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March 3, 2014

Pennington’s final meeting a mix of business and accolades

— David Pennington joked that Monday night’s Dalton City Council meeting was “the second longest we’ve ever had.”

Pennington’s final meeting as mayor before qualifying today to run in the Republican primary for governor against incumbent Nathan Deal was marked by several tributes. The Concerned Citizens of Dalton presented him with a plaque for his efforts to make the city a better place. In particular, members cited his efforts to replace the old Dalton Community Center with the new Mack Gaston Community Center.

“He kept every promise he made to us,” said Horace Moore, a member of the group.

Council members presented Pennington with a portrait they had commissioned as well as his gavel mounted on a plaque.

But in many ways, the meeting was a typical council meeting, with Pennington presiding as members moved smoothly and quickly through a number of items.

Council members voted 4-0 to:

• Approve a contract with Terracon to perform an environmental assessment of the old Lee Printing property on Hamilton Street. The estimated cost of the work is $13,627.25.

• Approve an amendment to the 2014 budget that, among other things, allocates $153,630 for the demolition of the Lee Printing building, which began Monday. City officials hope to attract a developer for the property, which is the size of a city block.

• Approve a distilled spirits pouring license for American Legion Post 112.

• Re-apppoint Kathryn Sellers and Sherwood Jones to three-year terms on the Historic Preservation Commission and appoint Jeff Granillo to a three-year term on the commission.

The council and the Historic Preservation Commission presented the annual Outstanding Historic Preservation Project award to Juan Lama for his work in downtown Dalton. It marked the fourth time Lama has won that award for his efforts to beautify in a historically consistent way various buildings he owns.

Council members also recognized Dalton High School senior Sidney Wheeler, who recently won his second state championship in wrestling.

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