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Centerville approves purchase of 2 new trucks

CENTERVILLE -- The City Council approved purchase of two city trucks Tuesday, one about $10,000 more than the budgeted amount, the other about $10,000 under.

The council approved an additional $10,057 for the purchase of a new animal control truck, bringing the cost of the truck to $25,912.

Police department officials told council members the overrun was primarily due to not being able to use the animal cage and law enforcement lights bar from the city’s old truck on the new truck. They said the old cage was too old and damaged and that the light bar on the old Ford vehicle would not fit the new GMC truck.

The second request was for authorization to purchase a Ford Ranger in the budget for use as a meter reading vehicle in the city’s utility department.

Mike Brumfield, utilities superintendent, noted that the truck’s cost of $15,880 was about $10,000 less than the budgeted for amount of about $25,000.

In other business, a request for $5,000 toward a project to mount an F-15 along Interstate 75 between the Russell Parkway and Warner Robins/Centerville exits was not passed due to failure to receive a second to a funding motion.

Mayor John Harley passed along the request for the city to help fund the project being sponsored by a private Middle Georgia group, noting $5,000 had been mentioned.

Councilman Jonathan Nichols said based on a per capita figure across Houston County, he reckoned the city’s portion was more like $1,500 and made a motion for that amount.

Councilman Edward Tucker said while he supported Robins Air Force Base, he did not think the F-15 was needed to support the base. He also said he did not think it was appropriate to take the funds from the city’s general fund contingency fund because until this year, city workers had not been given a raise for three years.

The council also heard from a resident complaining of being cited by the city marshal for having weeds when she said the city itself was negligent in maintaining property.

Geraldine Parker of Northridge subdivision complained that though her lawn was well cared for and recently cut, it suffered from weeds that could quickly grow to 12 inches, especially after heavy rains. The 12-inch weeds technically violate the city code.

Parker told the council that being issued a citation ultimately put her property in jeopardy of having a lien placed against it. She then complained of drainage property the city was responsible for maintaining that abutted the back of several homes with small children. She said it was overgrown and was a haven for snakes.

Parker and others speaking to the council on the matter urged council members to get the city’s house in order before it started citing residents with infractions.

Contact Michael W. Pannell at mwpannell@gmail.com.

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