Thigpen re-elected Columbia County Commission vice chairman

District 1 Commissioner Ron Thigpen was re-elected as vice chairman in the Columbia County Commission’s first meeting of the year.

Along with naming members to committees, much of the meeting time - all 18 minutes of it - went to presenting Water Utility worker Donna Clay with the Employee of the Year award, and naming the 53 members of the county’s Roads and Bridges staff as the Team of the Year.

In the only business taking place during the brief session, commissioners had a “do-over,” in the words of Chairman Ron Cross, in approving a second first reading of an ordinance streamlining the way nonprofit organizations apply for temporary alcohol licenses for events.

The previous first reading of the ordinance at the commission’s Dec. 20 meeting had technical errors, requiring two new readings for approval, said County Administrator Scott Johnson. Second reading will be at the commission’s next session, Jan. 17.

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