City may add fees to charges, tickets

Published 12:30 am Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Andalusia City Council on Tuesday agreed to explore the possibility of adding technology fees to all criminal and traffic charges in the city. The fees would fund new technology for the department.

Police Chief Paul Hudson presented the idea to the council. While the department is required to have certain technology in each patrol vehicle he said, that technology is not funded.

Council members asked city attorney Mark Christensen to research what state law allows the city to assess, and to draft an ordinance to that effect.

Council members also heard from Jeremy McMath of Civil Southeast Engineering regarding the design of a proposed sidewalk project for which the city has received grant funding. The project would extend the sidewalk on Dunson Street down Prestwood Bridge Road to Cedar Drive or farther.

McMath is to present a more detailed projection of costs by the council’s second meeting in February before council members authorize the letting of bids.

In other business, the council:

• Assigned abatement costs of $299 to property at 307 Snowden Drive. The costs will be added to the property owner’s ad valorem taxes.

• Announced an opening on the utilities board.