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Muscogee County Charter Commission Files (MC 43)

 

Scope and Contents

This collection was formed by Dr. Thomas Y. Whitley, who was the president of Columbus College and the head of the commission which planned the consolidation of the Columbus, Georgia city and the Muscogee County governments.  It includes the proposal for consolidation, various drafts of the Consolidated Government charter, minutes of meetings, newspaper clippings, correspondence and other Commission records.  This collection contains a detailed look at how a major governmental reorganization occurred through the efforts of a wide variety of interested parties.

1969-1971                                        1 box (1 l.f.)

 

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Muscogee County Charter Commission Collection (MC 43)

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Provenance

These materials are presumed to have come from the Columbus College files of Dr. Whitley in the 1970s.


Box and Contents List

Box 1

Folder 1 – Muscogee County Charter Commission File, March – June, 1969

Item 1 – Muscogee County-City of Columbus Charter Commission legislation, approved March 21, 1968

Item 2 – Voting tabulations for Amendment # 106 which created the Charter Commission to study Consolidation, May?, 1969

Item 3 – Letter from Ben. W. Fortson, Jr., Secretary of State of the State of Georgia to Dr. Thomas Whitley concerning Act # 483 (H.B. # 541) which was approved by the Governor on April 25, 1969.  This Act concerns the Muscogee County Charter Commission, May 1, 1969

Item 4 -- Resolution, # 92-69, providing for the appointment of members to the Muscogee Charter Commission, May 13, 1969

Item 5 –Columbus-Muscogee County Charter Commission Organizational Meeting – Minutes, May 21, 1969

Item 6 – Muscogee County Charter Commission – list of members, addresses and telephone numbers (2 copies), May?, 1969

Item 7 – Letter dated May 6, 1969 to Dr. Thomas Y. Whitley from Lamuel H. Miller, Jr., City Clerk of Columbus notifying Whitley of his appointment by the City Consolidated Charter Study Committee.  It is attached to Whitley's acknowledgement of the appointment, May 14, 1969

Item 8 – Letter to Nolan Murrah, Jr. care of Royal Crown Bottling Company from J. S. Hutto.  This is a letter of recommendation for Mr. Jim Burgess in regards to hiring a consultant for the study of consolidation.  Attached is Jim Burgess's resume, an organizational chart of the governmental structure of Columbus, and an organizational chart of the governmental structure of Muscogee County, May 26, 1969

Item 9 – A letter of congratulations to Dr. Thomas Whitley from W.J. Wright, Jr., County Administrator, for being elected Chairman of the Columbus-Muscogee County Charter Commission, May 26, 1969

Item 10 – Columbus-Muscogee County Charter Commission – Minutes (with an attached Subcommittee Report dated May 27, 1969, of the proposed timetable for consolidating the governments of Columbus and Muscogee County, June 3, 1969

Item 11 – Letter from L. Martelle Layfield, Jr., Sub-Committee Chairman to Public Administration Service of Chicago, IL concerning the retaining of a professional consultant, June 4, 1969

Item 12 – Letter to Mr. James Burgess from L. Martelle Layfield, Jr. expressing the Charter Commission's desire to hire a professional consultant. The letter requests references and experience, June 4, 1969

Item 13 – Letter to Mr. Ralph Sayers from L. Martelle Layfield, Jr. concerning research needed for the June 17 meeting, June 4, 1969

Item 14 – June 5, 1969 – A copy of Resolution # 109-69 attached to a letter from Thomas Y. Whitley acknowledging receipt of the Resolution, June 5, 1969

Item 15 – Letter to the Institute of Public Administration in New York from L. Martelle Layfield, Jr. concerning the Charter Commission's desire to retain a professional consultant, June 6, 1969

Item 16 – Copy of letters to the Mayor of Nashville, Tenn., Knoxville, Tenn., and Jacksonville, Fla. Letter requesting the names of consultants that assisted their community, June 6, 1969

Item 17 – June 8, 1969 – A pamphlet printed by the Sunday Ledger-Enquirer supporting consolidation.  The pamphlet is in response to an organization called The Truth about Annexation which actively opposed the plan for consolidation, June 8, 1969

This is was not present on 7/25/2015.

Item 18 – Announcement of June 17 Charter Commission meeting, June 12, 1969

Item 19 – A proposal by W.J. Wright, Jr. to pay Mrs. Phillips a salary of $ 25.00/month for her services, June 17, 1969

Item 20 – Columbus-Muscogee County Charter Commission – Minutes, June 17, 1969

Item 21 – Announcement of June 26 Charter Commission meeting, June 20, 1969

Item 22 – Columbus-Muscogee County Charter Commission – Minutes, June 26, 1969

Item 23 – Letter from James V. Burgess, Jr. to Mr. Martelle Layfield, Jr. concerning a proposed contract with his firm, Public Research and Management, Inc., June 27, 1969

Item 24 – A copy of an article entitled How to Get a New City Charter from Constitutions and Charters. Attached is a memorandum from Thomas Whitley to Messrs. Dowling, Land, and Swint requesting that they read the article, June 27, 1969

Item 25 – Draft of the Itinerary for the Charter Commission attached to a letter stating such from James Burgess to Martelle Layfield, Jr., June 30, 1969

Item 26 – Draft of Itinerary for the Charter Commission attached to hand written notes (Whitley's?), June 30, 1969

Item 27 – A draft charter of the consolidated Government, Columbus, GA, June, 1969

Item 28 – Proposal from Public Research and Management, Inc., Atlanta, GA for rendering consulting services to the Columbus-Muscogee County Charter Commission in relation to possible consolidation of the city of Columbus and Muscogee County, Georgia, June, 1969

Folder 2 – Muscogee County Charter Commission File, July, 1969

Item 1 – Letter from Martelle Layfield to Thomas Whitley.  Attached is a copy of a letter from Jim Burgess in which several suggestions for the Commission are offered, July 2, 1969

Item 2 – Letter from Thomas Whitley to the civic and professional organizations in the community informing them that speakers providing advice, guidance, and information about consolidation, will be available for their programs upon request between Oct. 15 and Nov. 30, July [5?], 1969

Item 3 – July 9, 1969 – Letter from Thomas Whitley to James Burgess, July 9, 1969

Item 4 – July 9, 1969 – Copy of the contract between the Muscogee County Charter Commission and Public Research and Management, Inc. (3 copies), July 9, 1969

Item 5 –List of individuals invited to a Breakfast meeting of the Muscogee County Charter Commission Sub-Committee, July 9, 1969

Item 6 – July 10, 1969 – Letter from Nolan Murrah of Royal Crown Cola Co. to Martelle Layfield concerning the functions of the various sub-committees of the Charter Commission, July 10, 1969

Item 7 – Letter from James Burgess to Whitley confirming Burgess' attendance at the breakfast meeting on July 14th and also asking for a meeting on the 14th, July 10, 1969

Item 8 – Columbus-Muscogee County Charter Commission – Minutes, July 15, 1969

Item 9 – Letters from Whitley to Mr. Hutto, Mr. J.W. Fanning, and Mr. W.E. Hudson inviting them to the upcoming Charter Commission meetings, July 17, 1969

Item 10 – Letter from Whitley to Burgess regarding upcoming meetings, July 17, 1969

Item 11 – Memorandum from Dr. Whitley to members of the Charter Commission listing the dates and time of the meetings to precede the first public hearing, July 17, 1969

Item 12 -- A "Quick Note" from Thomas Whitley to Mr. Ellis Swint regarding the contract with Public Research and Management, Inc., July 17, 1969

Item 13 –Letter from J.W. Fanning to Dr. Whitley regretting that he will not be able to attend the July 24th meeting of the Columbus Charter, July 17, 1969

Item 14 – Memorandum from Whitley to members of the Charter Commission pertaining to Committee assignments for the Charter Commission, July 17, 1969

Item 15 – Twelves copies of a memorandum from Whitley to members of the Charter Commission concerning the budget of the Charter Commission, each one signed by the recipient, July 17, 1969.

