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Ludowici police chief wants stricter guidelines for massage parlors
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LUDOWICI — On Feb. 10, Ludowici Police Chief Richard Robertson asked the city council to adopt more stringent guidelines concerning massage parlors.
On Feb. 7 police arrested a woman at the Bally Massage Clinic on a “sex for hire” allegation and, according to Robertson, adopting a stricter ordinance would make crimes of this nature less likely.
Robertson said if the city did adopt his proposed ordinance the business, which was closed on the night of the arrest, would have to adhere to new guidelines, along with any other similar business that opens in the city.
Robertson also asked that City Attorney Richard Phillips get an injunction to keep Bally closed until the issue of the ordinance was resolved.
Council members said the proposed ordinance had to go before the council for two readings, and that last week’s meeting would be considered the first reading. The chief said it will go before the council for final decision on March 10.
In other police business, Robertson asked the council to review the manner in which his officers accrue vacation time. He wants them to be able to earn more leave. The council tabled the issue for review.
The council also accepted the resignation of Officer Jimmy Downs and hired Robert Hoyt as a full-time officer and Aaron McElveen as a part-time officer.
The council also decided to continue using Fowler’s Wrecker Service as the primary provider to police when a wrecker is needed.
At the January meeting, Rodney Ballance, owner of S&K Wrecker Service asked to be placed in a rotation for when a tow truck was needed.
The council did say Ballance’s service would be used as needed.
Resident John Jones complained to council about trash being dumped at Oak Ridge Cemetery.  According to City Clerk Tarra Manning, the council informed Jones that unless police caught some one dumping or there was a way to actually identify who was doing the illegal dumping, there was little they could do.
However, according to Manning, the council did ask Johnson to head up a neighborhood watch and secure the cemetery with a locked chain.  The council also said the city would have signs made, and placed at the area, stating that illegal dumping was forbidden and violators would be prosecuted.    

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