced, not completely rebuilt.

Council voted 3-1 to enter into the contract with Adams' company. Benjamin dissented, saying that he did not think the Council had done enough research on available web designers and that there was no need to rush into a contract.

In other business, Council:

Approved a bid from Kimblewood Blinds in the amount of $870 to replace blinds on the second floor of City Hall;

Approved a request to send the town's Public Works director to Athens for a conference and certification course;

Approved a $4,850 change order for additional renovations at City Hall and the Police Department.

To contact reporter Bill Roberts, please call 244-3400, ext. 245.

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