THE JOURNAL ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED THIS ARTICLE ON JUNE 8, 2021. YOU WILL NOTE THE VOTE BY THE COUNCIL 4-0 WAS TO MAKE KENNY HUTCHERSON MEMORIAL DRIVE AN HONORARY ROAD. OBVIOUSLY WHEN VANESSA GEORGE WAS INVESTIGATING WHAT HAD BEEN DONE BOTH SHE AND THE COUNCIL DECIDED THE ENTIRE STREET NAME WOULD BE CHANGED. COULDN’T THEY UNDERSTAND THEY ALREADY VOTED ON THIS AND THE STREET, SUWANNEE STREET, WOULD REMAIN? WHAT IS WRONG WITH OUR COUNCIL AND MAYOR RIVERS?
When Helen Miller was Mayor, the Council determined that in memory of our longest Town employee, Kenny Hutcherson, we would name a street after him. It was not meant to change Suwannee Street to Kenny Hutcherson Memorial Drive but to have a second name sign above it.
This again came to fruition since Vanessa George our Town Manager took it upon herself to change the street, not add a second street name to Suwannee Street.
Mr. Land was contacted during the meeting to discuss this matter. He explained the difficulty property owners would have including having to change all their records and insurance. He suggested that instead the Town add a second street memorializing Kenny Hutcherson. Mayor Anita Rivers then stated to all council members and the citizens present that it was her understanding that we were not intending to change Suwannee Street to Kenny Hutcherson Memorial Drive. The council then voted with a 4-0 vote to not change Suwannee Street as the permanent Kenny Hutcherson Memorial Drive.
Mr. Land also offered to make a sign to go above Suwannee Street for the Town. He said it probably would not be as artful as one the Town paid for by a sign maker but it could be made by Hamilton County. Hopefully someone will be in touch with him since it was voted on.
Mr. Land indicated that the Town would have to draft a resolution. Our Attorney stated that an actual ordinance should be done which would be sent to the State. Attorney Foreman and Ms. George both had contacted the state to see whether an ordinance had been done, but the State could not find one. Apparently no ordinances were sent to the state in 2020 by our fine town manager Tommie Jones. What Attorney Foreman stated was that if the ordinances are not sent to the state, the ordinances die and therefore no longer apply.
I can guarantee there was no ordinance made on this one.