Perry amends gaming machine ordinance

The Perry City Council conducted the first reading of an amendment to the city’s gaming machine ordinance that would allow for coin-operated machines that do not return prizes to be operated near churches and schools.

If passed, the amendment would also call for every owner of an amusement game room to post a sign stating the guidelines that must be followed for the machines under Georgia law.

The City Council also approved a hydrant meter rental policy for bulk water purchases. The city’s policy calls for deposits of at least $1,200 to cover the city’s operating cost. Once the meter is returned, the deposit is refunded and the user will be billed for actual water consumption.

In the past, the city has collected a deposit based on projected use, which typically amounted to less than $100. With more growth in the area, city manager Lee Gilmour said a policy was needed.