clear
Monday August 31st, 2015 11:27AM

Demorest fires city attorney, hires replacement

By Rob Moore Reporter
DEMOREST - The City of Demorest has a new city attorney, following a split vote Tuesday night.

Mayor Rick Austin said Tuesday night the council voted 3-2 to hire Joseph "Joey" Homans of Fox, Chandler, Homans, Hicks and McKinnon in Gainesville to serve as the city attorney at a $150-per-hour flat rate with no retainer.

Councilman Sean Moore made the motion to hire Homans. His motion was seconded by Councilman John Popham. Moore and Popham voted in favor, while Councilman Donnie Bennett and Councilman Jerry Harkness voted against.

Because there was a 2-2 vote, Austin chose to exercise his tie-breaking power to hire Homans, effective immediately.

Austin said government law is all Homans does, and that he has served as Dawson County attorney since 1997.

That split vote followed a failed split vote, in which Bennett motioned and Harkness seconded re-hiring Dana Maine of Freeman Mathis and Gary LLP in Atlanta, who had served as city attorney up until Tuesday.

Bennett and Harkness voted in favor, while Popham and Moore voted against. The motion died for lack of a tie-breaking vote.

Austin commended Maine for the work she has done for the city.

"I am very appreciative of her service," Austin said.

Maine's firm was paid $3,500 per month retainer, which covered all general labor. If additional services were performed (bond writing or litigation), the fee was $200 per hour. Austin said he believes the city is basically current on any fees owed.

Also during Tuesday night's meeting, the council:

* Reappointed Sammy Smith of Rainmaker & Associates for city public relations and grant writing;

* Reappointed Ben Turnipseed as city engineer; and

* Reappointed Phil Gruber (individually) as code inspector for the city.

The personnel actions followed nearly an hour of closed session for the mayor and council.
© Copyright 2015 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
US stocks post sixth straight year of gains
U.S. stocks ended a strong 2014 with moderate declines Wednesday.
4:43PM ( 7 months ago )
Palestinians push ahead in pursuit of war crimes charges against Israel
Stung by a resounding defeat in the U.N. Security Council, the Palestinians announced Wednesday that they joined the International Criminal Court to pursue war crimes charges against Israel.
1:57PM ( 7 months ago )
Business News
Grass fire impacts rush hour traffic on 985
Rush hour traffic on I-985 was slowed by a grass fire Wednesay afternoon with one lane closed while firefighters fought the blaze.
10:19PM ( 7 months ago )
Judge denies motions to move, delay Tsarnaev trial
Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to overturn a judge's decision to not move his upcoming trial out of state.
10:02PM ( 7 months ago )
Sheriff: Man shot 2 on I-85 because he wanted car
A 22-year-old man shot two people who stopped to give him a ride on Interstate 85 in South Carolina on Christmas Eve because he wanted their car to drive to Georgia, a sheriff said Wednesday.
5:21PM ( 7 months ago )
Local/State News
US off war footing at year's end, but wars go on
Taking America off a permanent war footing is proving harder than President Barack Obama may have suggested.
6:13PM ( 8 months ago )
GOP leader regrets talk to white supremacists; party leaders rally around him
House Republican leaders rallied around one of their own, Whip Steve Scalise, on Tuesday after he said he regrets speaking 12 years ago to a white supremacist organization and condemns the views of such groups.
6:08PM ( 8 months ago )
Conviction of Putin foe sets off protest in Moscow
President Vladimir Putin's chief political foe was convicted along with his brother on Tuesday in a fraud case widely seen as a vendetta by the Kremlin, triggering one of Russia's boldest anti-government demonstrations in years.
6:03PM ( 8 months ago )
Politics
Parolee faces drug trafficking charge, authorities seize meth. worth nearly $31,000
A parolee faces a trafficking methamphetamine charge after authorities said they found 11 ounces of methamphetamine in his vehicle following a wreck earlier this month.
11:10AM ( 17 minutes ago )
Gov. Deal proposes $50M more on pre-kindergarten
Gov. Nathan Deal said he wants to spend $50 million to reverse cuts to Georgia's pre-kindergarten program that increased class sizes and cut teacher pay.
By Associated Press
8:14AM ( 3 hours ago )
AAA: Lowest Labor Day gas prices in a decade
Motorists in the southeastern United States should find the lowest Labor Day gas prices in a decade.
By AccessWDUN staff
5:30AM ( 5 hours ago )
Ga., five other states partner to combat impaired driving
Law enforcement officials in six states, including Georgia, are launching their 24th annual "Hands Across the Border" campaign aimed at catching motorists driving under the influence.
By The Associated Press
7:57PM ( 15 hours ago )
Turner Field US flag at half-staff, players' families deal with grief after fan dies in fall
ATLANTA (AP) — The U.S. flag flew at half-staff at Turner Field on Sunday, one day after a fan died following his fall from the upper deck into the lower-level stands during a game between the Atlanta...
7:26PM ( 16 hours ago )