Item 14 – Copies of letters sent to W.E. Hudson, Jack S. Hutto, and J.W. Fanning from James Burgess confirming the time, date, and place of their presentation to the Charter Commission, July 21, 1969

Item 15 – Letter from J. Gordon Young to Thomas Whitley suggesting that certain Judges, Court Officials and Executive Committee Members of the Columbus Lawyers Club be invited to a meeting of the Charter Commission. Letter provides lists of names of those who should be invited, July 21, 1969

Item 16 – Letter from J. S. Hutto to Thomas Whitley declining an invitation to an August 7th meeting with the Muscogee Co. Charter Commission, July 21, 1969

Item 17 – Memorandum from Whitley to members of the Charter Commission concerning the work schedule of the Charter Commission through the first public hearing to be held on September 28th (3 copies), July 22, 1969

Item 18 – Letters to Fanning, Hudson, and Hutto from Dr. Whitley confirming the dates of their presentations to the Charter Commission, July 22, 1969

Item 19 -- A letter from William Hudson of the Athens-Clarke County Charter Commission accepting the invitation of the Muscogee County Commission for his August 7th presentation, July 23, 1969

Item 20 – Acceptance by J.W. Fanning for his July 31st presentation to the Charter Commission, July 24, 1969

Item 21 – Memorandum pertaining to letters sent to civic and professional groups in the community, July 25, 1969

Item 22 – Presentments from the Grand Jury of Muscogee County for the June-July term to Honorable J. Alvan Davis, Judge of the Superior Court. (These are the results of studies made by the Grand Jury in the areas of Narcotics traffic and use, Prostitution, and the Numbers Racket in connection with charges made against Detective Hollis M. Baker and counter-charges made against Assistant District Attorney Frank K. Martin), July 25, 1969

Item 23 – Article from the Columbus Enquirer concerning the Grand Jury Presentments mentioned above entitled Fruits of our Indifference, July 26, 1969

Item 24 – Notice of a meeting of the Charter Commission, July 28, 1969

Item 25 – Articles from the Columbus Ledger entitled Safety Board Must Go, Jury Offers Good Idea, and And, About Judge Land, July 28, 1969

Item 26 – Article from the Columbus Enquirer entitled The Chief Must Step Down, July 29, 1969

Item 27 – Memorandum from Dr. Whitley to Mayor J. R. Allen concerning the budget of the Charter Commission (2 copies), July 29, 1969

Item 28 – Letter from Whitley to G. Gunby Jordan concerning his request (attached) to record and transcribe some upcoming meetings, July 31, 1969

Item 29 – Columbus-Muscogee County Charter Commission – Minutes, July 31, 1969

Item 30 – Governmental Organization and Structure Committee – Report, July 31, 1969

Folder 3 – Muscogee County Charter Commission File, August 1-13, 1969

Item 1 – Leaflet urging community input into the proposed consolidated government, early August, 1969

Item 2 – Letter from Dr. Whitley to 72 selected civic and professional organizations listed in the directory of the Columbus chamber of Commerce offering speakers on the topic of the proposed governmental consolidations to their groups, August 1, 1969

Item 3 – Announcement of the August 7th Charter Council meeting, August 4, 1969

Item 4 – Memorandum from Jim Burgess, Public Research and Management, Inc. to the Muscogee County Charter Commission concerning the correction of some typos in the draft of the first report of the Governmental Organization and Structure Committee Report, August 4, 1969

Item 5 – Note from Mrs. T.J. Redmond, President of the P.T.A. Program Committees to Dr. Whitley, August 5, 1969 Item 6 – Report of the Athens-Clarke Consolidation, August 7, 1969

Item 7 – Columbus-Muscogee County Charter Commission – Minutes, August 7, 1969

Item 8 – Committee Report on Courts of the City of Columbus and Muscogee County, August 7, 1969

Item 9 – A letter to Dr. Whitley from Lemuel Miller, Jr., City Clerk of Columbus, notifying Whitley that the City Commission approved an additional $ 3,250.00 for the Charter Commission. Attached is a copy of the resolution and a thank you letter from Whitley, August 7, 1969

Item 10 – Minutes of the Muscogee Co. Judiciary and Executive Committee of the Columbus Lawyers Club, and the Sub-Committee on Courts of the Muscogee County Charter Commission – Minutes (with breakfast reservations attached), August 8, 1969.

Item 11 – Letter from Whitley to J.W. Fanning thanking him for the presentation, August 11, 1969

Item 12 – Letter from Whitley to Wm. Hudson thanking him for the presentation, August 11, 1969

Item 13 – August 13, 1969 – Letter from Dr. Whitley to W.J. Wright, County Administrator concerning W. E. Hudson's travel expenses. Attached are a letter from W. E. Hudson to Whitley, a travel expense statement, a mileage record, and a Xerox copy of a hotel bill.

Item 14 – Letter from Paul J. Bradley, concerned citizen, to the Charter Commission, suggesting a way be found in the re-organization to address the issues raised in the recent Grand Jury Presentments, August 13, 1969

Item 15 – Letter from A. J. Land to J. Gordon Young concerning the sub-committee on courts, August 13, 1969

Item 16 – Governmental Function and Services – Committee Report (with draft attached), August 13, 1969

Folder 4 – Muscogee County Charter Commission File, August 14-31, 1969

Item 1 – Governmental Finances – Committee Report (with draft attached), August 14, 1969

Item 2 – A letter from J. Gordon Young to Messrs. A .J. Land, Walter Owens, Howell Hollis, Forrest Champion, Marion Page, and J. Norman Pease, the sub-committee on courts, August 14, 1969

Item 3 – Letter from J. Gordon Young to A .J. Land, August 14, 1969

Item 4 – Letter from Whitley to Ellis Swint (Includes letters from City Clerk, dated July 1, 1969, August 11, and August 13th, an outline proposal made by City commissioners Illges and McDaniel with reference to police and fire departments, letters to A . J. Land), August 14, 1969

Item 5 – Letter from James Burgess to Thomas Whitley concerning a sub-committee report, August 18, 1969

Item 6 – Announcement of a meeting of the Charter Commission, August 19, 1969

Item 7 – Letter from W. M. Page to A. J. Land concerning Georgia H.B. No. 867 (attached), August 19, 1969

Item 8 – Columbus-Muscogee County Charter Commission – Minutes, August 21, 1969

Item 9 – Governmental Powers and Authority – Committee Report, August 21, 1969

Item 10 – Three letters from James Burgess to Bruce M. Land, Martelle Layfield, and B. D. Hydrick concerning meeting possibilities, August 22, 1969

Item 11 – Letter from T. Y. Whitley to W. J. Wright concerning reimbursement of expenditures.  Attached are two memorandums itemizing the expenditures for reimbursement of James O. Sanders and Pauline C. Banks, August 28, 1969

Item 12 – Letter from W. E. Hudson concerning the Athens-Clarke County charter and his recent visit to Columbus to discuss it.  A thank you letter from Dr. Whitley is attached, August 28, 1969

Item 13 – Letter from Whitley to James Burgess, August 29, 1969

Folder 5 – Muscogee County Charter Commission File, September, 1969

Item 1 – Letter from Martelle Layfield to W .B. Turner, September 2, 1969

Item 2 – September 2, 1969 – Letter from W. E. Hudson to Dr. Whitley with a thank you letter from Whitley to Hudson attached, September 2, 1969

Item 3 -- Letter from Whitley to Mr. W .J. Wright acknowledging receipt of two checks. Attached is a memorandum invoice from Public Research and Management, Inc., September 2, 1969

Item 4 – Letter from Whitley to Paul J. Bradley acknowledging Bradley's letter of August 13th, September 2, 1969

Item 5 – Notice of a meeting of the Charter Commission for September 4th, September 2, 1969

Item 6 – Columbus-Muscogee County Charter Commission – Minutes, September 8, 1969

Item 7 – Letter from J. Gordon Young reminding members of the Charter Commission Sub-Committee on Courts of a breakfast meeting with the lawyers Club Charter Commission Advisory Committee, September 9, 1969

Item 8 – Announcement of meeting of Charter Commission on September 11th, September 9, 1969

Item 9 – Letter from Thomas B. Slade to Charter Commission congratulating them for their effort and approach, with a two page memo of suggestions attached, September 9, 1969

Item 10 – Letter from James Burgess to Charter Commission concerning Boards, Commissions, and Authorities (2 copies), September 10, 1969

Item 11 – Information concerning the expenses of B.T. Slade in connection with services rendered to the Charter Commission, September 10, 1969

Item 12 – Letter from W. M. Page to Dr. Thomas Whitley concerning possible effects of the Charter on the Housing Authority of Columbus, September 10, 1969

Item 13 – Letter from W.M. Page to Dr. Whitley concerning the Act providing for creation of the Charter Commission, September 11, 1969

Item 14 – Columbus-Muscogee County Charter Commission – Minutes, with Draft Report of the Recommendations of the Committee Report on Governmental Functions and Services attached, September 11, 1969

Item 15 – Letter from Whitley to R.E. Watson of the Chattahoochee Valley Chapter of National Association of Accountants concerning the Association's not being able to schedule a speaker on the issue of governmental consolidation, September 12, 1969

Item 16 – Notice of a meeting of the Charter Commission for September 18th, September 16, 1969

Item 17 – A letter from S. L. May, Jr. to Whitley asking for a recommendation for James Burgess with Dr. Whitley's positive reply of the 18th, September 16, 1969

Item 18 – Governmental Functions and Services and Governmental Organization and Structure – Joint Committee Report, September 16, 1969

Item 19 – Columbus-Muscogee County Charter Commission – Minutes, September 18, 1969

Item 20 – A letter from J. Gordon Young to Martelle Layfield concerning the issue of electing vs. appointing the Clerk and Marshal of the Municipal Court, September 18, 1969

Item 21 – Letter from William P. Cliatt, Chairman of the Columbus-Muscogee County Civil Defense Board to Dr. Whitley, with Whitley's notes attached, September 18, 1969

Item 22 – Letter from Whitley to W.J. Wright requesting advertising the first public hearing of the Commission, September 19, 1969

Item 23 – Memorandum from James Burgess to Harold Lummus, Joseph Mitchell, Jac H. Rothschild, and W. M. Turner concerning the Medical Center and Hospital Authority, September 25, 1969

Item 24 – Announcement of first public hearing. Attached is a list of the members of the Columbus Ministerial Alliance for 1969 and their addresses, September 30, 1969

Item 25 – Photocopy of article from the Athens Banner-Herald entitled It's Vital to Vote Again by N.S. Hayden attached to a population census of the community, September, 1969

Folder 6 – Muscogee County Charter Commission File, October, 1969

Item 1 – Columbus-Muscogee County Charter Commission – Minutes, Oct. 2, 1969

     The questions used in the rehearsal for the upcoming public meeting are attached to the minutes.

