Houston & Peach

Fort Valley appoints interim public works director

FORT VALLEY — The Fort Valley City Council appointed sanitation head Terry Toussaint as the interim Public Works director during its regular meeting Thursday.

Toussaint will be filling the spot left vacant by Richard Powell, who is leaving the position today to serve as Public Works director in Macon. Toussaint’s salary will be increased by $5,000 for the period that he serves in that capacity.

The city is advertising for the position with a deadline of 5 p.m. Dec. 5. Interviews will follow. Mayor John Stumbo said he hopes to complete the process within 60 days.

The City Council also amended an ordinance to allow for the sale of over-the-counter beer and wine on Election Day. As previously written, it only allowed for the sale of packaged beverages on Election Day, meaning purchases could be made but they could not be consumed on the premises. Stumbo said the change was made in an effort to make the ordinance consistent. City administrator Martha McAfee said the change would mostly apply to establishments such as restaurants.

Stumbo also recognized former Telegraph photographer Danny Gilleland for his years of service to the local community and proclaimed Thursday Danny Gilleland Day in the city.