YMCA offers discount to public employees

Photo by Carly Farrell

Photo by Carly Farrell

ALBANY, Ga. — As an incentive for employees of the Albany and Dougherty County governments, the Albany Area YMCA is offering reduced-rate memberships.

The memberships come with a one-

year commitment and are open to single employees or employees with families, YMCA Executive Director Dave Wallace told the Dougherty County Commission Monday.

The memberships grant employees access to the YMCA’s facilities including the gym and workout areas. Participation in Y programs will be an additional cost.

In other business, the commission heard last week from Col. John Ostrander, director of the Dougherty County Jail, on two issues pertinent to the facility.

The first was a recommendation from Ostrander to update the county’s existing contract with the Albany-Area Community Service Board.

The board currently provides drug abuse education services for inmates at the jail. Some of the courses are court-ordered, others are voluntary for inmates.

The only change to the contract was to update the signatures on the contract to include Ostrander’s. The current contract bears the signature of former jail administrator Col. Doug McGinley, who is now retired.

Ostrander also briefed the commission on a recommendation from the Dougherty County Commission’s Subcommittee on Finance to amend the current year’s budget to allow for the purchase of an automated telephone service for use at the jail.

Currently, deputies are responsible for answering calls and disseminating inmate information to the public.

The new system would allow callers to access that information and more without tying up deputies and detention officers at the jail.

Commissioners are expected to vote on the two changes Monday.