Confusion and frustration-certainly not what was on Macon Public Safety Committee's agenda today, but that's what happened.
The committee met to see about passing $300,000 for the Youth Violence Plan. The money would cover salaries, benefits, and uniforms for one captain, two lieutenants, and three privates for Macon Police.
After about an hour and a half of back-and-forth between the public safety committee, Macon Mayor Robert Reichert, and Macon Police Chief Mike Burns--the committee decided to take yet another look at the proposal, saying it's not in the city's best interest to spend that much money.
Mayor Reichert says the meeting was "frustrating."
"I don't think anybody can state what they just did," Reichert lamented. "Who's going to amend the document, and who's understanding is the city attorney's office gonna use to amend the document that supposedly has already been passed? That's the problem--anytime you adopt an oral motion as complex as this one--you're inviting a misunderstanding."
On the other hand, Chairman Virgil Watkins believes they were able to come to a consensus. Watkins says the committee approved three employees for the police department to help with the rise in youth crimes. Even though that's not exactly what the Mayor and Chief Burns want, he says it's a compromise.
"This is not about officers on the street--this is not about officers arresting youth in a greater capacity--this is about developing programs," Watkins said of the Youth Violence Plan.
The committee decided to appoint a gun specialist that will work with the U.S. Attorney's office and police. They also decided to appoint a captain for the Youth and Intervention programs, along with a youth program coordinator, who will be a civilian.
The ordinance will go before full council after the SPLOST is voted on November 8th.
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CORDELE, Ga. - A Roswell-based provider of technology-based services that allow banks and other businesses to provide financial service to people without traditional bank accounts is beginning an operation in Cordele.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Gov. Nathan Deal says Chexar Networks, plans to occupy two existing 18,000-square-foot buildings in the south Georgia city, with plans to open by January. The company says the Crisp County operations will provide 500 jobs.
Chexar says its technology allows businesses to cash checks and provide other services to more than 80 million people. Georgia is estimated to have 457,000 households without bank accounts, or 12.2 percent of the population.
The company is eligible for $10 million in state job tax credits and for $954,000 in Quick Start training.
Warner Robins High School hosted its 9th annual locks of love event today. Several students donated their hair to the non profit organization that creates high quality hair prosthetics for kids in need. Locks of Love provides hair-pieces to financially disadvantaged children, under the age 18, who suffer from hair loss caused by Disease.
" This isn't the first time I cut my hair it's actually the fourth and after the first time I did it, I just thought it was a great way to give something back, because I'm not doing anything with my hair, so it has become a tradition that every 3 years I cut my hair, " said Alyssa Gisseman.
Locks of Love hopes the donated hair will restore self -esteem and confidence.
Today wraps up Energy Awareness month, and Robins Air Force base is taking extra steps to cut down on energy costs year round.
More than 25 thousand people work at robins air force base and each year the base spends millions of dollars on energy costs. During the past year the base has reduced its energy consumption by 2.5 percent. The base's goal is to reduce its energy consumption by 30 percent during the next 4 years.
"The big thing is reminding our folks that everything they do everyday can make a difference in energy. The simple thing of turning off your lights when You walk out of the room, turning off your computer monitors at night but leaving the processors on at night so they can still do upgrades" said Otis Hicks Jr, Director.
The base wants to reduce its water intensity by 26 percent during the next 10 years.