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Long gets land for animal shelter
Randy Simmons went before the county commissioners about the expansion of the Long Co Rec Department
Randy Simmons went before the county commissioners about the expansion of the Long County Rec Department. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle
Long County Commissioner Wallace Shaw announced at the December commission meeting that the development authority voted to give a little more than a half acre of land to the county for an animal control facility. The commissioner said the tract borders the Long State Prison on Highway 84.
Shaw said the location was selected because once animal control is established, inmate labor will be used to help clean and maintain the center.  The authority still has to complete the transfer of .65 acres to the county, but the commissioner said that will happen soon.  
According to Shaw, the animal control establishment and research committee, which was created recently, will meet again in December.
Commissioners also heard a presentation by Assistant Recreation Department Director Randy Simmons about continuing renovations and additions at the recreation department.
Simmons showed the commissioners plans for two proposed football fields and the recreation pavilion. Commissioners discussed the engineering firm that created the plans, Maxwell Reddick Engineering, and the work that has already been completed on the additions.
Commission Chairman Bobby Walker said the commission will consider the proposal so work can continue on schedule. Public bids for the job also will be accepted.
In other business:
• The commission appointed Melissa Deal to the Long County Planning and Zoning Board.
• Commissioners were told Gail Braswell had been hired as the director of the Wiregrass E-911 Center, which is a joint venture between Long and McIntosh counties.
• The commission reminded residents to use the 911 address guidelines.
• Commissioners discussed the possible placement of several historical documents in the courthouse. The documents include the Magna Carter, the Bill of Rights and the Ten Commandments.
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