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Orangeburg City Councilman Jerry Hannah returned to council on Tuesday, two weeks after he abruptly exited a city council meeting.

Before his exit, Hannah stated his displeasure with council’s treatment of his family members.

He uttered the words, “I’m out.”

He would not answer questions afterward.

Hannah entered council chambers on Tuesday, a minute before the meeting’s scheduled start time of 7 p.m.

When asked about his early departure and comments during the last council meeting, Hannah did not speak.

Instead, he simply wrote on his folder “nothing” and circled it.

Mayor Pro Tem Liz Zimmerman Keitt, who presided over the meeting in Mayor Michael Butler’s absence, simply said she had nothing to say regarding the subject.

Also during the meeting:

• Council recognized Kenny Gray for his service and retirement from the Public Works Department.

Keitt presented Gray with a resolution from the city. Gray worked for the department for 34 years, and officially retired on June 8, 2018.

“I’ve known Kenny about 27 years of those 34 years. One of the things that I’ll say about Kenny is … Kenny ran a safe operation,” City Administrator John Yow said.

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“I hate to see him retire,” Councilman Richard Stroman said. “I enjoyed going by and talking to Mr. Gray.”

“Mr. Gray we just say congratulations to you,” Keitt said on behalf of the council. “We thank you so very much for your service.”

• Assistant City administrator John Singh presented council with a model ordinance regarding microcells.

“What they are is the new technology of cellular service,” Yow said.

Singh noted that the microcells provide additional bandwidth for internet users aside from large cell towers.

“We will be bringing this back to you in a form of an ordinance for you to look at,” he said.

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Bradley Harris is a Government and Sports Reporter. The Irmo, SC native is a 2018 graduate of Claflin University and recipient of the 2018 South Carolina Press Association Collegiate Journalist of the Year Award.

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