The Ludowici City Council approved repairs to the Police Department’s holding area and a new streetlight on a dark street during its July 12 meeting.
Assistant Police Chief Frank Middleton discussed different areas that need repair within the Police Department’s holding cells.
“The building is in bad need of it,” he said.
He said he has talked with the Georgia Municipal Association to try to obtain grants for refurbishing. Also, he said, the holding cell area’s audio is not working, but the video is. He added that the booking room is in need of a computer.
The council approved immediately fixing the audio and computer.
City Councilman Jim Fuller spoke regarding trains in Long County early in the morning. He said the trains have become obstacles for people who are trying get to work.
“It seems to everyone that we’re in charge of that, and we’re not,” he said.
He said he has received complaints from residents. He said the city can control the speed of the trains, but not the times they pass through the area.
Mayor James Fuller proposed installing a streetlight in front of City Hall at Macon Street and Mitcham Road.
“It’s dark at night, and you can’t see anything,” he said.
The council approved the new streetlight.
Councilwoman Gwendolyn Davis spoke about cleaning up an abandoned house on Main Street that is half a block from Walker Elementary School.
“We need it cleaned up due to the teachers who drive through there on their way to work,” she said.
However, the city cannot go onto private property without the owner’s permission.
Also, Tammy Goober requested that Barb Parker be reappointed to the Long County Library Board of Trustees. The council unanimously voted to reappoint Parker.
Goober also spoke on the Summer Reading Program at the Long County Library and how much of a success it was.
In June, more than 3,000 patrons visited the library. The library registered 59 adults, 19 teens and 155 kids for summer reading. Children read 1,300 hours worth of books. There were 10 teens who volunteered for more than 180 hours, and in total, more than 1,000 patrons attended summer reading programs. The library also issued 61 new library cards.
Lisa Overby of Long County Family Connection was on hand to speak about the Diabetes Awareness Committee. She mentioned that the organization generally holds a dance, but this year it wants to do a wraparound dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 1 at the old depot by the Ludowici Police Department on Queen Street. The event will include a band or disc jockey, food vendors and activities for children.
“We’re trying to get citizens more aware of diabetes and hopefully find a cure,” Overby said.
The council voted to approve this event.
The general fund, water/sewer, and savings were also discussed. The general fund currently has a bank balance of $106,484.72 with no outstanding bills to be paid. The water/sewer bank balance has $54,752.45 and no outstanding bills. General fund savings is $224,484.53, and the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax account has $68,964.66. There are two checks currently pending around $12,000 from the SPLOST account.