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PAGE 2 THE FLORALA NEWS- WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2011 Florala Police Department [ mmun ARREST REPORT Iorala woman mlssln in The Florala Police Department made the following arrests for the week of March 1-7 are as follows: Angelia Bryan Worley - warrant Got a new appliance? avai Residents who recently bought an Energy Star-labeled appliance, may be eligible for an unexpected bonus: a $25 to $150 rebate. About $150,000 in rebates remain available for residents through the Alabama Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate program. The Alabama Department of Economic and Com- munity Affairs launched the program in 2010 with funds from the U.S. Department of Energy to encourage resi- dents to replace old inefficient appliances that are costly to operate with new energy-efficient models. So far, ADECA has provided 33,975 rebates to Alabama residents totaling more than $3.7 million. According to ADECA Director Jim Byard, the limited amount still available is because some residents reserved a rebate but did not purchase an appliance or did not mail in the required documentation. "The rebate has been popular with consumers looking for a bargain," Byard said, "but the program has many other benefits: Alabama merchants get increased sales, consum- ers get lower utility bills, demand for imported oil is re- duced and a bit less pollution is created." Rebates are available for five appliance types: room air conditioners, $25; freezers, $50; dishwashers, $75; clothes washers, $100; and standard-size refrigerators, $150. To be eligible, appliances must have an Energy Star label and be purchased from a retail store on or after April 19, 2010. State residents can reserve a rebate by visiting or calling toll-free (877) 856-6645. Consumers who apply for rebates will have 15 days to mail the applica- tion form and purchase validation. The program is open to Alabamians age 18 and olde and is limited to one rebate per appliance type and no more than two rebates per household. Approved applicants will receive a Visa Prepaid Card by marl. The cards can be used anywhere Visa is accepted. To check the current fund balance, go to www.alrebates. com. A missing Leader Dog and a companion dog pro- vided by Leader Dogs for the Blind has been reported. The Leader Dog is a guide dog for a Florala resident Wanda Scroggins who re- sides on North Creek Road. The Leader Dog, named Harley, along with a com- panion dog, named Thea, was reported missing as of Sunday afternoon, March 6 at approximately 1 p.m. Leader Dogs for the Blind is asking for the communi- ty's assistance to help locate and retrieve these dogs. If someone encounters a stray dog, it is best to contact lo- cal authorities and not ap- proach or retrieve the dog. Harley is a male golden retriever who is 1 year, 5 months old; gold colored; no distinctive markings; 63 pounds.; 22 inches at the shoulder. Harley is micro- chipped and is wearing a Leader Dog tag. Vet clin- ics, Humane Society loca- tions and many shelters and rescues can scan dogs with micro-chips. Thea is a female golden retriever; 2 years, 1 month old; gold colored; no distinc- tive markings; 55 pounds. Leader Dogs for the Blind provides guide dogs to people who are blind and visually impaired to enhance their mobility, independence and quality of life. Many clients rely on their Leader Dog for their day-to-day routine in- cluding travel to work and school. The Community's help in bringing Harley and Thea home is greatly need- ed. Contact the following au- thorities if found: Florala Police Department (334) 858-3244, Lockhart Police Department (334) 858-3355. Leader Dogs for the Blind is a nonprofit organization that has been providing in- dependent travel to people who are blind through the use of Leader Dogs since its founding in 1939. Over the years, Leader Dogs for the Blind has provided in- dependent mobility to more than 14,000 individuals. The services of the school are provided free of charge, The organization also pro- Wanda Scroggins and Harley. vides classes for orientation and mobility, pedestrian GPS and a summer camp for teens. For more informa- I by Jan Allred The Florala City Council received their first quar- ter financial reports from because there were several factors causing the shortage and Williamson said he felt things would work out by $1,450 over their gas bud- get; unemployment insur- ance was $5,146 more than anticipated; the purchase of Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Memphis! Mayor Robert Williamson the end of the year. office supplies is $1,000 over [ New for Spring Break 2011! I at their regular meeting on According to William- budget; and an overlooked The Wonderful Wizard of Oz now open to I February 28 and the hews son, there have been sev-court cost of $15,791, which June 12 I was grim. The report shows eral expenses the city didn't is state mandated, and was I ~~ .See a .live,, tornado and create an earthquake' that the city is $23,000 in anticipate such as the onenot included in the budget in the brand-new Tornado & Earthquake exhibits] the hole at this point in the time pay raises, which washad to be paid; which puts I q-m *Half price Friday Family Nights 5-7pm i year. $13,712 which were not bud- the city budget at $43,549 I T~heCh~]~e~l~ *New P,=scape Park toddler area(4 & under) I geted; inmate housing has over what the council had ! MUSetlm However, City Clerk -been more than'expected at : anticipated expense wise. /" 0fMe s Open 7 Days a Week 9am-hpm! I Kathy Rathel said there was $13,061. Rathel explained it was the L cmo com 901-458-2678 * CMOM.COM J no need to actually panic The police department wayit was budgeted because By David S. Stewart Alabama Power Company Always on. 2011 Alabama Power Company has spent $3,016 of their $3,600 budget for the year. The council had budgeted $300 a month for the po- lice department to purchase supplies but during the first quarter the police depart- ment had a purchase that has basically eaten up al- most their entire budget. If there are no unexpect- ed expenses, Williamson ex- pects the police department budget to work itself out. Fuel costs are up because the city no longer buys fuel from the county and the rise in gas prices. The police department is $2,000 over what the council budgeted for their gas at this point. The street department is it was done as a net not in the expenses and that was why it was so much. She said it was still $7,000 short and reminded the council that the state changed a lot of the court costs statewide and there was no way the council could have antici- Pated that increase when compiling the budget. Williamson said sales tax revenue is up about $20,000 more than what was an- ticipated and that was good for the budget because the outlook would be grimmer if the tax revenue had not substantially increased. Some good news was some good news was that the city's insurance would be $12,000 less than budgeted. .... ......... ................ .................. i ........... :: .............. ................................ iii i: t!ii!if!}"i~~N,, NN!~::~fgI ~ii~i~ ~J~li::i'. ..... ~z ~,.~'" ~" I1~ ~. 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The price of fuel is something that scares him because it appears to be continually rising with no end in sight. Another thing that has affected the city's budget is the old city school property. When the city took over the property from the county after the school was closed there was really no way to predict what it would cost to maintain it so it was hard to appropriate budget wise for the property.Next year it will be easier to budget for the property because the city will have this year's op- erating expenses to use as a guideline. Williamson encouraged the council to contact him anytime they had a ques- tion or concern about the budget. In other business the council: approved minutes from the February 14, 2011 meet- ing as written. were informed that the roads at Greenwood Cem- etery have been repaved. approved the accounts payable. re-appointed Sherrie Mitchell to the Florala Rec- reational Board. Mitchell has already served one term on the board and the council received a letter from recre- ational board asking she be appointed, canceled the regular- ly scheduled meeting for March 14, 2011 because Wil- liamson will be out of town. The next regularly sched- uled meeting of the Flo- rala City Council will be on March 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the Florala City Council Cham- bers.