Connie Massey Begins Service as Watkinsville Councilwoman

Her first order of business was to vote on a business license request.

Watkinsville Council is once again whole with five members.  At a meeting last Wednesday, Connie Massey was sworn in by Probate Judge David Anglin.  She fills the vacancy left by Henry Norman when he resigned in September.

The first order of business was to hear a business license request for the home-based Harjo Wood Works, located on Southland Drive.  Joshua Johnson said he and his father started the business because they enjoy refacing cabinetry, repairing furniture and filling custom woodworking orders.  

"I just wanted to start a business where I was able to go out there and do artisan work, and this community has always supported artists," he said. The request sailed through.

Council also approved a business license for Reynaldo Juarez, who plans to open Tire Depot Services on Greensboro Highway beside Jack's Food Mart. The shop will sell and service tires.

In other news from the meeting:

  • Antonio Rooks addressed council about his dogs and the new tethering ordinance. He said he's worried his dogs will escape a pen, as they have in the past, and so he needs to tether them to keep them safe.  Code Enforcement Officer Robert Hegge will speak to him about a solution.
  • Resident Dan Matthews suggested the city consider changing the current paper ballot method of voting in order for municipal elections to be run more smoothly.
  • Mayor Charles Ivie applauded the Watkinsville Police Department on its award as the Piedmont Area Traffic Enforcement Network "Agency of the Year."  He also congratulated Police Chief Lee O'Dillon on his "Lifetime Membership" status in the Peace Officers Association of Georgia.
  • The city agreed to enter into a five-year lease with Oconee County Little League to allow the use of baseball field at Harris Shoals Park.  For $1 per year, the Little League has access to the field and agrees to perform necessary maintenance.  Parking alongside the field will be permitted only for coaches and the elderly or handicapped.

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Stephanie Gross November 20, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Hi Dan, I didn't mean to put words in your mouth, so I apologize. As I understood, you were suggesting something other than the paper ballot method currently used. I should have described that with a broader brush.
Stephanie Gross November 20, 2012 at 03:56 PM
I've changed the wording in the article.
Dan Matthews November 20, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Having witnessed Julie Sanders and associates hand counting, I just think they need to have a quicker way to tally. Also voters should NEVER have to vote in two different places in the same election cycle, and that is the way it is being conducted currently, which leaves the city liable to a lawsuit and the quickest solution is letting the Board of Registrations and Elections take over the whole process, similar to how taxes are sent out (by the county and not by the city per se, although your taxes go to the municipal government)
Dan Matthews November 20, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Finally I am not against paper ballots per se either, and would like to see a paper trail in any and every election. The manner with which they are counted currently is cumbersome and subject to human error although I certainly trust Julie Sanders and her staff
Stephanie Gross November 20, 2012 at 06:25 PM
I think you bring up some valid points. It was interesting that councilwoman Purcell said at the meeting that even she almost forgot to vote in the city election because it was in a different location.


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