The 70-year-old building, located at the corner of Foreacre Street and South Main Street in downtown Cornelia, has been demolished to make way for a modern city hall/police department building.
Jenkins, along with Cornelia Police Lt. Wayne Green and Sgt. Matt Arnold, presented the awards to the men, who received a standing ovation for their heroic actions.
John Borrow made the announcement near the conclusion of Tuesday afternoon’s Cornelia City Commission work session. “We’ve lived in Cornelia since 1983 and we own and operate the McDonald’s in Cornelia, the one in Clarkesville and a few others across Northeast Georgia,” Borrow said.
“This project is long overdue,” said City Manager Donald Anderson. “The city has discussed the need for a new city hall for over 20 years. The new facilities have been designed to accommodate growth and serve the city’s needs for at least the next 50 years.”
Officials in Cornelia paused Tuesday night to honor a member of the city’s police force for heroism. Officer Lindsay Velez received the American Police Hall of Fame Life Saving Award during Tuesday night’s city commission meeting.
“I am pleased to announce that, after an extensive search and interview process, I have appointed Billy Jenkins as Cornelia’s new fire chief,” said City Manager Donald Anderson.