Fort Oglethorpe Charter

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Updated: 2/25/2014 1:00 pm
FORT OGLETHORPE, GA (WDEF-TV) Fort Oglethorpe City Council dose not motion to approve the revised charter.

The first reading of the ordinance was back in January, and in order for this charter to be enacted it needed to be approved on the second and third reading. That did not happen.

It leaves the door open for state legislators to revise the city's charter.

Residents of Fort Oglethorpe did not like the lack of a motion. Arlene Walker, who was on the hand chosen council group that was to revise the charter, doesn't want the state legislators to control the fate of the charter.

"First they're going to take away the vote of the Mayor," Walker said. "Then they're going to put in a strong ethics committee. Then they'll appoint a Senate that can choose a council member for our city. I don't think so."

Mayor Lynn Long feels they need more time.

He said, "We got a brand new city council. We've got two new members."

Even incumbents like Earl Gray were in favor of the charter being revised by the state legislator, but he has now changed his tune.

"We had too many people on both committees work too hard for us to ignore what they have done," said Gray.

This all boils down to how the city to going to be run, and the agree they don't want any interference from big brother in Atlanta.

The next step would be a third reading of the ordinance, but that may not be possible since there was no motion on the second reading.

Mayor Long said he wanted to get legal advice on if it was still a possibility.
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