By Nick Nunn staff writer
Madison City Manager David Nunn, on behalf of the city of Madison, has nominated former Madison City Council Member Barry Lurey for induction into the Georgia Municipal Association’s (GMA) Municipal Government Hall of Fame.
The nomination form states that Lurey served as a Madison Council Member for 37 years, from 1970 to 2007, and that he was Mayor Pro Tempore for 17 of those years. He also served as the Director of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) from 2003 to 2007.
Lurey passed away last May from complications from brain cancer at the age of 74. In the nomination, Lurey is described as a “longtime downtown anchor,” who held a “deep-seated belief that a strong downtown is essential for a strong community.” “Lurey… spent his political career working cooperatively with his colleagues to strengthen Madison’s physical and political infrastructure,” states the nomination. It also says that Lurey “championed” the development of Madison’s Main Street Program, which began in 1984, and that he was also instrumental in the establishment of the DDA and the Central Business Special Tax District.
Lurey also “supported the adoption of a local preservation ordinance and designation of the Madison Historic District” in addition to working on the DDA’s Jefferson Square Parkside and Town Park projects. Additionally, the nomination states that Lurey was a “staunch supporter” on the GMA, encouraging Madison to take part in the organization’s conventions and programs. According to the GMA’s website, the Municipal Government Hall of Fame was created in 1992 to recognize municipal officials that served at least fifteen years as an elected or appointed official, “made significant contributions” to the city’s quality of life, and supported the GMA. Up to three individuals may be inducted each year, with a maximum of two posthumous awards.