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City Commissioners discuss fire dept. proposal

Erica O’Neal

Managing Editor

CORDELE – On Tuesday, February 6 Cordele City Commissioners discussed arranging a workshop with city and county commissioners along with city and county fire department heads about a mutual-aid proposal. City Commissioner Wesley Rainy explained that the proposal would have Cordele City Fire Department help with an area of north Crisp County that needs more fire coverage. Plans to build a fire station for that area has been pushed back to 2022, so for now there’s a need there.

Most commissioners were against the idea, along with Fire Chief Telfair. Despite opposition, Chairman John Wiggins is going to arrange a workshop to discuss the proposal in further detail and answer any questions commissioners had. No decision was made.

Certified Public Accountant, Miller Edwards in partnership with Mauldin & Jenkins Accounting went over the 2017 Audit Report with city com

missioners. According to Edwards, the City of Cordele went from nine fines last year to zero fines this year. This means that the city is in compliance with all standards and regulations for handling finances.

The engineering plans have been approved for the sidewalks project on 8th, 10th and 13th Streets south of 24th Ave.

For the Gillespie-Selden Rehab Project/Urban Renewal, four homes have been completed so far and the CHIP application has been awarded for $300,000.

Commissioner Royce Reeves brought up a future project proposal of setting up a bench outside City Hall in honor of ex-Chairman Zack Wade.

Cordele Police Chief, Rob Rodriguez presented a Real Talk with the Chief event scheduled for Thursday, February 22. The event will be from 6:00 until 7:30 p.m. in the City Hall Courtroom on the 2nd floor. Chief Rodriguez explained that it’s an opportunity for the public to discuss any issues/concerns as well as ask questions about the police department.

Cordele City Commissioners approved two applications, one for Beer Only-Consumed Off Premises License for Divya Food Mart, located at 503 24th Ave. West. The second application approved was for Beer and Wine – Consumed Off Premises License for Moran Foods, LLC, doing business as Save-A-Lot located at 1101 16th Ave. East.

The City of Cordele received notification from Mediacom that on or around March 1, the company will be adjusting rates for the Local Broadcast Station Surcharge:

Old Rate: $8.55

New Rate: $11.56

Net Increase: $3.01

The billing change will also be reflected on customer statements.

The next Cordele City Commissioner meeting will be on Tuesday, February 20 at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall Courtroom on the 2nd floor. Cordele City Hall is located at 501 7th St. North.