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Toombs Turns Down Vidalia's Request for Help
Friday, 17 April 2009

April 17--  Toombs County commissioners say they'd like to help Vidalia with lighting for a new recreation complex, but finances right now won't allow it.

The city of Vidalia was seeking nearly $190,000 in county help to light a nearly $1.8 million recreation complex on the Ezra Taylor Road between Vidalia and Lyons.  The county has previously agreed to pave the road, but Commissioner Skeeter Toole says the Commission can't agree to a ten-year financing program for lighting as suggested by Vidalia.  He did leave the door open and said it would be considered as a budget item in next year's county budget.

The commissioners heard complaints from citizens who live near the Silverado nightclub on U.S. One north of Lyons.  Judy Kennedy says the loud music keeps her awake and Buddy Toole made allegations about drug transactions and minors in the club.  The commissioners and Sheriff Junior Kight promised to see what they could do under the state's nuisance law.  There is no county ordinance on loud music, they said.

County manager Doug Eaves reports the county ambulance service's revenues exceeded its expenses for the first time in February.  

The commission also reported the per diem expenses at the county jail are being raised from $20 to $31 starting in May.

It also appointed Nan Wilbanks to the board of the local Department of Family and Children's Service.  She succeeds George Chapman.

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