Cochran swear-in

Councilman Dennis “Hill” Cochran, with his wife Carmel Cochran gives his oath to serve the City of Waleska to city attorney Dana Thompson.

WALESKA—With the swearing-in of Dennis “Hill” Cochran, the Waleska City Council has all its seats filled for the first time since last summer.

Cochran takes the seat of Curtis Endicott, who resigned after taking on a new role at the Acworth Police Department in April. Cochran himself resigned in January, and his role was filled by Kristi Bosch in a special election in May. Because Cochran was the only person to qualify for the remaining seat in August, the city did not hold another election. He was sworn in at the city council meeting Monday.

The returning councilman, who works in radiology and CT scans, left due to family and job commitments after he transferred from Redmond Regional Medical Center in Rome to Northside Hospital, later returning to Redmond.

“I never wanted to leave to begin with. When I went back to work for Redmond, and there was an opening on the council, it was good opportunity (to return),” Cochran said in an interview with the Tribune Thursday.

Cochran said one of his priorities for the city is to help see its water projects started and completed, including the replacement water line to run along Ga. Highway 140.

The city has also approved John Meier as its new attorney, after the previous city attorney Dana Thompson announced she is retiring from her practice at the end of the year. Meier and Thompson are both partners at Meier, Thompson and King in Canton.

Waleska councilmembers may be discussing a possible subdivision annexation in the near future. Dean Woodall, owner of Woodall Construction Co., has plans for a 71-acre tract at the intersection of Ga. Highway 140 and Land Road, where he hopes to build 52 homes. He was invited to speak at the council meeting, but he plans to first discuss zoning with Cherokee County representatives, he said to the Tribune Tuesday.

Early next year, Waleska residents are invited to discuss water system improvements funded by the state’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund at a public hearing scheduled Jan. 7.

The next regular city council meeting will be Jan. 7, following the public hearing, at Waleska City Hall, 8891 Fincher Road in Waleska.

Shannon is an education and lifestyle reporter and a graduate of Young Harris College. She currently lives in unincorporated Woodstock, Ga.

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