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Pettit succeeds Jones as North Augusta mayor

Posted: May 10, 2017 - 1:07am
Bob Pettit (left) is sworn in Monday as the new mayor of North Augusta by Judge Tom Murphy at the North Augusta City Council meeting. Pettit’s wife, Mary, holds the Bible as granddaughter Molly Glenn looks on.

There's a new mayor in town.

Bob Pettit took over for Lark Jones at the May 1 City Council meeting, taking the oath of office as his wife, Mary, held the Bible and granddaughter Molly Glenn looked on.

Pettit's supporters brought celebratory noisemakers and blew them loudly.

Then Jones and Pettit shook hands, and switched out the nameplate in front of the mayor's seat to reflect the change.

Jones then left the council chambers, ending his last meeting, and Pettit took his seat and began running his first.

"This is a big chair I'm sitting in. Mayor Jones had 20 years in this chair and you can tell tonight why the people of North Augusta loved him so much, and continue to love him, and you can see the love he had for this city," the new mayor said. "It's a humbling experience to be here. There are so many challenges ahead of us. There are a number of people who worked hard to put me in this chair here tonight and I appreciate their hard work. I appreciate the trust everybody has in me and I will do my best to honor that trust."

His first order of business was to oversee the election of a new mayor pro tem. Ken McDowell and Fletcher Dickert were nominated and McDowell won, 3-2.

Re-elected City Council members Pat Carpenter, Dickert and David McGhee also were sworn in for their new four-year terms.

Council then took up three measures related to Ballpark Village.

They agreed unanimously on the first and second reading to some land swaps between the city and Greenstone to line up with ownership and location of the various elements of the development.

Council members also voted to let City Administrator Todd Glover finalize the contract with Brasfield and Gorrie to build the stadium. That vote was 6-1, with Councilman James Adams in opposition.

Council also approved entering into a memorandum of understanding with the state Department of Transportation that the city would be responsible for any traffic problems caused by stadium construction that encroaches on the Georgia Avenue right of way. There is an access drive planned for the back of the stadium and a retaining wall that will enter the right of way, Glover said before the vote, and the city would naturally want to take care of any traffic problems for its own residents.

The measure passed 7-0.

 

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