The new teen center in Pembroke will be named after resident and former Councilmember Gene Miller for his services to the city, according to a resolution read during the city council meeting Monday.
Councilmember Tony Greeson read the resolution honoring Miller’s service to the city as a Councilmember, Mayor Pro-Tem and volunteer.
"It is a great honor to read this proclamation," said Greeson. "During his time in office Mr. Miller actively pursued improving the quality of life of the citizens of Pembroke. He served with great dignity. He valued the importance of being a good citizens and community activist."
The resolution declared the designation of the activity room of the new recreation building on Lanier Street to be named the ‘Miller Teen Center.’
Miller, the father of current Councilmember Johnnie Miller, passed away in 1992. He was the first African American to serve on the city council and served from 1984 until his death. He served as Mayor Pro-Tem from 1990-1992.
"I would like to thank the Mayor and Council," Johnnie Miller said. "This is a great honor for our entire family."
In other business:
- The council held the second reading of the new Subdivision Regulation Amendment, which was adopted.
- The council approved a request from the House of God Youth Department to hold a fish fry downtown at the deck near the Welcome Center Saturday, May 3.
-The council approved the appointment of Carl Jones to replace David Williams on the city’s Ethics Committee. Williams’ term ended the beginning of April after serving the maximum of two terms.
- Matthew Barrow, a city engineer, updated the council on projects. "The pond closure project started April 3; contractors began mobilizing and working on the site," said Barrow. "There is a little more sludge in some areas but they are making good progress. Hopefully phase one will be complete in 30-60 days."
- The Mayor reminded everyone the City Wide Yard Sale is May 3, downtown. Interested parties are to contact Downtown Programs Coordinator Tonya Raulerson at 653-5554.
- The Mayor announced that the city will participate in Georgia Cities Week, April 21-27.
- Police Chief Bill Collins announced that his department will be at BCHS on April 25, demonstrating a mock car crash as part of the Fatal Vision campaign during the week of prom.
- The council briefly went into executive session to address land acquisition.
No action was taken and the council adjourned.