Item 2 -- Presumably Whitley's personal notes taken at Charter Commission's meeting on Oct. 2, 1969. Attached is an outline for the Public Hearing (dated Oct. 9), rules for the first Public Hearing, and a list of questions at the dress rehearsal for the Public Hearing, October 9, 1969

Item 3 -- Typed account of the Commission's activities titled Governmental Organization and Functions prepared for Constance Johnson of the Ledger-Enquirer, October 3, 1969

Item 4 -- Hand written note from J. R. Allen to Whitley notifying the latter that he will be unable to attend the first public hearing, October 3, 1969

Item 5 – A two page letter to A. J. Land from Nolan Murrah, Jr. concerning the courts under the consolidated government. Attached is a memorandum from James Burgess concerning the combining of the Offices of District Attorney and Solicitor of the City Court, October 6, 1969

Item 6 – Letter from Whitley to Burgess, October 7, 1969

Item 7 – Agenda for the first Public Hearing.of the Commission, October 9, 1969

Item 8 – List of rules for the first Public Hearing, October 9, 1969

Item 9 – Questions asked by residents at the first Public Hearing, October 9, 1969.

Item 10 – List of letters received after the first Public Hearing and their topics, post-October 9, 1969

Item 11 – Letter from Whitley to members of the Charter Commission informing them of time, place and subject matter of next meeting and commenting on the results of the first public hearing of the day before (2 copies), October 10, 1969

Item 12 – Letter from Wm. Henry Shaw, Superintendent of Education to B. M. Land concerning the school system, October 10, 1969

Item 13 – Letter from Whitley to Dr. S. P. Charleston, Principal of Carver High School concerning the proposed governmental consolidation, October 10. 1969

Item 14 – Letter from Joe Windsor of WTVM to Whitley congratulating him on the direction of the first public hearing, October 11, 1969

Item 15 – Letter from Whitley to Burgess, October 13, 1969

Item 16 – Letter from A. J. Land to members of the Special Committee on Courts, October 13, 1969

Item 17 – Letter from Whitley to Mr. G.V. Carr concerning the office of County Surveyor, October 14, 1969

Item 18 – Letter from Whitley to Mr. Bruce M. Land with an attached photocopy of a section of the Georgia State Constitution of the State of Georgia, October 14, 1969

Item 19 – Letter from Whitley to Mr. Milton Hirsch concerning the establishment of a position of Assistant Mayor, October 14, 1969

Item 20 – Letter from Whitley to T. A. Hamby the office of Coroner, October 14, 1969

Item 21 – Letter from W. J. Wright to Albert Thompson confirming Thompson's appointment to the Charter Commission.  Wright goes on to say, "The Commissioners regret that no members of your race were originally appointed to serve on this Commission and hope that this delayed action may, to some degree, compensate for the oversight." October 15, 1969

Item 22 – Letter from J. R. Allen to City Commissioners, October 16, 1969

     Allen's letter is in regards to a letter (attached) he had received from Dr. O. Bruce Newsome, Chairman of the Columbus Racial Relations Advisory Committee concerning equal employment opportunities.

Item 23 – Letter from Whitley to Walter J. Wright, concerning the payment of six dollars each to two Hardaway High School students for their help with the Public Hearing, October 16, 1969

Item 24 – Letter from Wright to M.F. Jackson, Jr. appointing him to serve as an advisory member of the Muscogee Co. Charter Commission, October 16, 1969

Item 25 – Letter from Rupert A. Triplitt to Robert Hydrick, concerning the Muscogee County Airport Commission, October 17, 1969

Item 26 – Letter from Robert H. Hall, presiding judge of the Court of Appeals of Georgia to A .J. Land with an attached article Courts, Probation, Pardon, Parole and Corrections, October 20, 1969

Item 27 – Letter from Martelle Layfield to C.A. Carmack, October 21, 1969

Item 28 – Letter from Whitley to Robert L. Wright, Jr about his appointment by the City Commission as a member, October 21, 1969

Item 29 – Letter from Robert J. Castellani, Assistant Attorney General, to Lennie E. Davis of the Georgia Department of Law, October 23, 1969

Item 30 – Draft outline for the Charter of Consolidated Government, October 23, 1969

Item 31 – Notice of the cancellation of the meeting scheduled for October 23, and announcing the upcoming meetings of November 13 and 20, October 23 (?), 1969

     Attached to this note is an attendance sheet for past meetings.

Item 32 – Letter from Whitley to W. B. Turner, October 24, 1969

Item 33 – Letter from Whitley to B.D. Hydrick, October 24, 1969

Item 34 -- Letter from W. E. Harrell to Jim Woodruff, October 24, 1969

Item 35 – Letter from Whitley to James Burgess about an attorney general's opinion, October 24, 1969

Item 36 – Note in Whitley's hand regarding a meeting with W. B. Turner about committee organization, October 24, 1969

Item 37 -- A Columbus City Council resolution # 216-69, appointing Dr. Robert L. Wright to the Charter Commission, October 24 ?, 1969

Item 38 – Letter from Whitley to Gordon H. Kitchen concerning Kitchen's appointment to the Commission, October 27, 1969

Item 39 – October 27, 1969 – Letter from Whitley to James V. Burgess concerning the proposed draft outline of the consolidated government, October 27, 1969

Item 40 – Letter from Whitley to Miss Mary Fort concerning the draft outline, October 27, 1969

Item 41 – Letter from Martelle Layfield to Thomas Whitley, Nolan Murrah, Ellis Swint, and James V. Burgess regarding committee organization, October 27, 1969

Item 42 – Letter from Whitley to James V. Burgess concerning upcoming meetings, October 28, 1969

Item 43 – Letter from Whitley to Frank C. Land, October 28, 1969

Item 44 – Memorandum from James V. Burgess, Jr. to members of the Muscogee Co. Charter Commission with a draft outline for the Charter of the consolidated government attached, October 28, 1969

Item 45 – Letter from Whitley to Robert L. Wright regarding Wright's appointment to the Commission, October 29, 1969

Item 46 – Letter from Maynard R. Ashworth, President and Publisher of the Ledger-Enquirer to Martelle Layfield regarding the presentation of the draft charter plan to the Rotary Club, October 30, 1969

Item 47 – Letter from Whitley to John Burns about a presentation to the Sertoma Club, October 30, 1969

Item 48 – Letter from Whitley to Mrs. Jerry E. Dockery concerning the support of the Quota Club for the proposed consolidation, October 30, 1969

Item 49 -- Memorandum from William B. Turner concerning a meeting to be held on November 12, October 30, 1969

Item 50 – Memorandum from E. James Sayer to Muscogee Co. Charter Commission concerning the organization of the Public Works Department, October 31, 1969

Item 51 – October 31, 1969 – Invoice for secretarial services provided by Pauline C. Banks, October 31, 1969

Item 52 -- Memorandum form Jim Burgess to the Charter Commission concerning changes in the consolidated government since the printing of the first draft, nd but probably October, 1969

Folder 7 – Muscogee County Charter Commission File, November, 1969

Item 1 – Letter from Thomas Whitley to T.E. Miller acknowledging and thanking him for his attached letter of October 30th, November 3, 1969

Item 2 – Letter from B.D. Hydrick to Rupert A. Triplitt, November 4, 1969

Item 3 – Letter from Whitley to W.J. Wright concerning the city and county pension plans. Attached are copies of the April 1967 city pension plan and the 1945 County pension plan, November 6, 1969

Item 4 – Notice of meeting for Charter Commission on November 13, November 11, 1969

Item 5 – Columbus-Muscogee County Charter Commission – Minutes – November 13, 1969

Item 6 – Letter from Dr. Whitley to Gordon H. Kitchen, November 14, 1969

Item 6 – Letter from Joe Windsor to Dr. Whitley, November 14, 1969

Item 7 – Letter from Whitley to Mayor J. R. Allen concerning the completion and finalization of the new Charter, November 14, 1969

Item 8 – Memorandum for Whitley to the Committee Chairman of the Muscogee County Charter Commission concerning the assignment of advisory committee members, November 14, 1969

Item 9 – Letter from Nolan Murrah to Whitley concerning items to be placed on the agenda of the Charter Commission, November 18, 1969

Item 10 -- Letters from Lemuel Miller, City Clerk and W.J. Wright, County Administrator notifying Whitley of 90 day extension.  Attached is a newspaper clipping from the Columbus Ledger entitled Charter Unit to Seek 90-Day Deadline Extension, November 19, 1969

Item 11 – Letter from Whitley to Charles N. Rector, November 19, 1969

Item 11 – Letter from A .J. Land to J. Norman Pease outlining proposals made in regards to the Court System, November 19, 1969

Item 12 – Letters from Ellis Swint to George Dorman and Steve Knight, November 20, 1969

Item 13 – Columbus-Muscogee County Charter Commission – Minutes, November 20, 1969

Item 14 – Draft Proposed Charter of the Consolidated Government, Columbus, GA. By the Muscogee County Charter Commission, November 20, 1969

Item 15 – Letter from J. Gordon Young to Judge A. J. Land, November 21, 1969

Item 16 – Letter from James V. Burgess to Charles M. Everett, County Attorney, November 24, 1969

