Centerville council approves law enforcement center plans

CENTERVILLE -- City Council approved projected plans for the city’s new law enforcement center during its work session Tuesday.

Council members reviewed an architectural drawing of the new law enforcement center by architect David Selby of McLees, Boggs and Selby of Macon while utilities superintendant Mike Brumfield was given sets of plans for the center and the city’s former library building, which will become Centerville’s municipal court complex.

The council approved plans, noting there are still tweaks, specifications and landscaping designs in the works.

The council also received a tentative timeline that indicates the bid process for the projects likely will begin in late September.

No mention was made on a projected competition date.

Selby said the new building and remodeled building, which are both adjacent to City Hall, will carry architectural themes and designs similar to those at City Hall.

Also Tuesday, the council passed a resolution budget amendment for the city’s general fund which closed the books on last year’s balanced budget. The budget amendment increased the budget by just $7,053 to $7,210,418.

Officials said the difference was largely due to expenditures from donations to the police and fire departments and to unbudgeted expenses for animal control.

In another budget related matter, the council once again gave a nod to its already approved millage rate of 11.981 mills for the current fiscal year. The question came up due to receipt of tax digest documents indicating the rate would give the city a $44,367 surplus.

Council members agreed to keep the millage rate the same despite the possible surplus after City Administrator Patrick Eidson reminded them that not all funds reflected in the tax digest are collectible and that there is a question about which funds the state will return to cities this year from automobile taxes.