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Buford Commission reappoints officials

BUFORD — The more things change, the more they stay the same.

The old adage appeared to fit Monday at a 25-minute meeting where the Buford City Commission reappointed its city manager and all department heads for another year in office. It also administered the oath of office for another term to two commission members, two school board members and reappointed two members to another term on city planning boards.

The commission also reappointed its commission officers, recognized two city employees for 20 years of service and granted a special-use permit for an automotive repair business.

Commission members L. Chris Burge and Mrs. Michael Smith were sworn into another four-year term of office along with city school board members Bruce Fricks and Pat Pirkle. Burge and Smith were unopposed in their re-election bids for the commission.

The commissioners also reappointed Phillip Beard to serve another year as commission chairman and Burge to serve as vice chairman.

“Well, I guess I’ll work at it,” said Beard of his reappointment as commission chairman. “I think we’ve got a pretty good team here and I look forward to working together for another year.”

The commission voted to extend city manager Bryan Kerlin’s annual contract for another three years. Kerlin has served as city manager since 2000. It also reappointed Robert Perkins to another four-year term on the city’s Planning and Zoning Board and James Wilson to another three-year term on the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals.

The commission also reappointed all of its current department heads but added an unpaid position as city historian to Lynn Bowman, director of the Museum of Buford.

“He’s been a great resource for the city,” Beard said of Bowman. “And he’s attracted a lot of attention to Buford and its past.”

The commission also honored Rhonda Cunningham for 20 years of service in the city planning department and Gentry Wade for 20 years in public safety.

In other business, the commission granted a special-use permit to Adrian Timoftica and Jaclyn Franceschini to operate an automotive repair facility at 4984 B. U. Bowman Drive, Suite 103. The permit was granted under the conditions that there is no outdoor repair or renovations, no abandoned vehicles and a certificate of occupancy by the City of Buford Building Inspector.