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County weighing costs of dogcatcher
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LUDOWICI –– The Long County Code Enforcement Office recently asked the Long County Commission for direction in setting up animal control in the county.
According to code enforcement officer John Bradley, the office has raised more than 75 percent of the materials for building an animal control facility. He also said he had found a parcel of land for $6,500 and that the office has had $2,000 donated toward the purchase. Bradley said he believes  prisoner labor will be available for construction.
The code officer estimated there are 8-10 animal attacks reported each month in the county. With the continued growth in the county, the number will likely increase.
“We have been planning this for a while now, and I just need you to tell me do I continue with it,” Bradley said.
Commissioners asked Bradley to estimate operating costs. He said a vehicle would be necessary, but other than that, the only costs would be the salary of an animal control officer and utilities cost for the facility. Bradley estimated that the cost would be $25,000 per year.
Commissioners asked Bradley to work up an annual budget to see if the project was feasible.
Bradley’s assistant, Michelle Poppell, told commissioners about the new E-911 maps and who would get them.
According to Poppell, local emergency agencies such as the police and fire departments would get the maps so they would be able to respond to emergency calls as quickly as possible.
However, Poppell also said that the maps would be available for vendors and privately owned delivery agencies such as Windstream Communication, UPS and Federal Express for a fee, which would go to the county.
The code office also reported:
• Marker address and mail box signs for the E-911 readdressing could be purchased through the Ludowici/ Long County Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.
• The Hillman Estates Subdivision/Tim Parrish Road was ready to be graded.
• Twelve new homes, from subdivisions, were sold during January.
• Seventeen 17 building permits were sold during January.
• There are 183 building permits still open in the county.
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