Li­brary sup­port­ers seek help from com­mis­sion­ers

The Covington News - - Front page - DANIELLE EVER­SON deverson@cov­

About two-dozen sup­port­ers with the Friends of the Li­brary made an ap­pear­ance at the New­ton County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers meet­ing on Tues­day night to show their sup­port in ask­ing for help to fix the fund­ing woes at the New­ton County Li­brary.

New­ton County Mag­is­trate Court Judge Kim De­go­nia spoke on be­half of the group. De­go­nia talked about the prob­lems the li­brary faced and the lack of a chil­dren’s li­brar­ian. She asked com­mis­sion­ers to form a sub­com­mit­tee to fig­ure out ways to help solve some of those prob­lems.

County Com­mis­sion Chair­man Kathy Mor­gan and Com­mis­sioner Nancy Schulz vol­un­teered to serve on the sub­com­mit­tee. There was no de­ci­sion made on whether or not to give any ad­di­tional money to the li­brary.

De­go­nia also at­tended the city of Cov­ing­ton coun­cil meet­ing on Mon­day night. City coun­cil mem­bers

Hawnethia Wil­liams, Ocie Franklin and Mayor Ron­nie John­ston also agreed to serve on the sub­com­mit­tee.

De­go­nia said she plans to meet with the county and city of­fi­cials who vol­un­teered to serve on the com­mit­tee within the next two weeks. She said she hopes they can find ways to pro­vide ad­di­tional fund­ing to the li­brary.

In other busi­ness, county com­mis­sion­ers ap­proved an In­ter­a­gency Ser­vices Agree­ment with the New­ton County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion.

BOE con­tracted with Amer­i­can Traf­fic So­lu­tions, Inc. to use recorded im­ages for en­force­ment of the pro­hi­bi­tion on un­law­fully pass­ing a school bus.

New­ton County Sher­iff Ezell Brown, BOE board mem­ber Den­nis Car­pen­ter and a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Amer­i­can Traf­fic So­lu­tions, Inc. pre­sented the agree­ment to the board.

Brown said the New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice has agreed to en­force civil and crim­i­nal laws, in­vesti- gate sus­pected vi­o­la­tions of traf­fic laws and is­sue ci­ta­tions to mo­torists who are found un­law­fully pass­ing school buses.

Ac­cord­ing to the agree­ment, BOE will pay BOC 50 per­cent of any rev­enue re­ceived from any traf­fic vi­o­la­tions to off­set ex­penses re­gard­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion and on­go­ing op­er­a­tion of the pro­gram. BOE will re­ceive the other 50 per­cent from those vi­o­la­tions. The rev­enue from those vi­o­la­tions would be paid on a monthly ba­sis.

Also at the meet­ing, county com­mis­sion­ers gave Ju­ve­nile Ser­vices per­mis­sion to ap­ply for a con­tin­u­a­tion of $144,000 in fund­ing from the Gover­nor’s Of­fice for Chil­dren Sys­tem of Care pro­gram, to com­plete an ap­pli­ca­tion for $7,500 in fund­ing from the Coun­cil of Ju­ve­nile Court Judges of Ge­or­gia, and to ac­cept $30,495 in fund­ing from the Depart­ment of Hu­man Ser­vices Pro­mot­ing Safe and Sta­ble Fam­i­lies pro­gram.

Com­mis­sion­ers also ap­proved a Neigh­bor­hood Sta­bi­liza­tion Pro­gram con­tract with Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity of New­ton County for dis­po­si­tion of prop­er­ties.

Danielle Ever­son /The Cov­ing­ton News

Friends of the Li­brary mem­bers leave the court­house Tues­day night af­ter a com­mis­sion­ers’ meet­ing.

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