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Commissioners hold town hall; hear mostly complaints
by Chuck Thompson
May 08, 2014 | 1133 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Robert Smith with the Middle Georgia Regional Commission speaks to residents at last week’s urban redevelopment meeting held at Jones County Fire Station One located on Highway 49.
Robert Smith with the Middle Georgia Regional Commission speaks to residents at last week’s urban redevelopment meeting held at Jones County Fire Station One located on Highway 49.
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The Jones County commissioners held a town hall meeting at the Ga. 49 Fire Station last Thursday evening to receive public comments on the county’s urban redevelopment plan, but the couple of dozen area residents who attended the session spent much of the time complaining about substandard housing and road and sewer problems in their neighborhoods.

Commissioners Preston Hawkins and Daylon Martin attended the meeting, along with county administrator Mike Underwood, county clerk Connie Mize, EMA director Don Graham, and Robert Smith of the Middle Georgia Regional Commission, who helped the county draft the plan.

Underwood opened the meeting by explaining that the county was working on the urban redevelopment plan as a way to obtain more state and federal funding to make infrastructure improvements in six areas that have been included in the plan so far – Bradley, Clinton, Griswoldville Park, Haddock, South Jones County and the old Wells Elementary School gym.

Martin, whose district includes much of the south Jones area in the plan, said he had asked for the public meeting at the 49 fire station to receive local residents’ input before the plan is adopted and implemented.

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