Item 16 – Letter from James Burgess to Lennie F. Davis, City Attorney, November 24, 1969

Item 17 – Letter from James V. Burgess, Jr. to Mr. W.B. Turner concerning Article III of the proposed consolidated government Charter entitled "Legislative Branch".  Attached is a copy of Article III, November 24, 1969

Item 18 – Letter from Charles M. Evert to James Burgess concerning the court structure under the new consolidated government, November 28, 1969

Item 19 – Letter from James Burgess to W.B. Turner, with Article IV attached, November 28, 1969

Item 20 -- Statement of the Muscogee Co. Charter Commission's budget allocation and expenses to date, November 30, 1969 Item 21 – Invoice for professional services provided by James Burgess for the month of November, 1969

Folder 8 – Muscogee County Charter Commission File, December, 1969

Item 1 – Letter from Albert W. Stubbs to Nolan Murrah, Jr. concerning the electoral procedures for the consolidated government, December 3, 1969

Item 2 – Letter from Steve Knight, County Commissioner to the Charter Commission regarding the number of members on the board of the proposed consolidated government, December 3, 1969

Item 3 – Letter from Thomas Whitley to Paul J. Bradley, attached is a letter from Paul J. Bradley to the Charter Commission (dated November 21) concerning the proposed eight member council plan, December 4, 1969

Item 4 – Columbus-Muscogee County Charter Commission – Minutes, December 4, 1969

Item 5 – Proposals and recommendations made to the Charter Commission by George L. Dorman, Mayor Pro-Tem, December 4, 1969

Item 6 – Draft copy of Article VI of the proposed consolidated government Charter entitled "Judicial Branch", December 5, 1969

Item 7 – Letter from James Burgess to Whitley concerning one of the basic legal issues that might arise with respect to the adoption of the proposed new government charter, December 5, 1969

Item 8 – Memorandum from Jim Burgess to Muscogee Co. Charter Commission concerning amending the Charter, December 8, 1969

Item 9 – Letter from J. Norman Pease, President of the Lawyers Club to Dr. Whitley, December 8, 1969

Item 10 – Letter from Jim Burgess to the Charter Commission concerning the employee pension plan, December 9, 1969

Item 11 – Letter from Howell Hollis to Whitley concerning the possible employment by the Consolidation Commission of Ellis Swint and himself, December 10, 1969

Item 12 – Copy of speech made by Rembert Houser to the Muscogee Co. Charter Commission, December 11, 1969

Item 13 – Memorandum from John P. Illges, III to Columbus-Muscogee County Consolidation Charter Commission consisting of suggestions for the Safety Board, December 11, 1969

Item 14 – Columbus-Muscogee County Charter Commission – Minutes, December 11, 1969

Item 15 – Letter from John H. Wynn to Whitley about having a closed meeting of Commission, December 12, 1969

Item 16 – Letter from James Burgess to Charles M. Evert, December 12, 1969

Item 17 – Letter from James Burgess to Mr. Bruce M. Land, December 12, 1969

Item 18 – Letter from Whitley to Charter Commission announcing the closed meeting on December 18th, December 15, 1969

Item 19 – Letter from Whitley to Albert Thompson of the closed meeting December 18th, December 15, 1969

Item 20 – Letter to Bruce Land from James Burgess, attaching a draft of an allocation of city and county debt, December 15, 1969

Item 21 – Memorandum from Jim Burgess to the Muscogee County Charter Commission about comparative election data, December 15, 1969

Item 22 – Memorandum from Jim Burgess to the Muscogee County Charter Commission about the initial Council and Mayor for the newly consolidated government, December 18, 1969

Item 23 – Memorandum from Jim Burgess to the Charter Commission about the status of Fort Benning, December 18, 1969

Item 24 – Columbus-Muscogee County Charter Commission – Minutes, December 18, 1969

Item 25 – Letter from Charles M. Evert to James Burgess in reference to Burgess's proposed draft for amending the charter of consolidated government, December 18, 1969

Item 26 – Letter from Whitley to all news media announcing the second Public Hearing, December 22, 1969

Item 27 – Letter from I. G. Reeves to Whitley concerning the office of tax collector, December 22, 1969

Item 28 – December 22, 1969 – Letter from Charles M. Evert to the legal Publication Department of the Columbus Ledger asking them to publish the attached notice of a Public Hearing, December 22, 1969

Item 29 – Letter from James Burgess to Charles M. Evert, December 23, 1969

Folder 9 – Muscogee County Charter Commission File, Newspaper Clippings, 1970

Folder 10 – Muscogee County Charter Commission File, January, 1970

Item 1 – Invoice from James Burgess for professional services rendered for the month of December, January 2, 1970

Item 2 – Memorandum to the news media for Ellis Swint, attaching a draft of the news release and a diagram of the proposed organization for the consolidated government, January 2, 1970

Item 3 -- Item 7 – Columbus-Muscogee County Charter Commission – Minutes, January 6, 1970

Item 4 – Letter from Robert Castellani, Assistant Attorney General to Lennie Davis, Esq. requesting an unofficial opinion on the proposed charter of the Muscogee County Charter Commission, January 8, 1970

Item 5 – Hand out given to individuals who attended the second hearing at Jordan High School, January 8, 1970

Item 6 -- Letter from Whitley to Mr. E. Dewey Renfroe regarding the location of the public meeting, January 8, 1970

Item 7 – Program for the second Public Hearing, January 8, 1970

Item 8 – Preliminary remarks at the Muscogee Co. Charter Commission Public Hearing, January 8, 1970

Item 9 – Remarks, suggestions, and questions asked at the Public Hearing by concerned residents, January 8, 1970

Item 10 – Letter from Whitley to B.D. Hydrick congratulating him for being selected a finalist in the Outstanding Young Man of the Year, January 9, 1970

Item 11 – Letter from Whitley to Nolan Murrah congratulating him for being honored as the Outstanding Young Man of the Year, January 9, 1970

Item 12 – Letter from Whitley to Miss Laurie Jones, January 12, 1970

Item 13 – Letter from Whitley to George A. Gingell, attached is a letter from Susan W. Thoresen to Jack Gibney of WRBL Radio News, January 12, 1970

Item 14 – Letter from Whitley to J. Hoyt Adams, January 12, 1970, January 12, 1970

Item 15 – Memorandum from Whitley to W. B. Turner and B. D. Hydrick concerning elected officials, January 12, 1970

Item 16 – Letter from James Burgess to Bill Turner concerning the creation of a Department of Environmental Improvement, with an attached list of the new department's functions, January 12, 1970

Item 17 – Letter from Nolan Murrah to Whitley concerning voting districts January 12, 1970

Item 18 – Announcement of a meeting of the Charter Commission on January 15th, January 12, 1970

Item 19 – Letter from J. Gordon Young to Whitley, January 12, 1070

Attached is a letter of January 10th written by Albert Thompson, State Representative to Arthur Bolton, Attorney General, concerning whether or not all of the incumbents elected Commissioners may be retained in the new consolidated government during the transitional period and to the end of their respective terms.

Item 20 -- Letter to James V. Burgess from Martelle Layfield, Jr. concerning progress on the charter draft, January 13, 1970

Item 21 – Letter from James Burgess to Bob Gerber, January 14, 1970

Item 22 – Letter from Whitley to F.J. Spencer, Jr., replying to an attached note from the Spencers endorsing a strong Department of Ecology which also enclosed a clipping from the January Bulletin of the Chattahoochee Valley Natural History Club, January 14, 1970

Item 23 – Letter from Whitley to Dr. H. J. Peters, attached to a letter Peters wrote to Whitley concerning community health planning, January 14, 1970

Item 24 – Columbus-Muscogee County Charter Commission – Minutes, January 15, 1970

Item 25 – Letter from Whitley to Mayor J.R. Allen about a meeting with the mayor and City Council concerning the draft consolidation document, January 16, 1970

Item 26 – Letter from Whitley to Dixon Wadsworth a meeting with the County Commissioners concerning the draft consolidation document January 16, 1970

Item 27 – Letter from Whitley to Andrew B. Speed a meeting with the Chamber of Commerce concerning the draft consolidation document, January 16, 1970

Item 28 – Letter from James Burgess to Lennie Davis, Columbus City Attorney, concerning the draft consolidation document, January 19, 1970

Item 29 – Letter to James Burgess from Whitley, attaching a letter Whitley received from the Citizens Charter Study Committee, Shreveport, LA, January 19, 1970

Item 30 – Notice that a meeting of the Charter Commission will be held on January 22nd, January 20, 1970

Item 31 – Memorandum from Jim V. Burgess to the Charter Commission concerning draft inserts for the proposed Consolidated Government Charter, January 20, 1970

Item 32 – Letter from James Burgess to Harvey Findley, January 21, 1970

Item 33 – Letter from James Burgess to Hughes Spalding, January 21, 1970

Item 34 – Letter from Andrew B. Speed, vice president of Georgia Power Company, to Thomas Whitley, January 22, 1970

Item 35 – Columbus-Muscogee County Charter Commission – Minutes, January 22, 1970

Item 36 – Letter from Whitley to Charles M. Evert. Attached are duplicate letters addressed to Lennie Davis, a letter from Charles Evert to Whitley (dated January 22), and a letter from Whitley to Charles Evert (dated January 20).  This correspondence is the result of Whitley's error to inform Evert and Davis of the Location of the meeting of the Charter Commission on February 5, 1970, January 26, 1970

