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PAGE 2 • THE FLORALA NEWS- WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2011 Florala Police Department ARREST REPORT The Florala Police Department made the following arrests for the week of January 25-31 as follows • Braxton Lynn Curtis - public intoxication • Chester Lee Smith - public intoxication • Bobbi Bryant - criminal trespassing, 1st degree; resisting arrest • Nicole L. Kemp - criminal trespassing, 1st degree; resisting arrest • Ronnie Davis, Jr. - DUI, 1st degree • Joshua Jackson- DUI, 1st degree Florala Municipal Court to hold special session Ligl 00thouse Learning Center collecting donations for Henderson Family Anyone who thinks they may be one of the 151 local resi- dents who will be facing arrest on February 10, 2011, due to an outstanding ticket or fine at Florala Municipal Court should contact the court now to ensure they settle up before this date. According to a press release issued by Florala Munici- pal Court, the court will hold a special session on Thurs- day, February 10, beginning at 9 a.m. to allow those with old fines to come in and pay them without the addition of a warrant fee or worse, a night in the Covington County Jail. "Over 151 local warrants have already been issued that our police department will serve that day to bring the defendants before Municipal Judge John Jones," stated the release. According to court personnel, this is an attempt by the court to collect old fines and close out cases that remain open due to non payment of the imposed fines and fees. This will be the one and only time the court will hold a special session to allow residents to clear up their account at the court. For additional information residents may call Florala Municipal Court at 858-2791 and court personnel will inform them if they have an outstanding ticket or fine. OCAP office to open in Florala s a self-help agency which provides an opportunity for human dignity by providing programs which help low- income, disabled, elderly and unemployed persons. OCAP will open an office in Florala in the Municipal Court Building, 22654 Wall Avenue, next to the Florala The Organized Commu- City Hall. Individuals will nityAction Program (OCAP) need to use the door in the back of the building next to the Florala Police Depart- ment. The office will be open the second and fourth Tues- day of each month from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Clients will still need to call 334-428-2660 to sched- ule an appointment. The students and staff at Lighthouse Learning Cen- ter are accepting donations for the Mickey and Martha Henderson family of Lock- hart. On Thursday, Janu- ary 20, the family lost their home and all possessions to a house fire. For more information, call, 858-2273. All collec- tions are being held for the Hendersons. Thanks in ad- vance for helping the com- munity members at this time of need. If donating furniture, call for a drop-off time. (Top photo) Colton, Mad- alyn and Aidan help sort throught the clothes dona- tions. (At left) Makayla, Hydie, Ashton and Jade take boxes of donations for the Hender- sons. Strategic Planning Committee formed by Jan Allred Scott Farmer, with the Southeast Alabama Re- gional Planning and De- velopment Commission, addressed the Florala City Council at the last meeting concerning ways to expand city growth and create ad- Heating and c001ing y0ur largeit single What is 0000er00/00pense; i000000i00ii0n an R-Value? .= I • i * • • • • • • • • • • couple of different places. Insulation can sometimes be spotty. rest of the houi:H#Peful!/, .you;iye.:8Ot plenty of insulation :in the walls. exposed, so measn your insulation here should be easy. .... Finally, rrSqm;e !nsutation in r basement (finished :or unfinished). 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Creating a strate- gic plan will help to estab- lish one vision and mission for the city allowing officials to create goals and objec- tives as well as create an action plan that will achieve those goals. Farmer said every suc- cessful municipality has worked from strategic plan- ning because they have their goals outlined and the specific ways to meet those goals. He said the best way to move the city forward is to focus on the city's assets PAXTON ted language changes clari- fying the use of the words "city" and "franchisee" when referring to DeFuniak Springs and Paxton, re- spectively, should be imple- mented as both parties in- volved are cities. Much more pressing, she said, were the proposed conditions of the agreement that indicated a considerable (though un- specified) amount of expense in infrastructure costs to be incurred by Paxton. Bytell said an agreement that required Paxton to and plan to cash in on those assets. Mayor Robert William- son said he feels creating an outline the council can work from will help get the ball rolling. Farmer agreed say- ir/ga plan will easily iden- tify what the visions are for the city. Having strategic goals and objectives will give officials and residents the framework needed to move the city forward. Wil- liamson said he didn't want this strategic planning com- mission to be a non-action committee, he wanted it to meet a couple times a month and be productive and would like to have some type of plan within the next two months. Farmer said it was es- sential to get the public in- volved and energized about the plan as public support is necessary for it to work. He shoulder the costs of instal- lation and maintenance of natural gas lines was neither something the council indi- cated at the August meeting it was interested in pursu- ing, nor was it feasible in terms of the city's available funds and manpower. Bytell said she will make contact with representatives from DeFuniak Springs regard- ing changes to the proposal and will bring the revised document before the council for review and approval at the next meeting if changes also stressed the importance of setting workable goals. Focusing on the assets of the city, like Lake Jackson and the new amphitheater and building, is one example of a realistic scenario. Appointed to serve on the committee were Sue Ma- this, Lynn Jones, Hazel Lee, Charles and Linda Russell, Jimmy Waldrop, Jennifer Drakkar and Matt Lewis. In other business the council: • appointed Lorena Bry- ant to the Florala Utilities Board to fill the vacated po- sition of James Stone. • set a rental fee for use of the facilities at Florala City Middle School for non- profit groups. Since ,the city took over the facilities there have been several requests to waive the fees set to rent the "facilities from several see COUNCIL page 5 FROM FRONT are made. "It may have just been an oversight on [the city of De- Funiak Springs'] part or a drafting issue but it's clear that [Paxton's assumption of installation costs] is the intent of the agreement that I have," Bytell said. "I know that's completely contrary to what the council wanted. We can have a franchise agreement, but we cannot embrace the burden of the cost of installing lines, but we're not there yet. We're not even close. Fm still hold- ing fast to that." On a lighter note, the council meeting concluded with an offer by a Paxton resident to sell an unused cemetery plot back to the city. City Clerk Susan Da- vis said it was the individ- ual's wish "just to get back his money" from the origi- nal transaction, which was made in 1977. The council swiftly and unanimously approved the re-purchase of the plot. The city of Paxton will buy back the unused plot for the original purchase price of $25. Today, new cemetery plots go for $375.