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Flowery Branch City Council approves contract for clerk
Melissa McCain
Melissa McCain

Flowery Branch City Council ratified the employment contract for its new city clerk during its Thursday night meeting.

Melissa McCain has been named as the replacement for Marja Burney, who resigned Jan. 9 as city clerk.

A reason for Burney’s departure was not given, and there was no formal resignation letter, wrote City Manager Bill Andrew in an emailed response to an open records request for the document. When contacted at her home, Burney was unavailable for comment.

McCain is expected to receive an annual base salary of $55,000, with additional benefits including an accomodation for severance, according to Andrew. Council entered executive session after the meeting, where the final agreement was expected to be rendered. McCain is scheduled to begin work on Thursday, Andrew said earlier.

In his city manager report, Andrew reviewed the city’s snow preparations, and street and sidewalk management during last week’s icy conditions.

Andrew commended Public Works Superintendent Johnny Thomas and his staff for being proactive before the inclement weather, and for their quick and efficient clearing of the city’s approximately 26 miles or road.

Council member Tara Richards concurred, having been caught in metro Atlanta gridlock.

“Returning to Flowery Branch, it was like night and day,” she said.

Flowery Branch police worked three accidents attributed to road conditions, Chief David Spillers said.