Item 37 – Letter from Whitley to W. J. Wright, Jr., attached is a letter from Wright to Mrs. Patsy Phillips requesting that a copy of the attendance record of the Charter Commission be sent to his office.  Also attached is a copy of the resolution which states that the secretary (Patsy Phillips) or anybody appointed by the Board of Commissioners are requested to furnish the County Administrator with the attendance record, January 26, 1970

Item 38 – Three page letter from Arthur K. Bolton, Attorney General to Albert W. Thompson concerning the election of the first members of the governing authority of the county-wide government. His unofficial opinion is that there would have to be a special election to elect new commissioners. Attached is an envelope that said letter was mailed in (marked "special delivery") and copy of letter, January 26, 1970

Item 39 – Memorandum from Whitley to Muscogee County Charter Commission concerning the meeting of the commission on January 29th with a proposed agenda attached, January 26, 1970

Item 40 – Notice of a Charter meeting on January 29th, January 26, 1970

Item 40 – Columbus-Muscogee County Charter Commission – Minutes, January 29, 1970

Item 41 – Letter from Whitley to Georgia Jaycees concerning the nomination of Nolan Murrah, Jr. as one of the five Outstanding Young Men in Georgia, January 28, 1970

Item 42 – Letter from Martelle Layfield, Jr. to Bill Turner, Nolan Murrah, Ellis Swint, and Thomas Whitley reminding them of the Columbus Lawyers Club meeting February 5th,, January 28, 1970

Item 43 – Letter (in triplicate) from Dr. A .B. Conger informing Whitley that the Muscogee Co. Medical Society recommends that the Charter Commission establish a Medical Examiner System, January 28, 1970

Item 44 – Letter from Martelle Layfield to James Burgess concerning the Hospital Authority Act, January 30, 1970

Item 44 –Invoice from James Burgess to Whitley for supplies, January 30, 1970

Folder 11 – Muscogee County Charter Commission File, February, 1970

Item 1 – Letter from Charles Evert to James Burgess concerning office of tax commissioner, with letter from Burgess to Everett (sic) dated the 19th of January, February 2, 1970

Item 2 – Letter from Whitley to H. J. Peters, with letter from Peters to Whitley date 31st of January 31 concerning the proposed Medical Examiner System, February 3, 1970

Item 3 – Letter from Martelle Layfield to Whitley, Ellis Swint, Bob Hydrick, Gordon Young, and Billy Young III concerning the agenda of a meeting on February 5th of the Columbus Lawyers Club, February 3, 1970

Item 4 – Columbus-Muscogee County Charter Commission – Minutes, February 5, 1970

Item 5 – Letter from Whitley to Dr. Joe M. Webber, with a letter from Webber to Whitley dated February 3rd concerning the Medical Examiner System, February 4, 1970

Item 6 – Letter from Whitley to Judge John J. Nilan regarding the proposed expanded Records Court Jurisdiction, Nilan's letter dated February 6th to Whitley, February 9, 1970

Item 7 – Letter from Whitley to Judge John J. Nilan regarding specific advice and guidance, February 9, 1970

Item 8 – Letter from Whitley to Hugh E. Camp (Mrs.) concerning Mrs. Camp's husband's retirement, February 9, 1970

Item 9 -- Letter from Martelle Layfield to James Burgess concerning changing the section of the Muscogee County School Board Act dealing with geographical resident requirements of the Board members, February 9, 1970

Item 10 – Letter from Young and Dicus regarding legal procedures to the special Muscogee Co. Charter Commission on Courts, February, 9, 1970

Item 11 – Letter from W.M. Page to J. Gordon Young regarding legal procedures, February 10, 1970

Item 12 – Letter from Whitley to James Burgess and Nolan Murrah concerning county-city representation on the school board and definition of voting districts.  Attached are notes made by Whitley on a telephone conversation with Mrs. Dorothy E. Mead, attorney for the Civil Right Division, letter from Burgess to Whitley, and copy of the application by the Muscogee Co. Charter Commission to the Attorney General of the U.S.A. for approval of election provisions in proposed Charter, February 11, 1970

Item 13 – Letter from Martelle Layfield to Neal B. Littlejohn concerning the recorders court. Attached is a letter from Littlejohn to Whitley concerning the proposed expansion of recorders court authority, February 12, 1970

Item 14 -- Memorandum from Dr. Thomas Whitley to the Charter Commission concerning the agenda for the February 12 meeting. The agenda is attached, February 12, 1970

Item 15 – Columbus-Muscogee County Charter Commission – Minutes, February 12, 1970

Item 16 – Letter from Whitley to Neal B. Littlejohn, February 13, 1970

Item 17 -- Letter from Whitley to Charles Evert, with attached letter dated February 11th, to Whitley from Evert concerning the Columbus-Muscogee Co. Building Commission, February 13, 1970

Item 18 – Letter from Whitley to Nolan Murrah, February 13, 1970

Item 19 – Letter from Whitley to B.D. Hydrick, February 13, 1970

Item 20 – Letter from James Burgess to F.L. Champion, Jr, thanking him for reviewing the draft charter, February 16, 1970

Item 21 – Letter from James Burgess to Jack Ray asking that Ray review and comment on the draft provision on state governments of the consolidated government Charter for Columbus, February 16, 1970

Item 22 – Letter concerning the draft charter from Jack Ray, State Treasurer to Arthur K. Bolton, Attorney General, February 17, 1970

Item 23 – Announcement of the February 19th Charter Commission meeting, February 17, 1970

Item 24 – Columbus-Muscogee County Charter Commission – Minutes, February 19, 1970

Item 25 – Letter from Alvin L. McLendon, Jr to Carlton M. Johnson, editor of the Columbus Ledger concerning the Department of Environmental Improvement, February 19, 1970

Item 26 – Letter from Whitley to James Burgess concerning defining tax districts on the basis of services rendered, February 23, 1970

Item 27 – Columbus-Muscogee County Charter Commission – Minutes, February 23, 1970

Item 28 -- Memorandum from Jim Burgess to the Charter Commission concerning charter revisions and agenda for the February 26th meeting, February 23, 1970

Item 29 – Letter from Whitley to the charter Commission announcing the next Charter Commission meeting for February 26th.  Attached is a handout about the training and certification of assessors, an attendance report, and minutes of the February 19th Charter Commission meeting, February 24, 1970

Item 30 – Letter from Whitley to all elected officials of the city of Columbus and Muscogee Co. inviting them to come to a Charter Commission meeting to express concerns, recommendations, etc..., attached is list of officials notified, February 24, 1970

Item 31 – Letter from B. D. Hydrick to B. Dayton Preston of the Columbus Real Estate Board, Inc. Attached is B. Dayton Preston's letter of February 15th to B. D. Hydrick concerning the Columbus Real Estate Board's opinion concerning the Function of tax assessing in the new government, February 25, 1970

Item 32 – Letter from Martelle Layfield to Whitley concerning the Sheriff's department and the procedures for elected officials to use in presenting and securing the necessary budgets for the operation of their department, February 25, 1970

Item 33 – Letter from James Burgess to Mrs. Dorothy E. Mead where he encloses a draft legal description on Council Districts for the consolidated government (draft is not attached), February 25, 1970

Item 34 – Letter from Whitley to Wm. B. Turner replying to Turner's letter of the 24th (attached) concerning the election of the first council, February 25, 1970

Item 35 – Letter from B. D. Hydrick to Mrs. Steve Knight concerning Environmental Improvement. Attached is copy of letter that Mrs. Steve Knight wrote to Hydrick on February 15th, February 26, 1970

Item 36 – Notes of Judge Oscar D. Smith concerning the consolidated government, February 26, 1970

Item 37 – Columbus-Muscogee County Charter Commission – Minutes, February 26, 1970

Item 38 – Notice of next Charter Commission meeting for March 2nd, February 27, 1970

Item 39 – Letter from Whitley to Rex A. Baggett concerning explaining the proposed Charter to the public, February 27, 1970

Item 40 – The personal opinion of Judge Oscar Smith in regards to the proposed Charter, February 27, 1970

Item 41 – February 27, 1970 – Letter from Whitley to Judge Oscar Smith, February 27, 1970

Item 42 – Letter from Whitley to Forest, L. Champion, Jr., February 27, 1970

Folder 12 – Muscogee County Charter Commission File, March 1-11, 1970

Item 1 – Columbus-Muscogee County Charter Commission – Minutes, March 2, 1970

Item 2 – Columbus City Council – Minutes, March 2, 1970

Item 3 -- Announcement of Charter meeting on March 5th, March 3, 1970

Item 4 – Letter from Patsy Phillips, secretary of the Muscogee County Charter Commission to Sheriff Jack T. Rutledge, March 3, 1970

Item 5 – Columbus Enquirer article entitled Clouding the Issue, March 4, 1970

Item 6 – Columbus-Muscogee County Charter Commission – Minutes, March 5, 1970

Item 7 – Columbus-Muscogee County Charter Commission Public Hearing – Minutes, March 5, 1970

Item 8 – "Personal Opinion the Editorial Voice of WRBL, TV 3" entitled "The New Charter", March 6, 1970

Item 9 – Letter from James D. Reese to Dr. Whitley confirming the invitation to speak at the Columbus Ministerial Alliance, March 6, 1970

