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Guyton gives go-ahead for sewage plant
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Guyton City Clerk Debra Scruggs administers the oath of office to Les Pevey and Dr. Brenda Lovett on Tuesday. Pevey and Lovett were re-elected in November, as was Mayor Michael Garvin, who also was sworn in again Tuesday night. - photo by Photo by Brittany McNair

Guyton City Council voted Tuesday to approve an engineering contract with Hofstadter and Associates, Inc. for the planning and supervision of construction of a municipal wastewater treatment facility.

Carl Hofstadter, of Hofstadter and Associates, was excited at the news and said the city now has a “light at the end of the tunnel.”

The wastewater treatment plant would took a year to design and another year to build, according to Hofstadter.

Council members also voted to approve submission of a loan application to the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority for financing of the wastewater treatment facility. The loan will include money for the land acquisition, engineering costs, construction costs and other needs related to the treatment plant being complete.

In other business, Jimmy Wells was appointed as the Guyton representative to the Effingham County Industrial Development Authority for the next term. He will replace Herschel Paulk.

Guyton Police Chief Randy Alexander gave the council a summary of the past year. He said that in 2007, officers gave 653 citations resulting in $76,637 in fines. Of that amount, $40,688 has been collected. He compared those numbers to the $25,564 in fines handed out in 2006.

Last year the police department received 2,473 calls for service. These were calls about anything from suspected drug areas to calls to check in on a business to home alarm calls and more.

Alexander publicly thanked the Barnwell (S.C.) police department that expedited extradition of a person for a local statutory rape case. He then commended his officers on their due diligence in apprehending a suspect in a Bryan County robbery case.

Alderman Dr. Brenda Lovett announced that the city now has its own Web site. Alderman Philip King said that this will be a great way for the residents of Guyton to stay informed on what is happening.

The site is located at and includes categories for city officials, city departments, events calendar, ordinances, city council and planning and zoning agendas and minutes, job openings and more. It also has an area to sign up to receive email updates about council meetings, city events and other areas.