Crimestoppers awards 32 for tips

ALBANY, Ga. -- When Albany Crimestoppers was created, it was designed to help police connect with the community through the use of anonymous tips.

Since awarding its first tipster in 2007, the agency has paid more than $5,000 in awards to 32 tipsters for information leading to the arrest of some of Albany's most sought-after criminals.

Judy Randle, head of the Crimestoppers' board, briefed city commissioners Tuesday about the work the agency is doing to expand its reach into the community and aid local law enforcement.

According to Randle, the group has invested money in new billboards and public signs, brochures and postcard mailouts and have even created a Facebook page.

The group is also organizing a charity golf tournament in memory of Lt. Clifford Rouse -- the Dougherty County Police officer who was shot and killed while chasing a robbery suspect.

That tournament is slated for Friday at Grand Island Golf Club at 1 p.m. It's a four-man scramble with a $65 per-person fee.

Randle said participants are still being sought. For more information call Jamie Knight at SB&T Bank at 430-5377.

In other business, the commission:

n Approved the sale of .0681 acres off Barnesdale Way to Sherwood Baptist Church for $2,500 for use as additional parking.

n Approved accepting a stormwater drainage easement from the East Albany Walmart along Sylvester Road.

n Approved paying $47,600 to JVS Associates, Inc., of Albany to repair the exterior stairs at the Albany Civic Center. The project was budgeted for $50,000 from SPLOST V.

n Approved the purchase of (1) Jacobsen 62306, three-wheel, seven-blade greens mower; (1) Jacobsen 62706, three-wheel, 11-blade, greens mower and (1) Jacobson 84067 Greens Sprayer from Golf Ventures West of Buford Georgia for a total expenditure of $74,968, for use at Turner Golf Course. The funding source is the Georgia Municipal Association's lease pool.

n Approved paying Jim Boyd Construction of Albany which was the lowest bidder, $62,942, to perform storm drainage improvements at 732 West Oglethorpe Boulevard. Funding will come from the Holloway Improvement budget for SPLOST V.

n Approved the purchase of three trucks -- two 2011 Ford F-750 Cab and Chassis trucks and one 2011 Ford F-450 Cab and Chassis truck -- from the low bidder, Wade Ford of Smyrna, Ga., for a total of $152,416. The funding source is the sewer enterprise fund and the GMA lease pool. The trucks are replacements for trucks used by the recreation and sewer departments.