2018-05-09 / Front Page

City adopts employee firearm restriction policy

Groundbreaking ceremony Monday

A ground breaking ceremony for the new Fire Station and Governmental Complex on Magnolia Street was announced at the May 1 City Council meeting. The ceremony will be Monday, May 14 at 11 a.m. The mayor and council extend an invitation for everyone to attend!

Firearm Restrictions

The council adopted a resolution amending the city’s personnel policies to restrict the carrying of firearms by city employees.

The new section, entitled “Weapons in the Workplace,” prohibits all employees from transporting, carrying or possessing firearms while on duty, on or off city property.

The restrictions include all employees, including those holding a Georgia weapons carry license.

Exemptions to the restriction include the Chief of Police or any person under direct supervision of the Chief of Police.

The policy exempts an employee who holds a Georgia Weapons Carry license when traveling outside the city limits.

The restrictions also provide that an employee’s private vehicle may contain a weapon locked out of sight in the trunk, glove box, or other enclosed compartment, provided they possess a Georgia Weapons Carry license.

Employees who violate the policy will be subject to disciplinary action, including termination.

Property purchases

During a special meeting Friday the council voted to buy sev- eral parcels of property on Magnolia Street.

Two parcels include the Blakely Freezer Locker and the adjoining Sevola Jones house. Mayor Howard stated the property, purchased for approximately $47,000 would be used for the City Marshall’s code enforcement operation. Two additional parcels purchased for approximately $20,000, include two lots on the east side of the Blakely Shrine Club which will be part of the Gateway Project.

In other business, the council discussed damage reimbursements at the cemetery, agreed to purchase a transfer station trailer at a cost of approximately $55,500 shared 50/50 with the county, and the purchase of a CAT 320 excavator at a cost of $187,500.

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