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Dougherty Commission approves redistricting

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Dougherty County Commission on Monday unanimously passed the proposed redistricting map as recommended by the by the joint county/school board redistricting committee.

The approval means the proposed map will go before the Dougherty County School Board for consideration at its regular business meeting on Aug. 8.

Should the School Board also approve the newly redrawn map, it will be presented to the state House at a special called reapportionment session on Aug. 15. The map will likely be submitted by Rep. Winfred Dukes, D-Albany.

Once the Legislature approves a map, it will be sent to the Department of Justice for review and final approval.

The newly drawn districts are expected to be in place for the 2012 elections.

In other commission action Monday:

-- The commission approved the purchase of a Ford Crown Victoria for the Sheriff's Office from Sunbelt Ford of Albany for a low bid of $22,300.

The county is purchasing the vehicle now since Ford will cease production of the Crown Victoria Police Interceptor next month.

  • Approved a special zoning request from Troy D. West, owner, The Solid Rock Congregational Holiness Church, to allow the facility to be used as a church in C-3 (Commercial District.) The facility is located at 4521 Sylvester Road.

  • Approved a revision to the Personnel and Procedures Manual (Section V-2 Holidays) which includes reducing the number of holidays from 10 to nine, as approved by the commission. The personal day was eliminated last year as part of budget cuts.

  • Approved an amendment to the county's current Code Red Contract adding 12,650 in enhanced features, such as 100,000 additional minutes to be paid for by the city, subject to approval by the Albany City Commission.

  • Approved a resolution calling for the abandonment of a section of Stagecoach and Hancock roads. The commission then approved declaring the property as surplus and authorizing its sale under state law.