Fort Valley Mayor John Stumbo says, the plan to build a median on State University Drive will begin in January 2012. This project has been in the works for six years.
He says it's a simple plan to beautify the street in front of the university, but former city council member, Marvin Crafter is devastated by the project.
"History means a lot more than you can put in terms of beautification than you can put in terms of dollars, and cents."
When he says history, Crafter is referring to homecoming. He fears it would be impossible to continue the homecoming parade tradition.
"It's not going to prevent the parade from occurring. It's not going to hamper it in anyway," says Stumbo.
The mayor believes this project will make the university more attractive.
"I want parents with prospective kids to drive down the university zone and be really impressed," says Stumbo.
Crafter isn't impressed with the plan. He says he's disappointed by the mayor's decision to put this plan in motion without more input from the community.
"We didn't start this project without having a series of public meetings, which we did," says Stumbo.
The meetings were held six years ago when the idea was first brought to the table. Crafter feels the community was recently blindsided by the project. He was looking forward to relaying that message to the mayor and council at their monthly meeting.
"This meeting belongs to the people."
When he showed up to talk about the project, city hall was dark. Now, change is inevitable for this community, and Crafter can only hope it happens outside, and inside the city.
"The people in this town have not been afforded adequate input to what is going on in city hall."
Several people showed up to tonight's meeting to address questions and concerns about the plan for the median. They said they will be returning on December 15th to hear what the mayor and council have to say about the future of this road.