Perry gives police captains bonuses

chwright@macon.comMarch 5, 2013 

PERRY -- Perry City Council awarded their two captains bonuses Tuesday as a “thank you” for helping manage during the police department’s transition over the past three years.

“We do it very rarely,” said Lee Gilmour, city manager.

Along with plaques recognizing their work and two standing ovations at the regular council meeting, Capt. Heath Dykes was awarded $3,000 and Capt. William Phelps was awarded $5,000.

Mayor Jimmy Faircloth explained that the awards were to show appreciation for making sure the department hadn’t missed a step throughout the illness and retirement of Chief George Potter and the hiring of new Chief Steve Lynn. Potter retired late last year, and Lynn was hired

“As a result of Capt. Phelps’ performance, the Perry Police Department continued unabated in providing the residents of Perry the protection they deserve and expect,” Faircloth read from the resolution recognizing Phelps after reading a separate one for Dykes.

Also at Monday’s meeting, City Council unanimously approved the fee for brown bagging permits and adjustments to the fiscal 2013 budget.

City Council agreed last month to create a permit for businesses or events interested in allowing patrons to bring their own booze without the owner going through the extensive background check required for liquor licenses.

Tuesday, they set the fee for those permits at $200 for a year, $100 for six months and $50 for a day. The daily fee lasts for up to three consecutive days.

Gilmour said the budget adjustments are an annual re-evaluation of the city’s budget. He said the city’s bottom line basically stayed the same this year, with money shifting around the budget.

To contact writer Christina M. Wright, call 256-9685.

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