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Ludowici asked to help with animal control
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Long County Commission Chairman Bobby Walker asks the Ludowici City Council for funds to help establish an animal control department. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle
Long County Commission Chairman Bobby Walker appeared before the Ludowici City Council at the September meeting to ask for help with plans for a county animal control department.
Walker told council members the county already made arrangements to establish nine kennels at Long State Prison and currently is trying to establish an animal control department. According to Walker, the estimated start-up cost is around $60,000 for the first year. He asked the city to consider donating $15,000.
The commissioner said the requested sum is approximately one-half of the proposed salary package for one full-time employee, who would work as the animal control officer.
“It’s going to take the support of both sides to get this thing started,” Walker said.
The council took no action, but members said they will have a decision at the October meeting.
If the city is unable to provide funding for the project, Walker said the county will seek funding from other counties and services would be provided to the contributing counties.
The council did approve joining the county in purchasing a database system for creating an automated precincting in Ludowici.  
According to Walker, the system will provide a voter table, precinct table, street table, district table and a security system.
 “Right now, there are 50 percent of the counties in the state using this system,” Walker said. “And it will make the elections run a whole lot smoother.”
The commissioner said the system costs $5,000. The city contributed $1,000 and the county paid $4,000.
 Liberty, Chatham, Evans and Wayne counties already use the system.
In other business:
• The council voted not to pay anything toward a vet bill submitted by Ken Moon at the August meeting. Moon, who maintains a Ludowici police officer shot his dog, wanted the city to pay the animal’s veterinary bill. The council members said the city was not liable for the animal’s care, so the request was denied.
• The council heard a report from the Fort Stewart Growth Management Partnership. According to the report, any local business or public entity may submit a reimbursement claim through the Office of Economic Adjustment if the business spent money preparing for the arrival of a fifth brigade combat team on Fort Stewart. The brigade is not coming.
• Approved hiring two part-time police officers and one part-time dispatcher.  The two officers are Raymond Govero and Anthony Brown, and the dispatcher is Crystal King.
• The council appointed Jimmy Durrence to the Ludowici/Long County Library Board, replacing Hazel Stafford, who resigned.
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