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Pembroke approves cookie sales
Girl Scout Troop 30079 member Savannah Cato speaks to Pembroke City Council on Monday night with a little help seeing over the podium from scout leader Manda Hingston and Pembroke Public Safety Director Bill Collins. Brad Hingston, who is also a troop leader, videos Cato’s presentation to council. Photo by Jeff Whitten.

Editor's note: Story updated to reflect date correction. Cookie sales will be Feb. 9. 

Resolutions were read, promotions were announced and appointments were made at Monday’s Pembroke City Council meeting. And one of the items of business was handled by a visitor who couldn’t see over the podium without help.

Girl Scout Troop 30079 member Savannah Cato, held up by Troop Leader Manda Hingston with an assist from Public Safety Director Bill Collins, petitioned city council to allow her troop to sell Girl Scout cookies Feb. 9 in downtown Pembroke.

“Thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak to you today on behalf of the girl scouts of Pembroke ….” Cato began, before listing the merits of her request.

“First of all there are 15 future community leaders that you will be helping through the use of the town square. Second, you will be supporting your local girl scout troop by the purchases of cookies made. Third, it will show good faith and cooperation amongst the city leaders and the community. Finally, it will allows to make contact with others in the community who may be in need of our help, which in turn will help us obtain future badges.”

Hingston said about 90 percent of the troop’s operating budget come from cookie sales. The request was approved.

In other business, council again appointed Public Safety Director Bill Collins the city’s interim police chief. Collins is under contract to be paid $18 an hour for up to 16 hours of additional work he puts in while serving as police chief.

Councilmembers also reappointed Sharroll Fanslau as city clerk, and designated First Bank of Coastal Georgia as its depository.

In addition, City Administrator Alex Floyd read a resolution recognizing outgoing School Board Chairman Eddie Warren and District 1 Representative Paine Bacon for their “many years of selfless public service ....”

Floyd also read a resolution authorizing an application for a Community Block Development Grant for sewage system improvements and the annual Fair Housing resolution.

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