With the swearing of oaths by three commission members -- two of whom are serving in their first elected office -- and a new mayor, the Albany City Commission entered a new era Monday evening.
Alice Fitzgerald has been walking her neighborhood the last couple of days, motivated by the Albany-Dougherty Planning Commission’s 4-3 vote Tuesday to approve a rezoning request of Raleigh White Baptist Church to be converted into a faith-based drug/alcohol rehab center.
The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce listed three education-related items at the top of its wish list for the Georgia General Assembly, which convenes on Wednesday.
Albany’s mayor-elect is excited that 2020 could be a chance for him to enact some of the platform that he outlined in his successful bid to become the city’s highest-ranking elected official.
The city had planned to slowly replace the aging diesel buses with the newer gas models. However, that process was pushed forward with a $4.2 million grant that will help pay for the buses and some of the costs of the new bus station that is in the planning stage.
After a brutal, and prolonged, campaign season in which several candidates took potshots at the city, Albany City Manager Sharon Subadan got a chance this week to mark some accomplishments.
If Tuesday’s Albany City Commission meeting had the bittersweet feel of a New Year’s Eve party, it was because it was a bit of a wistful occasion.
One chapter in the city’s storm recovery from the walloping Hurricane Michael put on Albany in 2018 has been closed with the completion of repairs to damaged street lights.
With the settling of the dust from three Albany municipal elections, the end result is that nearly half of the city’s government will be composed of new faces next year.
In a stunning upset, attorney and former Albany City Commissioner Bo Dorough edged incumbent two-term Mayor Dorothy Hubbard 4,656 votes to 4,366 in Tuesday's mayoral runoff election to unseat Hubbard.