Danielsville council members adopted a simplified business license fee system for 2014 at their November council meeting Nov. 11.
The council adopted a flat $100 annual fee for all businesses in the city.
Previous business licenses charged a flat rate, plus an additional amount for each of the business’s employees, or a $250 annual fee for each state-licensed employee (attorneys, hairdressers, doctors, etc.).
Mayor Todd Higdon said the fee would be lower for most businesses and that he hoped it would help attract more businesses into the city.
“I think it’s a good starting point,” he said.
In other business, Higdon reviewed police chief Brenan Baird’s monthly police report for October. Higdon noted the department’s progress under Baird’s leadership and with the new officers on board.
“These guys are doing a good job,” Higdon said.
He noted that Baird has been conducting training classes with the new officers and going over the department’s operating procedures. Officers are also being trained in use of force.
The report provided a detailed breakdown for the calls for service for the month as well as administrative costs. Baird noted in his report that administrative costs were up considerably for October due to the expense of outfitting the new officers with the necessary tools to serve the city.
Higdon reported that the maintenance department has almost completed refurbishing the town’s many sidewalks.
Also, the council voted to give $500 each in proceeds from the Danielsville Fall Festival to The Madison County Food Bank, the Danielsville Volunteer Fire Department and the Madison-Oglethorpe Animal Shelter. Higdon and the council noted that all three groups provide important services to Danielsville and to the county.
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