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At the monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council yesterday, a third and final public hearing was held on the proposed millage rate for 2017 which will remain at 10.32 mils. Council denied a request for 125 Bay Street to be added to the City’s Entertainment Zone. By a 4-2 vote, an amendment to the Defined Benefit Retirement Plan was passed. After much discussion, an alcohol beverage license ordinance was passed by a 4-2 vote that eliminates background checks for potential employees in the alcohol businesses. An alcohol license for 129 Highway 27E was passed. Council approved the bid from Allen Vigil Ford for a new Police SUV. Council then adopted the 2017 millage rate of 10.32, the same as 2016. Council approved the Declaration of Local Emergency from Irma and now could be eligible for FEMA assistance. The amended mutual aid agreement with Sumter County Fire was approved. Council approved emergency funds to repair Peachtree Street for $18,102. Russell Thomas Jr. was re-appointed to the Downtown Development Authority. After announcement the meeting was adjourned.
You can sign-up now for the next Citizens Police Academy. The twelve session course starts on October 3rd and will finish on November 16th with classes every Tuesday and Thursday evening. Participants must be 18-years of age and be willing to commit to all twelve courses. To sign up, drop by the police department; call Sgt. John Brown at 924-3677 ext. 325 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The program is free and open to the public.
Thursday was another quiet 24-hour period for Americus Police officers. A traffic stop was initiated by Trooper Willingham on Elm at College resulting in the arrest of Keila Cruz-Mesino for driving without a license.
A case of deposit account fraud was reported.
Officers went to Magnolia Village last night before 11 where discharging of firearms were heard.
Sheriff’s Deputies were busy with
traffic stops yesterday. 17 traffic stops were conducted. After a stop on
Highway 27, Thadius D. Sheftall was charged with speeding. Following a stop on
Highway 49N, Laura M. White was charged with speeding. On Highway 30W, a stop
resulted in speeding charges against Rebecca C. Turner. At a stop initiated on
US 280W, Paige K. Glass was charged with speeding. Early this morning on