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Gordon looking for new insurance provider

The city of Gordon is looking at several companies.
GORDON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - A local insurance man is leading the hunt for the city's new insurance provider.

A few weeks back, the city was informed by GIRMA (Georgia Interlocal Risk Management Agency) its current insurance wouldn't be renewed in May.  However, city attorney Joseph Boone argued that since the city was given a "non-renewal" notice instead of a cancellation notice, the notice wasn't given far enough in advance.

Monday, the council signed a binding agreement with GIRMA that says it has until the beginning of June to find a new provider.

Robbie Mixon, a local insurance provider, is helping the city locate a new company.

"There are only about four or five insurance companies in the state of Georgia that do municipalities and counties," councilman Terry Eady says.  "The insurance agent that we have in Gordon is the local man.  He runs his own company.  He's an independent, so he can go out on the market, and that's what he's doing. He's talking with these four or five companies."

Citizens have to wait until next meeting

Another big crowd filled the city annex Monday, several hoping to have their voices heard.  There was an item at the end of the agenda for citizens to speak, but when council got to that part, Mayor Mary Whipple-Lue spoke up and said no one had requested to speak in advance.  She then called for the meeting to be adjourned.

We caught up with her after the meeting.

"Anybody that has a complaint, just contact the clerk or the receptionist," she told us. 

We asked how far in advance people should do that.

"Four to five days before the meeting."

Gail Nelson has lived in Gordon all her life.  She says the agenda was misleading.

"She only had on there space for citizens to speak," Nelson says.  "She did not explain that we've got to get on the agenda before we can speak."

Nelson says she'll sign up Tuesday to speak at the next meeting.  It's scheduled for Monday, May 5.
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