Item 10 – Letter from J. Norman Pease to Dr. Whitley attaching a March 4th letter from Pease to A.J. Land, Champion, Jr., Howell Hollis, I. Walter Owens, and W. Marion Page; and a letter of March 5th from A.J. Land to J. Norman (Bunky) Pease, all concerning the Columbus Lawyers Club Committee which was to review the proposed Charter, March 7, 1970

Item 11 – Notice of the Charter Commission's next meeting on March 13th, March 9, 1970

Item 12 – Letter (plus duplicate) from Whitley to Mayor J.R. Allen replying to his letter of the 5th (attached) concerning scheduling a committee of the Charter Commission to meet with city and county employees, March 9, 1970

Item 13 -- Letter from Whitley to Walter J. Wright in regards to paying two Jordan High School students for the time they spent operating the public address system during the Public Hearing, March 11, 1970

Item 14 – Notice of Charter meeting for March 13th, March 10, 1970

Folder 13 – Muscogee County Charter Commission File, March 12, 197o

This folder contains the complete Review Draft of the Proposed Charter of the Consolidated Government of Columbus, Georgia, Prepared and Published by the Muscogee Charter Commission, Columbus, Georgia, March 12, 1970

Folder 14 – Muscogee County Charter Commission File, March 12-25, 1970

Item 1 – Columbus-Muscogee County Charter Commission – Minutes, March 12, 1970

Item 2 – Letter from Charles E. Crowder to members of the Consolidation Steering Committee notifying them of their next meeting scheduled March 19, with an attached list of members' names, addresses and telephone numbers, March 13, 1970

Item 3 – Statement from Robert E. Gerber to Dr. Whitley itemizing the cost to print 100 copies of the Charter, March 16, 1970

Item 4 – Letter from Whitley to Mr. C.E. Walker, with a letter attached from Walter to Whitley dated March 12th concerning the election of members to the Board of Education by the Charter Commission, and also a letter of March 13th from Martelle Layfield to C.E. Walker concerning the same subject, March 16, 1970

Item 5 – Note to library to place the review draft of the consolidated government on reserve so that it will be available for citizens, March 17, 1970

Item 6 – Letter from Whitley to John R. Banister, Director of Libraries, Bradley Memorial Library, requesting that Banister make copies of the proposed charter available to the public, March 17, 1970

Item 7 – Letter from Whitley to Wm. Henry Shaw, Superintendent of Education, March 17, 1970

Item 8 – Letter from Wm. Henry Shaw to Dr. Whitley, March 18, 1970

Item 9 – Whitley's handwritten notes on the Public Hearing conducted at Columbus High School, March 19, 1970

Item 10 – Columbus-Muscogee County Charter Commission Steering Committee – Minutes, March 19, 1970

Item 11 – Columbus-Muscogee County Charter Commission – Minutes (with lists of current Board and Committee members attached, March 19, 1970

Item 12 – Letter from Charles Evert, County Attorney, to James Burgess, with a letter attached from Evert to the Board of Commissioners of Muscogee County concerning his review of the latest draft of the proposed charter and comments on changes that have been made, March 23, 1970

Item 13 – Columbus-Muscogee County Charter Commission – Minutes (with budget issues attached), March 24, 1970

Item 14 – Letter from James Burgess to Mrs. Dorothy Mead concerning the legal description covering the four council districts proposed for the consolidated government. Attached is a letter to Whitley (plus duplicate) from Jerris Leonard, Assistant Attorney General dated March 30th concerning the proposed charter with regard to the Civil Rights Act of 1965. Also attached is a letter from Hughes Spalding to Whitley (dated April 2nd, 1970) and another from James Burgess to Hughes Spalding (dated march 31st, 1970), March 25, 1970

Item 15 – Letter from W. J. Wright, Jr. to Mayor J. R. Allen concerning the Charter Commission budget, March 25, 1970

Folder 15 – Proposed Charter of the Consolidated Government, Columbus, Georgia, version of March 25, 1970

Folder 16 – Muscogee County Charter Commission File, March 26-31, 1970

Item 1 – Letter from Whitley to Wm. Allen Harmon concerning the Charter.  Attached is a handwritten letter dated March 1st, 1970 from Harmon to the Charter Commission, March 26, 1970

Item 2 – Letter from Whitley to Carlton M. Johnson, Executive Editor of the Columbus Enquirer, March 27, 1970

Item 3 – Letter from Whitley to Forrest L. Champion, Jr., replying to an attached letter dated March 23rd from Forrest Champion, Howell Hollis, J. Walter Owens, W. Marion Page, and Roscoe M. Thompson to Whitley concerning their review of the proposed Charter, March 30, 1970

Item 4 – Letter from John Wynn to James Burgess, March 31 1970

Item 5 – Handwritten letter from Gordon H. Kitchen to Dr. Whitley, March 31, 1970

Folder 17 – Proposed Charter of the Consolidated Government, Columbus, Georgia – Certified version, March 30, 1970

     This folder contains the final version of the charter as presented to the city and county governments.

Folder 18 – Muscogee County Charter Commission File, April, 1970

Item 1 – Congratulatory note from the officers of the First National Bank to Dr. Whitely with an attached newspaper photo of Ordinary Suggs and Dr. Whitley leafing through proposed Charter, April 1, 1970

Item 2 – Letter from Whitley to W.J. Wright requesting payment for the attached invoice from James Burgess, April 1, 1970

Item 3 – List of questions concerning the proposed Charter, April 1, 1970

Item 4 – A bill from Mrs. Pauline C. Banks to the charter Commission for secretarial services rendered from February 1 through April 1, 1970.  Attached is similar bill covering the period from November 1, 1969 through January 30, 1970, April 1, 1970

Item 5 – April 1, 1970 – Letter from James Burgess to Whitley concerning an attached letter dated March 30th from Arthur Bolton, Attorney General to Jack B. Ray, State Treasurer, with Bolton's opinion on the distribution of state grants to municipalities and counties as related to a single county-wide government, April 1, 1970

Item 6 – Congratulatory letter from John Wynn to Whitley, April 1, 1970

Item 7 – Congratulatory letter from Ted Short to Dr. Whitley, April 2, 1970

Item 8 – Letter from Hughes Spalding to Whitley concerning the debt provisions of the proposed Charter, April 2, 1970

Item 9 – Letter from Whitley to James Burgess, April 3, 1970

Item 10 – Letter from Whitley to Charles L. Skipworth, April 3, 1970

Item 11 – Letter from Whitley to George Ford, April 3, 1970

Item 12 – Minutes from the Charter Steering Committee Meeting – Minutes, April 3, 1970

Item 13 – Memorandum from James Burgess to Charter Commission concerning the synopsis of the proposed Charter, with a synopsis of the proposed Charter, April 6, 1970

Item 14 – Memorandum from Jim Burgess to the Muscogee County Charter Commission with a attached Synopsis of the Proposed Charter, April 6, 1970

Item 15 – Memorandum from Whitley to Charter Commission concerning the final copy of the proposed Charter, April 6, 1970

Item 16 – Statement from Robert Gerber to Whitley for the printing of 100 copies of Charter, April 7, 1970

Item 17 – April 9, 1970 – Reply from Whitley to Wm. S. Thorne's letter of the 6th, which itself included an April 2nd letter from Mr. Carroll Ward of WTVM seeking information on the number of elected officials, their salaries, etc., April 9, 1970

Item 18 – April 10, 1970 – Reply from Whitley to Mrs. Louise Compo in response to an April 2nd letter (attached) she wrote concerning the hours and pay of firemen under the consolidated government. Mrs. Compo's original letter is attached to Whitley's response

Item 19 – Letter from Whitley to Constance Johnson from The Ledger, forwarding her a copy of the revised synopsis of the proposed Charter

Item 20 – Letter from Frank W. Thompson to the Charter Steering Committee announcing a meeting scheduled for April 14th, April10, 1970

Item 21 – Generic letter from Frank Thompson and Thomas Whitley offering to be available for presenting the Charter to meetings of interest organizations, April 10 (?), 1970

Item 22 – Letter from James Burgess to John H. Wynn, April 10, 1970

Item 23 – Reply from Whitley to Rev. Sidney L. Waterhouse to his letter of the 15th, concerning a meeting of the Columbus Ministerial Alliance about the governmental consolidation.  Also included is a list of members of the Alliance, and the minutes of their meeting on March 18th, April 17, 1970

Item 24 – Letter from Whitley to James Burgess, attaching a letter from Sidney Waterhouse to Frank Thompson in support of the Charter, April 17, 1970

Item 25 – Letter from Martelle Layfield to Frank Thompson, April 22, 1970

Item 26 – Letter from Whitley to Frank Thompson, attaching a revised draft of "The Consolidated Gov't, What's It All About", April 22, 1970

Item 27 – Letter from Frank Thompson to Charter Steering Committee notifying members of next scheduled meeting on April 23rd, 1970, with a letter attached from Frank Thompson to Mr. R.H. Patterson in which Thompson has asked Patterson to speak to a club (no specified), April 22, 1970

Item 28 – Letter from Mayor J. R. Allen to Dr. Thomas Whitley, thanking him for his contribution "to the future of our City and County", April 23, 1970

Item 29 – Minutes of the Charter Steering Committee Meeting – Minutes, April 23, 1970

