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City makes appointments, hears project updates

POSTED: February 7, 2018 8:54 a.m.

The Richmond Hill City Council addressed several items Tuesday night, but no votes were taken that involved expenditures or development.

Six members of the Convention and Visitors Bureau board of directors were reappointed and one new member was appointed. Current board members who were reappointed were Bonnie Proctor, Sherri Broome, Pam Shores, Shannon GaNun, Mark Thomas and Kiran Swami. New member Jason Carter was appointed and all were sworn in by Mayor Russ Carpenter.

Carpenter said the addition of Carter to the board will be beneficial as he is the manager of Fort McAllister State Park, a destination the CVB touts.

Charlie Heino of EOM, the public works contractor for the city, told council that the company is a little more than half-way done installing new water meters throughout the city. The new meters can be read electronically and are considered more accurate than those that are read visually.

“If a homeowner had a question about their water bill, we can call up the information and get an exact reading,” Heino said. “It might be that their irrigation system is coming on for two hours every night.”

Heino said about 3,100 of the new meters have been installed, with another 2,600 to go.

Harvey Lashley, the city’s park and tree director, said his staff is about to begin trimming trees within the right-of-way in the Mainstreet subdivision. He noted it will take about a month to trim some 1,200 trees.

Council also met in closed session regarding a real estate matter, but not votes were taken about the issue in open session. Carpenter said the discussion did not entail annexation.

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