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meeting on September 29 that will directly follow the 6 p.m. public hearing.

Election Agreement

The Lyons City Council renewed the agreement between the City of Lyons and the Toombs County Board of Commissioners to conduct all elections until 2023. This is a reoccurring agreement that has existed since the creation of the Toombs County Board of Elections. Through this agreement, Lyons agrees to pay the Toombs County Board of Commissioners $12,000 per General, Run-off, or Special Election. This money is to fund any supplies needed for elections, as well as the pay for poll workers. Currently, per Election Day, poll managers in Toombs County receive $180 commission, while assistant poll managers receive $155, and clerks receive $120. Workers for early voting receive $10 per hour. Also within the agreement, the Toombs County administration is responsible for qualifying candidates for elections; applicable qualifying fees are then split between the Board of Commissioners and the City of Lyons. Publishing election notices and assisting elected city officials with filing ethics disclosures when requested is also the duty of the County because of this agreement.

Road Work

The bid for the paving and storm water improvement of West Oglethorpe Avenue, North Lanier Street, and North Lexington Street was awarded to McLendon Enterprises for $324,831.94, which was the lowest bid. The bid was opened on August 5, and three total bids were received. This work will be funded through the third band of City allotment funding from the Georgia Transportation Investment Act, which was passed in 2010.

West Oglethorpe Avenue will be paved from its intersection with U.S. Highway 1 to its intersection with Georgia Highway 292. North Lanier and North Lexington will be improved from their intersection with East Toombs Avenue to the intersection with Highway 292; these streets will receive storm water and sidewalk improvements.

Community Events

During the Mainstreet report, Lyons Main Street Director Daphne Walker announced that a downtown trick-or-treat event, “Scare on the Square,” will occur on Saturday, October 30, from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. This event was planned after several merchants from the Main Street area voiced their enthusiasm about hosting such an event. Walker shared that several decorations have been purchased to make the event festive, including skeletons that will appear to be climbing on the buildings. Because of this event being planned, the Council voted to have the citywide trick-or-treating at the same time. Greater Vidalia Chamber President Michele Johnson shared that the Altama Museum in Vidalia will be having an open house and ribbon cutting event on Thursday, September 16, at 5 p.m. This event will allow the public to see the improvements that the Museum building has recently undergone.

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