Item 30 – Letter from W. J. Wright, Jr. to John Cornett of the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer requesting that $ 50.00 worth of Sunday issue containing the Charter Commission supplement be sent to the County Clerk's Office, April 24, 1970

Item 31 – Letter from W.J. Wright to Whitley with Xerox copy of a resolution attached to it thanking the Charter Commissioners for their work, April 29, 1970

Folder 19 – Muscogee County Charter Commission File, May, 1970

Item 1 – Pamphlet entitled What is Consolidation: Well, Let's Talk About it! which supports and promotes consolidation, May 1970

Item 2 – Memorandum announcing May 7th meeting of the Charter Steering Commission, May 1, 1970

Item 3 – Letter from Whitley to E.A. Freeman, Vice President of the Citizens and Southern Bank of Albany, with letters between E.A. Freeman and Joe Windsor, Vice President and General Manager of WTVM, and Whitley and Joe Windsor, May 5, 1970

Item 4 – Handwritten letter to Whitley from Evelyn O. Rowe of Talbotton, Georgia, thanking him for his many kindnesses to her during her college career, May 6, 1970

Item 5 – Letter from J. R. Allen to Dale Joiner concerning the protection of the Chattahoochee preserve park areas, with an April 28th letter to Allen from the ECOS c/o Biology Department, Columbus College and a copy of the responsibilities of the Environmental Improvement Division, May 7, 1970

Item 6 – Letter from Norman Bishop to members of the Chamber of Commerce concerning the special referendum on consolidation, with a copy of the pamphlet entitled What is Consolidation: Well, Let's Talk About it!, May 8, 1970

Item 7 – Letter from Whitley replying to a request of May 6th from Dianne Nelson, a student at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College for information about the problems and advantages of changing from a two year College to a four year College to be used in a class presentation, May 11, 1970

Item 8 – Letter from Whitley to Mrs. Evelyn O. Rowe of Talbotton, May 12, 1970

Item 9 – Photocopy of an article from The Columbus Ledger entitled Secrecy Not Necessary Part of Consolidated Government, May 13, 1970

Item 10 – Photocopy of article entitled Let's Clear the Record from The Columbus Enquirer, May 13, 1970

Item 11 – Letter from Whitley to the 76 members of the Ministerial Alliance thanking their organization for endorsing the proposed Charter, May 15, 1970

Item 12 – Memo to Media Representatives from Bethell Edrington, Jr about the weekly Kiwanis Club meeting where the proposed charter will be discussed, May 18, 1970

Item 13 – Telephone message from Forest R. Smith to Dr. Whitley about a meeting of the Civitan Club, May 19, 1970

Item 14 – Photocopy of a newspaper article entitled Three Cities Show that Consolidation Can Work, May 20(?), 1970

Item 15 – Photocopy of article entitled Near Unanimity on Merger from The Columbus Ledger, May 20, 1970

Item 16 – Letter from Whitley to Mr. T. Hiram Stanley, May 20, 1970

Item 17 – Letter from Jim Burgess to Thomas Whitley inviting him to an informal party to watch the charter referendum returns, May 22, 1970

Item 18 – Church bulletin from South Columbus United Methodist Church in which the congregation is urged to vote in the charter referendum election, May 24, 1970

Item 19 – May 28, 1970 – Photocopies of articles from The Columbus Enquirer, The Atlanta Constitution, and The Atlanta Journal after Columbus and Muscogee Co. voters voted to consolidate the county and city governments (3 copies), May 28, 1970

Item 20 – May 29, 1970 – Letter from Whitley to John Rigdon, May 29, 1970

Folder 20 – Muscogee County Charter Commission, June 1970

Item 1 – June 2, 1970 – Letter from Whitley to Mr. Harry Kruger, replying to Kruger's letter of May 28th, June 2, 1970

Item 2 – Letter from Whitley to Mr. and Mrs. Herschel Allen, replying to their letter of May 29th, June 2 1970

Item 3 – June 2, 1970 – Letter from Whitley to Martelle Layfield replying to Layfield's letter of May 28th, June 2, 1970

Item 4 – Letter from Whitley replying to Frank Thompson letter of May 29th, June 2, 1970

Item 5 – Copy of Resolution to dissolve the Charter Commission to be voted on June 6th, June 2, 1970

Item 6 – Copy of letter Dr. Whitley send to Charles S. Daley, Sally A. Quillian, John R. Kinnett, Sr. and Mrs. Frank B. (Mary) Schley, Jr, replying to their congratulations for his success in the affirmative vote on consolidation, June 2, 1970

Item 7 – Letters written by Thomas Whitley to Glenn Vaugh, Editor of The Columbus Enquirer, Carlton M. Johnson, and Constance Johnson thanking them for their support in the recent referendum, June 5, 1970

Item 8 – Letter from Whitley to Edwin J. Wilson thanking him for his support, June 5, 1970

Item 9 – Letter from Whitley to George A. Gingell of WRBL thanking him for his support, June 5, 1970

Item 10 – Letter from Whitley to Joseph V. Windsor of WTVM thank him for his support, June 5, 1970

Item 11 – Letter from Whitley to G. Gunby Jordan about a lunch of appreciation for the Commission's recording secretary, Mrs. Patsy Phillips, June 5, 1970

Item 12 – June 1970 – Chamber of Commerce newsletter titled Building Columbus with an article titled "Columbus Did It!", June 5 (?), 1970

Item 13 – Letter from Whitley to W. J. Wright replying to Wright's letter of the 4nd which also included two copies of the Resolution of dissolution of the Commission, June 8, 1970

Item 14 – Note from Charles E. Crowder of the Chamber of Commerce to Whitley forwarding an article from the June 1st Macon Mover titled attached to article entitled A Neighbor's Success, June 8, 1970

Item 15 – Newspaper article from The Sunday Ledger-Enquirer titled Fact Versus Fiction, the Truth and Annexation, June 8, 1970

Item 16 – Letter from Hunter C. Johnson, Jr of Macon to Whitley declining a meeting, June 9, 1970

Item 16 – Letter from Nolan Murrah, Jr. to Whitley, June 9, 1970

Item 17 – Letter from H. Page Williams to Whitley, June 9, 1970

Item 18 – Letter from Whitley to Harold Jambon, June 11, 1970

Item 19 – Letter from Ralph K. Britt to Dr. Whitley, attaching a certified copy of Resolution # 174-70, June 11, 1970

Item 20 – Summary of the History of Consolidation Process, June 12, 1970

Item 21 – Letter from Whitley to Mrs. Boone Akin of Auburn University replying to her letter of June 2nd asking for information about other consolidations, June 16, 1970

Item 22 – Letter from Whitley to Carl B. Cramblett of Taccoa replaying to his request of the 12th for information about the consolidation process, June 19, 1970

Item 23 – Letter from Whitley to Richard A. Martin of Jacksonville, Florida replying to his request of June 4th for information about the consolidation process, June 19, 1970

Item 24 – Letters from Whitley to Jack M. Leech, Robert F. Worden, John Hart, Joe Mahan, Jac H. Rothschild, Mrs. Herndon Ferne Jackson, Dr. W. H. Shaw, and W. C. Woodall thanking them for sending copies of the June 19th editorial in the Columbus Enquirer, June 24, 1970

Item 25 – Letter from Huey B. Long to Charles Crowder about the consolidation, June 26, 1970

Item 26 – Letter from Whitley to Theo J. McGee, replying to McGee's congratulatory letter of the 26th, June 29, 1979

Item 27 – Letter from Whitley to Miss Judith A. Mills, in reply to a June 25th letter from Robert Gerber to Whitley that forwarded a letter of June 17th from Judith A. Mills concerning an article on the consolidation to for the publication of the Valley Council of Local Governments, June 29, 1970

Item 28 – Letter from Whitley to John Wynn, replying to Wynn's letter of June 22nd, June 29, 1970

Item 29 – Letter from Whitley to Eleanor Whitelaw of WRBL, June 29, 1970

Item 30 – June 30, 1970 – Letter from Carl B. Cramblett of Taccoa to Whitley, thanking him for the information Whitley had sent him on consolidation, June 30, 1970

Folder 21 – Muscogee County Charter Commission File, July-October, 1970

Item 1 – Letter from Whitely to W. J. Wright, Jr. accepting an invitation to be a panelist at the annual Better Informed Public Officials (BIPO) Conference in Atlanta to be held October 14, 15, July 6, 1970

Item 2 – Letter from Whitley to David Rothschild II replying to his note of July 7th congratulating Whitley on the consolidation, July 8, 1970

Item 3 – Letter from W. J. Wright to Hill R. Healan confirming the appearance of Whitley, Charles M. Evert, Mrs. Constance Johnson and himself as panelists at the October BIPO conference, July 13, 1970

Item 4 – Letter from Whitley to J. R. Allen thanking him for the framed copy of the commendation resolution of the City for his work on the Commission, July 27, 1970

Item 5 – Notes from Whitley about consolidation, July 31, 1970

Item 6 – Letter from Whitley to Hill R. Healan replying to his letter of July 30th requesting a photo for the upcoming BIPO conference, July 31, 1970

Item 7 – Letter from Omagene Hollad to Whitley regarding the upcoming BIOP conference, August 12, 1970

Item 8 – Letters from Whitley to Mrs. Iola O. Hessler of the Univeristy of Cincinnati replying to her letter of August 4th requesting information about the consolidation, August 18, 1970

