County ap­proves fees, no smok­ing zones

The Standard Journal - - Local - By AGNES HAGIN

The Polk County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers has ap­proved new fees for Mag­is­trate Court.

The in­crease is in­cluded in a pro­posal sub­mit­ted by Judge Jean Crane:

$100 court cost if an in­di­vid­ual re­quests a trial and are found guilty

$50 when a per­son ap­plies for a war­rant and fails to ap­pear for court

$50 from the bench if an in­di­vid­ual has court sched­uled and fails to ap­pear

Crane said, in a re­port to the board, that the fees were to cover additional ad­min­is­tra­tive costs and work in­volved.

“Most courts do have ad­min­is­tra­tion and other fees,” she said.

Com­mis­sion­ers also au­tho­rized County Man­ager Matt Den­ton to pro­ceed with plans to ex­pand a no smok­ing zone to 50 feet from the en­trance of all county fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing the Ad­min­is­tra­tive Build­ing. This would ap­ply to the pub­lic as well as county staff.

“We have a place for people to put cig­a­rette butts,” he said. “I of­ten see more on the ground than in the container. This is what greets vis­i­tors when they come to county and other of­fices each day.”

Ad­di­tion­ally, Den­ton said there is fre­quently a “fog of smoke” at the doors any morn­ing of the week.

Board mem­bers also gave the green light to the fol­low­ing agenda items:

A res­o­lu­tion in sup­port of the pro­posed Col­lege Academy on the cam­puses of Cedar­town and Rock­mart high schools

Ap­point­ment of Sumpter Nel­son to the Polk County Depart­ment of Fam­ily and Chil­dren Ser­vices board of di­rec­tors

Up­date soft­ware at 911 to sup­port se­cu­rity man­dates from the Ge­or­gia Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion not to ex­ceed $20,000

Ac­cept let­ter of com­mit­ment for federal funds to­tal­ing $216,000 matched by $12,000 lo­cal money for pur­chase of property needed in clear­ing project at Polk County Air­port

Ap­proved low bid of $4,080 from All­good Pest So­lu­tions for pest con­trol ser­vice

Hire part-time sea­sonal em­ploy­ees for mow­ing, de­bris and trash re­moval along the Sil­ver Comet Trail not to ex­ceed $20,000 (SPLOST funds)

Set a speed limit of 15 miles per hour on Reynolds Road

Ap­pli­ca­tion by Jimmy and Ann F. Mad­den for a spe­cial land use per­mit to op­er­ate an an­tique shop at 12 Old Mill Road in Cedar­town

De­nied pro­posal to plant Le­land Cy­press seedlings on berm and slope at county fir­ing range

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