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PAGE 2 THEFLORALA NEWS- WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 2015 I Florala Police Department ARREST REPORT I The Florala Police Department reported ing to elude the following arrests forApril 14-21,2015. Johnny F. Johnson - warrant (county), possession of controlled substance, pos- session of marijuana II, possession of drug paraphernalia Robert E. Brown - failure to appear Rabon - domestic violence III, attempt- historian on the origin of Alabama State Parks, but I have doubts as to whether they were ever designed to be profit- able. Isn't it possible, maybe even probable, they were part of the David L. Vickers - driving under influ- ence - alcohol, disorderly conduct David Matthew Hayden - bringing stolen property into state, pistol without permit ***All subjects listed above are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. PARK our soon-to-be-erected city park because we don't want to spend $700 a year, or about $58 a month, to main- tain it. I understand cost-cutting measures, but shaving from an in- flated budget typically original isn't effective when simply.trimming away tiny morsels, especially when those morsels serve the appetite of hundreds of thousands, offering recreational op- portunities, the chance to enjoy nature, not to mention, pumping thou- sands of dollars into the local economy. "Here's an idea for cost-cutting, and it's one we implemented in 2008 after coming into office and realizing that Florala had substan- tial fiscal health prob- lems. Several members of our city government refused to accept pay until we were in better financial standing. Cut- ting public amenities was not an option. After all, the taxpayer should not be made to pay for bad decision-making, regardless of which administration was re-' sponsible. We deemed it our responsibility to male repairs at our ex- pense, not the citizens. "I am certainly not a 467_+ Acres. Divided should be Properly mar- keted so citizens know of its intrinsic value rather that cast in some ill-gotten game. "I am not arguing against a tax increase, it might very well be needed. However, where Florala State Park is concerned, it's a lake and not leverage, a park and not a pawn, or at least shouldn't be. This is one Park Place that I request not be made part of a politi- cal game of Monopoly," concluded Williamson. As the future of Flo- rala State Park remains in question politicians continue to weigh in on the issue. State Senator 'Jimmy Holley said the parks are a great asset but the funding crisis is very real. "We've got to balance the budget," Holley said. "The Con- stitution says we can only spend that which is collected We have to determine what that will be and allocate re- sources accordingly." Bentley has proposed a $700 million revenue package that has found little support in the leg- islature. Representative Mike Jones said both he and Holley have been on the front line fighting for state parks for a long conservation movement, built for the intent to be enjoyed by Alabama citizens and to attract tourists from other states, who might not spend at the local parks, but do in the lo- cal communities, mean- ing additional tax dol- lars for every level of government, including state? I would be will- ing to bet each of the parks on the current ,endangered list" has qualities unique to it and, possibly, found no- where else in the state, or maybe even country. At the Florala State Park, we are home to the only natural lake in Alabama, Lake Jack- son, a geological marvel, in that it is a massive sinkhole fed exclusive- ly by rainwater with an extremely delicate eco-system which natu- rally filters the water and makes it one of the most pristine in the Heart of Dixie. Such parks should not be on some improper ,"mark it gone" list. Instead, Excellent Sod Farm ............ Pecan Orchard Easy Access to 1-20  ForDetails 1800.323.8388 AUCI"IONS A MarkNet Alliance Member. AAL 743.10 Bp your septic system, and is designed to eliminate emptying the Septic tank, we have one user that has gone 18 years without emptying his septic tank, RidX advertises millions of bacteria per bag, TBST has 22iaa:e:i:iba r rn Supp,y '' CITY tion of $15,000 towards the project over the next two years. Pickup fees for yard debris, etcetera have been increased from $40 to $100 per dump truck load by the coun" cil. Residents are al- lowed one free pick-up per month, but any sub- sequent loads will now be $100. Mayor Rob- ert Williamson stated, "Very seldom does a resident use more than one load...and we are not in business of pick- ing up commercial gar- bage/debris." Additional pick-up costs will be added to the resident's garbage bill. Parking issues were discussed by the coun- cil. Williamson asked if the council would FROM FRONT time. "One thing that helps is that Frank Jack- son Park is now operat- ing in the green." Jones said. "I understand the mechanism they are using in these consid- erations is a three-year period of time. My ar- gument is we now have things in place at Frank Lake Jackson to bring in more revenue." He also said the revenue shortfall is very real but he thinks they will get a lot done further down the road. Both Holl@ and Jones said the funding crisis would also affect all