Perry seeks grant for volunteer senior police program

PERRY — The Perry City Council approved seeking a U.S. Department of Justice grant that would create a senior volunteer police program during its regular meeting Tuesday night.

Through the $26,909 grant, the city’s public safety department would seek volunteers to support full-time officers and staff. The volunteers would be at least 50 years old, physically able, possess a valid drivers license, have a record absent of felonies and not be on probation, attend mandatory monthly meetings and volunteer four hours a week. The volunteers would be given such tasks as vacation house checks, business checks, graffiti checks in parks and clerical work among other duties.

“We think it would be beneficial and provides citizens with opportunities to help in the community,” city manager Lee Gilmour said.

Also during the meeting, it was announced that the city along with ESG Operations Inc., its wastewater operator, received the gold award from the Georgia Association of Water Professionals for its consistent compliance with water quality requirements for its water and wastewater treatment facilities in 2008. The award is given annually.

The City Council also approved allowing Middle Georgia Community Outreach to operate Camp Character at Rozar Park this summer. Camp Character is a summer camp aimed at targeting 50 at-risk and low-income youth between the ages of 5 and 13. The camp would operate from June 1 to July 17.