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January 8-  The Lyons City Council held its first regular meeting of the New Year Tuesday night.

{mosimage} Lyons City Attorney Bruce Durden delivers the oath of office to (L-R) Ben Mitchell, Wayne Hartley and Charles Nobles.

The first order of business was to give the oath of office to re-elected incumbents Ben Mitchell and Wayne Hartley and to newly elected councilman Charles "Spec" Nobles.

"I would like to clean the city up.  We've got some areas in town which need cleaning up bad and that's my first project," Nobles said and he promised to be an active member of council.

"I'm a four-year man and I don't want to hurt your feelings, but it doesn't bother me if I hurt your feelings because I don't want to get elected again," he said.

The council gave the Lyons Merchants Association until January 15th to decide if it wants to continue sponsoring the Southeast Georgia Soap Box Derby.  If not, the council has indicated it will pay the annual registration fee of $1,450 which was due for payment December 30 to the national Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio.

Mayor Willis NeSmith reports Soap Box Director Michael Williamson resigned his position due to conflicts with the Lyons Merchants Association and noted the LMA needs a new derby director if its wants to continue sponsorship.

LMA member Roy Stewart says the organzation has not received a bill for the annual license fee and will decide at a meeting Tuesday night how to proceed.

The councl appointed Kevin Hill of Lyons and Lyons City Manager Jason Hall to represent it on a recreation advisory committee being formed in cooperation with the city of Vidalia and Toombs County.

It also voted to change the city's water tower maintenence contract to a Tuscaloosa, Alabama firm at a savings of about $4,000 per year.  Pro Tank will maintain the city's three water tanks for $29,450 annually versus the $33,501 currently charged by Utilities Servicies.