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Ludowici says it will crack down on rundown properties
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Having recently received numerous reports of Ludowici properties in states of disrepair, the city council has taken measures to get the land and structures up to par.
Ludowici resident Price Chapman told the council on Oct. 12 about several city properties that he described as unsafe and in need of cleaning. A home on North Main Street and two structures at the corner of North McDonald and Thornton streets are dirty, unsafe and overgrown with weeds and brush, he said.
Council members discussed the matter and decided to have the city clerk send letters advising the owners of the properties in question to clean up and maintain their homes and land, or the city will have the work done at the owners’ expense.
Barbra Griffiths complained to the council about potholes in the Pecan Park area of town and on Main Street Extension. Road Department Superintendent James Fuller Sr. said he will have the potholes repaired as soon as possible.
Bruce Ballance, who owns Tow-Reffic Towing Service, went before the council to request his business be included in the Ludowici Police Department’s rotation of towing businesses that are called when a wreck occurs in the city.
After a discussion, the council charged Councilman Frank McClelland Jr. with the task of researching how other departments in the area deal with the towing rotation. He will provide information to the group at the November meeting.
The council approved making Ludowici Church of God Pastor David Holton the police department’s voluntary chaplain. City clerk Tara Manning said Holton will participate in ride-alongs with department members and will assist with calls when needed.
The council approved paying for all police department members to have annual flu shots. According to Police Chief Richard Robertson, no member of the department used a sick day because of the flu in 2010, and he thinks that is because of the vaccines administered last year.
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