other agencies in the general fund, includ- ing Medicaid, the state malth department, prisons, mental health and Alabama State Troopers. Williamson said he will continue his fight to keep Florala State Park open and encour- aged residents to con- tact Holley, Jones and other state officials and tell them you want the park to stay open. The closing of Florala State Park will have a tre- mendous impact on the city's economy and it is imperative local'of- ficials and residents do everything possible to keep the park open. FROM FRONT ii!iii!iiii!i!iiii!i!ii!iiiiii iiii!iiiii!ili!?iiiiiii!!'i iJiiii:i}iiiiiiiii!iiii:i:i .............. iiiiiiiiiiiii]i]i]i]iiiiiiiiiiiiiiii]iiii[i! i:i!:!ii!i;: ii!iiiiiii!ii:i]:!i:!iiii!i! .... : [:iiiiiii]i]ii!ii:;}i!ili!iiii!iiii Larry D. Rafey, P.A., at Healthmark Walk-In Clinic, has announced his retirement. The staff and management of Healthmark Regional Medical Center extend sincere thanks for his many years of service and best wishes for a relaxing, enjoyable retirement. Any patients wishing to pick up medical records should call (850) 951-4556, appropriate $500 for signs directing motor- ists on main street to additional parking on side streets. Following a brief discussion no ac- tion was taken but the issue will be addressed at a later date. Recent retiree Munic- ipal Magistrate Jenell Hill was honored with a resolution honoring her 35 years of service to the city. She began her tenure as a dispatcher at the Florala Police Department. In other business the council: approved minutes of March 23 meeting approved accounts payable approved a recom- mendation from the Florala Planning and Zoning Board to ap- point Jimmy Waldrop as a board member approved travel and expenses for City Clerk Kathy Rathel to attend a June summer conference regarding upcoming municipal elections. 1 approved a pay rate of $13.00 per hour for Court Magistrate Aaron Jenkins. agreed to get a re- altor's unqualified opin- ion on the value of the American Legion build" ing on 4th Street. The building has recently reverted back to the city due to non-use and someone is interested in purchasing the prop- erty. discussed the pos- sibility of repairing or demolishing the old fire department bay locat- ed beside Florala City Hall. COVINGTONCOUNTY .E-911 Report For Florala Area APRIL 13 6:48 am - Osage St, Lockhart - police call 6:52 am - Glen Chambers Rd, Florala - EMS call 8:31 am - Sixth Ave, Florala - police call 9:59 am - Sixth Ave, Florala - information 11:35 am - Goldenrod Ave, Florala - EMS call 1:55 pm - Third St, Florala - EMS call 3:03 pm - Country Cross Rd, Florala - EMS call 5:30 pm - Cherokee Ave, Lockhart - police call 7:06 pm - Fourth Ave, Florala - police call 7:22 pm - Fifth Ave, Florala - information 8:07 pm- Sixth St, Florala - police call 8:1.1 pm - US Hwy 331, Florala - police call 9:49 pm -Fifth Ave & Sixth Ave, Florala - police call 10:03 pm - Eighth Ave & Sixth St, Florala - police call APRIL 14 1:32 pm - Seventh St, Florala - police call 2:30 pm - Goldenrod Ave, Florala - EMS call 3:55 pm.- Florala - 911 hangup 5:17 pm - Goldenrod Ave, Florala - EMS call 10:27 pm Sixth St, Florala - police call APRIL 15 12:04 am - Pecan St, Florala - police call 4:15 am - Glen Chambers Rd, Florala - EMS call 9:25 am - Fourth St, Florala- EMS call 12:07 pm - Finks Mill Rd, Florala - police call " 9:47 pm - Osage St, Lockhart - EMS call 5:25 pm 5:36 pm 7:25 pm hangup APRIL 16 12:24 pm - Sixth Ave, Florala - information 12:47 pm -Water Tank Dr, Lockhart- dial- ing mistake 5:14 pm - Fifth Ave, Florala - police call - Joel Ln, Florala - police call - Fifth Ave, Florala - 911 hangup - McPhail Farm Rd, Florala - 911 8:39 pm - Glen Chambers Rd &AL Hwy55, ' Florala - police call 8:59 pm - Fifth Ave, Florala - 911 hangup 9:35 pm - Osage St, Lockhart - police call 11:57 pm - Osage St, Lockhart- police call APRIL 17 8:53 am - Osage St, Lockhart -police call 7:43 pm - Water Tank Dr, Lockhart - 91 hangup 11:36 pm - McPhail Farm Rd, Florala - po- lice call APRIL 18 8:10 am - Fourth St, Florala - EMS call 8:18 am - Sixth St, Florala - police call 12:24 pm - Sixth St, Florala - fire call 1:39 pm - Fifth Ave, Florala - EMS call 2:11 pm - Fifth Ave, Florala - duplicate call 2:20 pm - Goldenrod Ave, Florala - EMS call 4:27 call 5:24 8:08 call 8:11 8:30 9:02 pm - Goldenrod Ave,-Florala - police pm -Alabama St, Lockhart- EMS call pm - Still Pond Rd, Florala - police pm - Sixth St, Florala - police call pm - Twelfth Ave, Florala - police call pm - Fifth Ave, Florala - information APRIL 19 5:03 am - Thorn Rd, Florala - 911 hangup 5:05 am - Cannon Dr, Paxton- police call 7:42 am - Juniper St, Florala - police call 10:06 am -Apartment Dr, Florala - police call 11:56 am - Fifth Avel Florala - 911 hangup 1:47 pm - Hilary Ln, Florala - police call 2:15 pm - Lockhart - 911 hangup. 5:33 pm - H and B Ln, Florala - EMS call 7:49 pm - Oneida St, Lockhart - 911 hangup 9:35 pm - Sixth Ave, Florala - police call APRIL 20 5:46 am -AL Hwy 55, Florala - police call 5:47 am - North Creek Rd, Florala - police call 10:47 am - Fourth St, Florala - police call 1:42 pm - Lockhart - 911 hangup 8:07 pm - Fifth Ave, Florala - 911 hangup 9:37 pm - Osage St, Lockhart - police call i DON'T TEXT AND DRIVE! 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