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Jerry Pittman was sworn in to the Jennings Town Council.

JENNINGS — Jerry Pittman was appointed to fill a vacant seat on the Jennings Town Council left by Carmen Jones.

At the May 7 meeting, Linda Cromer said that she would need to withdraw her name for consideration to fill the seat.

Pittman remained the only candidate for consideration and was appointed unanimously.

“I want to help the town in any way I can,” Pittman said. “I just want to help the town grow and prosper.”

Jones resigned at the March 5 meeting after disagreeing with the way the council appointed Samantha Prueter to fill Joe Lock’s vacant seat.

Duke Energy battery storage

The council approved an agreement with Duke Energy for the purchase of two lots in Jennings off of Oak Street.

The agreement is for $25,000 for the land including a $2,000 earnest deposit.

Danny Collins, Community Relations Manager for Duke Energy, presented the proposal for a 5.5 megawatt battery storage to the council at the April 2 meeting.

Duke Energy has an agreement with the State of Florida to provide 50 megawatts of battery storage throughout the state.

The 5.5-megawatt battery facility is proposed to cost roughly $10 million.

After a nine-month due diligence period to investigate if there are any environmental issues with land, then Duke would have the option to purchase the land.

Fire Protection Agreement

County Attorney Cliff Adams presented a new fire protection agreement to the council.

The town of White Springs and the county reached an agreement that was different from the one the council accepted in October 2018.

The original agreement stated the county would provide up to $7,500 per quarter or $30,000 per year. The town would receive prorated amounts that reflect the total amount of calls answered versus the total calls for service.

The new agreement gives the town a quarterly base amount of $2,500 with the remaining $5,000 being a prorated amount that reflects the total amount of calls answered versus the total calls for service.

The council accepted the new agreement.

Jessie R. Box is a reporter for the Suwannee Democrat, Jasper News and Mayo Free Press. Her beats include general assignment, government and police. ​

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