Perry police launches team to target drugs, loud music, drunkenness

PERRY – The Perry City Council authorized the organization of a special enforcement team in the Department of Public Safety during its regular meeting Tuesday night.

The temporary team would target drug distribution, drunkenness, loud music, car entries and burglaries and assaults in and around the General Courtney Hodges Boulevard area. George Potter, director of public safety, also said he planned to establish sobriety check points during the months of May and June.

The City Council had to authorize the additional expense required for the project. Potter requested overtime for seven officers for the team. The team would be deployed once a month and the monthly estimated overtime cost would be $1,050.

The additional overtime costs for the two sobriety check points is estimated at $3,600.

“We believe if we’re proactive with this, we can reduce a lot of crime,” Potter said.

The City Council also approved the purchasing of five fully-equipped police cars and one administrative car from Family Ford Inc. which was the lowest bidder with an asking price of $180,806.

City Councilman James Moore said he was ready to vote on getting the new cars Tuesday night.

“I’m getting tired of hay-wiring police cars together,” Moore said.

The City Council also adopted an ordinance that does not invalidate building permits where work was suspended or abandoned if construction began in the first six months.

The contractor will not have to seek another permit, but once he or she restarts the project, current code standards and inspections will be required. If work has not started on a project within six months, then 90-day extensions can be granted upon written request.

To contact writer Natasha Smith, call 923-3109, extension 236.