Item 9 – Letter from Richard A. Martin, Public Relations Officer of the Department of Central Services, with a booklet titled Know Your Government, August 20, 1970

Item 10 – Letter from Whitley to Nolan Murrah, thanking Murrah for sending a copy of the organizational chart of Columbus Tech to w. B. Turner on the 21st, August 25, 1970

Item 11 – Press release from Charles E. Crowder of the Chamber of Commerce saying that Columbus is to be highlighted on nationwide radio with a letter of August 31st attached with prepared questions to be asked concerning the consolidation process, September 15, 1970

Item 12 – Letter from Whitley to Mr. O. Kay Armstrong, Jr, replying to requests from Armstrong dated September 8th and from Mr. Robert Gerber dated September 11th, September 16, 1970

Item 13 – Letter from Whitley to Harry C. Jackson, replying to his letter of the 4th of September, September 18, 1970

Item 14 – Letter from O. Kay Armstrong, Jr to Whitley, September 18, 1970

Item 15 – Letter from Pauline C. Banks to Mrs. Ernest Holland, September 25, 1970

Item 16 – Letter from Constance Johnson to Whitley, with two copies of her account of the consolidation process attached, October 12, 1970

Item 17 – Program for the Better Informed Public Officials (BIPO) Annual Conference, October 14/15, 1970

Item 18 – Dr. Whitley's notes for his speech at the BIPO conference, October 15, 1970

Item 19 – Article from the Marietta Daily Journal entitled It's the Talk Around Town, with an attached note, October 16, 1970

Item 20 – October 16, 1970 – Letter from Whitley to Raymond R. Carmon outlining events which led to the creation of the Muscogee Co. Charter Commission (2 copies), October 16, 1970

Item 21 – Issue of the October 19, 1970 Washington Report, with article entitled Mod Government in Columbus, GA, Means Better Service at Less Cost, Vol 9, Number 2, October 19, 1970

Item 22 – Letter from Hill R. Healan to Whitley thanking him for his participation in the BIPO conference the previous week, October 20, 1970

Folder 22 – Muscogee County Charter Commission, November – December, 1970

Item 1 – Letter from Whitley to Mr. Stanton J. Shapiro, replaying to his attached letter of October 30th, November 6, 1970

Item 2 – November 6, 1970 – Letter from Whitley to Mr. William J. Stubbs, replying to an attached of October 29th from Stubbs to Mr. George H. Brundage forwarded with a letter of November 3rd from Robert Gerber to Whitley, November 6, 1970

Item 3 – Letter from Stan Shapiro to Whitley, November 9, 1970

Item 4 – "Statement before the Senate Committee on Problems and Needs of counties and Municipal Governments" by League of Women Voters of Atlanta, Fulton Co, [November 10 (?), 1970]

Item 5 – Letter from Whitley to Dr. Virginia Meehan, replying to her attached letter of the 16th, November 18, 1970

Item 6 – Letter to Teeny Pierce Whaley from Dr. Whitley, November 23,

Item 7 – December 1, 1970 – Letter from Whitley to Wm. J. Stubbs, replying to his attached letter of November 19th, December 1, 1970

Item 8 – Letter from Whitley to Mr. Martin Miller concerning a speaking engagement Whitley made with the Valdosta Kiwanis Club, replying to attached letters from Floyd B. Moon to Whitley (dated December 2nd), a letter from S. Walker Martin to Whitley (dated November 24th), and a letter from Whitley to S. Walker Martin (dated November 23rd), December 4, 1970

Item 9 – Letter from Charles E. Crowder to M. Dale Henson concerning discussions relating to the consolidation, December 14, 1970

Item 10 – A bill merging Chattahoochee Co. with Columbus, GA (L.C. 71 5003/0), ca. December 15, 1970

Item 11 -- Proposed Organization Chart for Columbus, GA Consolidated Government, copied from the July 14 edition of the Columbus Enquirer by Columbus Area Vocational-Technical School, ca December 15, 1970

Item 12 – Columbus Enquirer article entitled Blueprint for Confusion, December 24, 1970

Item 13 – Columbus Ledger article entitled A Grave Disservice from the Columbus Ledger, December 24, 1970

Folder 23 – Muscogee County Charter Commission, 1971 – 1972

Item 1 – Five copies of "Check List for a Good Public Relations Program to Secure a New City Charter" (5 copies), January 14, 1971

Item 2 – Memo from "Frank" to Whitley, January 14, 1971

Item 3 – Outline of speech made by Whitley to the Milledgeville Jaycees, January 14, 1971

Item 4 – Letter from Whitley to Mr. J. Edward Hall, with several letters attached concerning consolidation in Milledgeville, GA, including: from J. Edward Hall to Whitley (dated January 18th), letter from Charles E. Crowder to J. Edward Hall (dated December 21st, 1970), letter from Whitley to J. Edward Hall (dated December 10th, 1970), letter from J. Edward Hall to Whitley (dated December 8th, 1970), and a letter from Whitley to Hubert Dewberry (dated November 23rd, 1970), January 19, 1970

Item 5 – Agenda of a meeting of The Links, Incorporated, with a copy of Whitley's speech, January 27, 1971

Item 6 – Letter from Whitley to Mr. Wm. E. Spangle, replying to a letter from George H. Brundage to Whitley (dated January 18th) and a letter from Wm. E. Spangle to Mr. Edward Baker (dated December 31st, 1970), February 2, 1971

Item 7 – Letter from Mrs. Faye Ledford to Dr. Whitley concerning the proper name of the consolidated entity, attaching a copy of letter from Rand McNally & Co to Charles E. Crowder (dated February 18th, 1971), and two pages of the July-October 1970 issue of Metropolitan Area Digest where there is an article entitled Columbus-Muscogee County Merge in Georgia, February 24, 1971

Item 8 – Letter from J. McDonald Wray to Whitley, February 26, 1971

Item 9 – February 26, 1971 – Letter from Broadus Willoughby to Dr. Whitley concerning the potential Americus-Sumter County consolidation, with letters attached Whitley to Robert E. Lashley (dated February 17th), a letter from Robert E. Lashley to Whitley 9 (dated February 12th), a memo from Charles Crowder to Whitley (dated February 12th), A report of the Americus-Sumter County Planning Conference, and the itinerary of the Americus-Sumter Co. Long-Range Planning Conference (dated February 24h), February 26, 1971

Item 10 – February, April 1971 – A series of letters between Dr. Thomas Whitley, Charles E. Crowder, Gene B. Clark, and John R. Bertrand concerning the "Leadership in the 70s" program conducted at Berry College in Rome, GA. Included is a program listing all seminars and a handout which lists all speakers and summarizes the theme of the program, February-April, 1971

Item 11 – April 20, 1971 – Speech given by Whitley at Berry College concerning consolidation, in addition to a summary of consolidation, April 20, 1971

Item 12 – April 21, 1971 – Letter from Whitley to Mr. Wesley Johnson concerning the Fourth Annual Community Fair, replaying to a Johnson's letter of the 19th, April 21, 1971

Item 13 – Letter from Whitley to D. Bertrand, April 21, 1971

Item 14 – Letter from Whitley to David B. McCorkle, April 21, 1971

Item 15 – Letter from Gene B. Clark to Whitley, April 23, 1971

Item 16 – Letter from John R. Bertrand to Whitley, April 24, 1971

Item 17 – Letter from Whitley to Mrs. E.W. Hubbard, replying to her undated letter, April 26, 1971

Item 18 – CC of a letter from Charles Crowder to Carl Collins, April 27, 1971

Item 19 – Letter from Whitley to James Burgess, June 28, 1971

Item 20 – Booklet titled Know Your Town, Huntsville, Alabama, published as a public service by the League of Women Voters, Huntsville, Alabama, August, 1971

Item 21 – Photocopy (bad condition) of the Georgia Department of Law's views on the consolidation of City-County Government in Columbus, GA, October 15, 1971

Item 22 –November 15, 1971 – Letter from James Burgess to Whitley, November 15, 1971

Item 23 – Urban Action Clearinghouse, Case Study Number 18, November, 1971

Item 24 – December 1971 – Letters from Whitley to members of the Muscogee Co. Legislative Delegation, December 1971

Item 25 – Letter from Arthur K. Bolton, Georgia Attorney General to Representative Earl T. Davis concerning the Municipal Home Rule Act of 1965 as an alternative method of amending the Charter of Columbus, December 8, 1971

Item 26 – Letter from James Burgess to Whitley concerning amending the Charter, attached to a December 17th letter from J. Gordon Young, a letter of December 14, 1971 from Martelle Layfield to members of the Muscogee Co. Charter Commission, and a letter from Arthur K. Bolton to Earl T. Davis, January 4, 1972

Item 27 – Letter from Whitley to Floyd Hudgins concerning amending the Charter, attached to a January 18th letter from Earl T. Davis to Whitley, a January 19th letter from H. Norwood Pearce to Whitley, a January 19th letter from Jack A. King to Whitley, and a January 17th letter from Harry C. Jackson to Whitley, January 12, 1972

Item 28 – "Local Government Study Commission", Guidelines for Sub commissions and Working Groups, with a study plan for education sub commission studies attached, April 13, 1972

Folder 24 – Muscogee County Charter Commission File – Newspaper Clippings, I, 1970

Folder 25 – Muscogee County Charter Commission File – Newspaper Clippings, II, 1970