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Tickets instead of arrests; Hinesville OKs ordinance
Hinesville City Hall
Hinesville City Council meets in City Hall at the corner of Commerce Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. - photo by File photo

The Hinesville City Council approved the Proposed Marijuana Ordinance #2020-01 during their Feb. 20 meeting. The ordinance encourages Hinesville Police Department officers to issue tickets instead of arresting for an ounce or less of marijuana. 

The Ordinance does not apply to county law enforcement officers such as the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, and does not apply to the law enforcement departments of surrounding towns. 

Apart from that, the appointment of the Solicitor of Municipal Court of the City of Hinesville was postponed until City Councilmembers can hold an offsite discussion. 

The HPS screen at the Fort Stewart Waste Water Treatment Plant has failed and will be replaced. The screen was refurbished five to six years ago for $70,000 and is, according to City of Hinesville documents, prone to failure due to its size and installation arrangement. As part of the screen replacement process, a new influent channel will be built as well as a small screen installed. The screen is estimated to arrive in 14 to 16 weeks. 

The Advisory Board of the Frank Callen Boys & Girls Club-Liberty County Unit has settled on a location for the club and is asking for donations. Currently, to purchase the site from The Heritage Bank, the club needs a total of $190,000: $180,000 for land purchase, $5,000 for closing costs and legal fees, and another $5,000 for marketing and signage of the Kasey site. Donations are being requested both from individuals and the local government. 

And finally, The Council approved a request made by Liberty Properties and Holdings Co., Inc., for Independence Settlement Phase 2b. With this approval, the matter will be brought before the Planning Commission on March 18 for approval. The Lot, off of Marne Blvd., is 12.22 acres and will comprise of 27 single-family lots. 

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