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Milledgeville City Council has agreed to extend the date for completion of the Service Delivery Strategy plan with the Baldwin County Board of Commissioners.

The Service Delivery Act requires all cities and counties throughout Georgia to adopt, approve, and implement a Service Delivery Strategy that outlines the manner in which all governmental services will be provided and funded within a particular county.

The last time such an agreement was approved by local elected government officials was in April 2008, according to a copy of a resolution adopted Tuesday night by members of city council.

City and county officials are required to periodically review and revise such a plan, which is what they are in the process of doing. It has yet to be completed, though, which is why local officials are seeking an extension.

Local officials have advised the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) that they need an extension beyond the Feb. 28 deadline that state agency had established.

According to the resolution adopted earlier this week by Milledgeville City Council, city officials want to continue deliberations with members of the Baldwin County Board of Commissioners as it relates to reviewing the currently document.

An extension was requested by local officials to avoid the imposition of sanctions by the DCA, if an agreement was not reached by the Feb. 28 deadline.

City officials have established June 30 as the date for concluding their deliberations with county officials.

City officials also contend that the public’s best interest would be served if an extension was granted by DCA.

A motion was made by City Alderwoman Denese Shinholster that calls for the adoption of such an extension. The motion was seconded by Alderman Walter Reynolds Jr..

When Milledgeville Mayor Mary Parham-Copelan called for a vote, three other members of city council voted like Shinholster and Reynolds to adopt the resolution. The other three officials included Dr. Collinda Lee, Steve Chambers, and Richard “Boo” Mullins. 

City Alderwoman Jeanette Walden did not attend the meeting. 


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