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Last updated 3:25PM ET
July 17, 2018
WOUB Local News
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Athens City Council Kicks Off New Term
(WOUB) - It was a night of new for Athens City Council.

A new term.

New councilmembers.

New mayor.

And a new line-up of council committees and chairs.

The committees were announced by Council President Bill Bias, who chose Debbie Phillips to again chair the Planning and Development Committee.

Bias pointed out the committee also be active in implementation of Mayor Paul Wiehl's smart growth philosophy.

For the Recreation Committee, Bias named rookie Kent Butler as the chair.

Athens City Council also held an executive session to discuss negotiations with the firefighters' union.

Those talks are now being handled by Pat Lang, the new Law Director.

His predecessor, Garry Hunter, says he had been hired to finish what he had started but then told yesterday that his services would not be needed.
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