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Vidalia Evaluating VPD Sites
Wednesday, 02 December 2009

December 2--  The city of Vidalia is employing a professional construction management company to evaluate sites for a new city police department building.

At a called meeting Tuesday, the council okayed $18,000 for Premier Construction of Dublin to analyze four potential sites.  City manager Bill Torrance says the sites are at the corner of Truman and Highway 280 West to the rear of the Dairy Queen, the parking lot behind city hall, the corner of Bay and Third Streets and the former Winn-Dixie building.

In other actions, the council agreed to seek a $500,000 grant to help Mercy Medical Clinic build a permanent clinic in Vidalia to serve low income people who have no insurance.  However, it will be more than a year before the city can apply for the Community Development Block Grant.

The council also approved annual bonuses for city employees who qualify at a cost of about $32,000.

The new Hawk's Point Golf Club in Vidalia is asking the city for a land swap.  It would like title to a vacant lot on Green Acres Drive owned by the city in return for a vacant lot owned by Copper Construction on Grand Street.  The question has been sent to the city council finance committee.

The council recommended the Downtown Vidalia Association use a Vidalia vendor to provide breakfast Saturday morning for volunteers working on the city Christmas parade.  The DVA had planned to use a former downtown business, Jazzy J's, which has relocated to Soperton.  

The council also expressed concern about the proposed Toombs County budget which attaches strings to the $65,000 allocated to the Vidalia Recreation Department.  Toombs Commissioners say the funds may only be used for capital improvements because they are coming from the county's special purpose local option sales tax account.  City officials would like the money to come from the general fund so it could be used to pay for operations and maintenance.  Fencing the money amounts to a cut to the Vidalia Recreation Department budget, according to city manager Bill Torrance.

The issue could become a point of contention between the two governments if it's included when the county commission approves the final county budget at its December 8th meeting.

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