Winder resident Alfonza Brown will be sworn into office as the newest member of the Winder City Council in a ceremony at 5 p.m. today. However, the next Winder Municipal Court judge will not take his oath of office. Top finalist Dale R. Samuels late last week withdrew his application, according to city administrator Don Toms.
City attorney John Stell will give the oath of office to Brown at the Winder Community Center. Brown is filling the unexpired term of the late Charlie Eberhart, who died in late January after an extended illness. Eberhart had held the Ward 2 post for 22 years.
Brown's first meeting in elective office will be at 6 p.m. when the city council meets at the same location for a work session to discuss issues that are on the agenda of its regular voting session Tuesday night.
One of the issues to be discussed is the purchase of a one-acre parcel on East Athens Street across from the community center for $75,000. The council also is scheduled to vote Tuesday night on the design for a new LED welcome sign that is to be built on the site of another tract the city recently purchased at the intersection of Highway 81 and Punkin Junction Road.