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Ludowici may fine for trash cans left out
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Members of the Ludowici City Council hold a mock check representing the $500,000 that was given to the city for work on its sewage and water system. Pictured, from left, are Mayor James Fuller, Councilman Mary Hamilton, Gwen Davis, Jim Fuller, Mark Chesser and interim attorney Katie Smith. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle

Trash-can placement was an issue raised at Tuesday’s monthly Ludowici City Council meeting.    
Revis Boyd told the council that several residents are leaving their trash cans in the road and not placing them beside their homes once the trash has been picked up. He said that it results both in an eyesore and a road hazard, and he feels that the police department and road crew need to better monitor this problem.  
Mayor James Fuller said that the water department will place a red notation on every utility bill to remind residents of the city’s policy. He said that it is, indeed, a hazard, and even a police officer struck a trash can left in the road as he was patrolling a neighborhood.
Fuller said that if people continue to leave them, the council may have to look into imposing fines and penalties. The mayor said that exceptions to the rule will be residents who are elderly or disabled. If they need help bringing the trash can back to their houses, they can notify the city and a worker will assist them.
Councilwoman Gwen Davis said she recently accepted the city’s $500,000 Coastal Development Block Grant check in Savannah.
“It was one of the most glorious feelings to pick up that $500,000 check. We should be very thankful for getting it,” she said.
Fuller said the money will go toward upgrading the sewage-and-water system in the city as the first part of a 2½-year plan to improve the infrastructure.
He said that the total cost to complete the sewer-and-water project will be around $2 million, and that the city will continue to seek grants toward completion.
Fuller also told council members they were invited to the Long County Night of Prayer at 7 p.m. Saturday at the recreation department. Gospel music will be featured, and attendees are encouraged to bring seating.
Also Tuesday, the council approved having a survey completed at the proposed site of a possible McDonald’s/Flash Foods. Fuller said the survey will locate and clarify property lines.
The council also approved Police Chief Robert Poppell to attend a mandatory chief-executive training conference Sept. 29-Oct. 8 in Duluth
Fuller informed council members that they need to begin selecting a training course to attend in order to meet state requirements for representing the city.

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