Fort O rehires Goulart, Eubanks, Long

Fort O rehires Goulart, Eubanks, Long

January 22nd, 2014 by Rachel Sauls-Wright in Local Regional News

Upon first glance at Fort Oglethorpe City Hall it might seem like last year's March 22 firings never even happened.

That's because Ron Goulart, David Eubanks and Jeff Long are all back to work for the city.

At the city council's most recent meeting, which was the first meeting for new representatives Paula Stinnett and Craig Crawford, the council unanimously voted to rehire Goulart back as city manager.

"I assure you I'll do my very best," said Goulart. "Any decisions I make will be made on the foundation of transparency and integrity. Thank you very much for having confidence in me."

After the meeting, he announced he would rehire Eubanks and Long.

In other business, the council approved a request for $100,000 from the city's general fund that will go to the construction of a new intersection at a shopping development on Battlefield Parkway. The city has already provided $250,000 for the project, but a stoplight was left out of the original bid, explained Councilman Earl Gray.

"It's a project this city needs," he said. "It's going to be good for this city. We've already got $250,000 invested [that] we can't get back. One hundred thousand dollars is a lot of money but not very much when you look at what it's going to bring to this city."

New Councilman Craig Crawford disagreed.

"In my line of work - my full-time job - we deal with bidding and contract stuff," he said. "That's a big margin to miss out on an original project. I don't know if it's better to go out for rebid. ... I know we've already invested $250,000. The job is going to go. I would just like to have more time on the issue."

Crawford abstained from voting.

Arlene Walker and Ron Hodges, both of whom were members of the city-appointed charter review committee, asked the council to reconsider the charter updates their committee requested late last year.

Mayor Lynn Long assured them it would be on the agenda for the council's next meeting.