Berkeley Lake seats two new council members

BERKELEY LAKE - Walter Anderson and Tom Kitchens sat in on Thursday night's council meeting not as observers but as councilmen.

Mayor Lois Salter, who swore the two men in on Tuesday, welcomed the two and their contributions to what she said she hopes to be a productive year in city business.

Salter continued in her first address of 2006 to the council and residents, admonishing the council to work together to establish and reach goals. With regard to the city's financial standing, Salter commented that "the city is in good financial shape," with all budgeted items for 2005 coming in under projected figures.

Further outlining her goals for the upcoming year, Salter expressed her desire to bring in a professional public works management company to handle the city's numerous projects. SPLOST funds can legally be used to pay for such an expense. Salter publicly expressed her thanks to former council member Marcie Zielazinski for her many volunteer hours spent on public works, but added, "we need professional advice, support and accountability" in this area.

Town hall meeting to be rescheduled

A previously scheduled town hall meeting called to address road safety in Berkeley Lake will be rescheduled pending public notification of the objectives.

Elected officials to attend ethics seminar

Council member Debbie Guthrie advised Salter and other council members of an available ethics seminar offered through the University of Georgia. The seminar would be held locally, probably in the Berkeley Lake chapel, and would cover Georgia law regarding elected officials' conduct and responsibilities to the citizens. All council members and the mayor agreed that such a course would be beneficial and should include the city clerk and deputy clerk as well as the city treasurer. Guthrie will arrange the date, tentatively in March, and all Berkeley Lake residents are welcome to observe.