The Comer Police Department has scheduled a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) drug take-back program for Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, at the police department.
Chief Dennis Bell said the program was designed to remove and destroy unwanted, excess and out of date pharmaceuticals and any other drugs in the community.
“If they voluntarily turn in the drugs, we will not ask where they came from,” he said.
Chief Bell reported to the council that his department responded to 87 calls in March. They filed nine incident reports and one Domestic Violence Report. They investigated two accidents, issued 40 citations and 29 written warnings. They made two arrests including one for DUI and drug possession. They spent 35 hours on community policing.
The council agreed to a new garbage rate. They will collect $15 per month for each standard can. This will help simplify the city’s billing process and assure better compliance to city ordinances.
City Clerk Steve Sorrells told the council that the city is losing money on their garbage service and the changes are needed to assure that the program is operating at a break-even price. The new price will go inyo effect in June of 2013.
The council learned that well #4 repairs are complete and it is flushing at a rate of 250 gallons per minute. City officials expect it to be back online with the other wells within days.
Work is under way on the city’s 50-year-old sewage system. An 1,800-foot section of line starting at the pond is being replaced this year. As of Monday, 350 feet of 12-inch line has been installed. This is a multi-year program that will continue until the entire system is replaced.
Plans for the Gazebo were approved. It will bridge the large drainage ditch near the farmers market with a 12-by-26 structure with a metal roof and will be a center piece for future city festivals.
Efforts to collect back taxes are under way. Delinquent property taxes have been reduced from nearly $37,000 to just under $13,000. The effort will continue and be eventually turned over to a collection agency. Meanwhile, the city is proposing that it receive $500,000 of the next SPLOST, if it is approved this fall. They would dedicate $400,000 to water and sewer and $100,000 to streets and capital improvements.