Charles Rushton, elected as Mayor of Collins, and Tracy Buford, elected as council member, took their oaths of office on December 7, 2023; they were elected in the November 7 election. Tara Finnerty, Associate Probate Judge of Tattnall County, administered the oaths of office to the two elected officials.
During the council meeting, the officials approved the 2024 budget for the City of Collins, as well as the approval of a new alcohol ordinance.
The council voted to amend a previous alcohol license that had priced beer and wine distribution at $300; the license fee was changed to $600.
The council voted to split zoning and nuisance fees into two separate fines, both of which were priced at $25 per day.
In reference to local infrastructure, the council accepted the low bid of $2200 from T&K Hicks for the installation of a storm drain on Church Street. Another bid of $3000 was received from Jayco Equipment.
Other items approved include the following:
•To allow Kyle Edenfield to purchase the city's old meters at $3 each, amounting to a total of $900.
•A helicopter landing zone between the city's old school building and its respective gym.
•To cover ten percent of a grant to allow local firefighters to purchase new uniforms, at a total cost of $1800.
•To keep the Christmas bonus for the town's two city employees the same as last year, equivalent to one week's pay.
Local citizen Abigail Groover voiced her opinion on what she felt was the city's failure to attract local businesses that will lead to sustainable growth, rather than those businesses that are short lived.
However, the council cannot determine which businesses will succeed and those that may not survive, was a council comment