Emerson council greenlights addition to police fine schedule
by Jessica Loeding
Aug 14, 2012 | 1552 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Emerson made short order of their first meeting since adopting a millage rate in July.

The city council voted Monday night to approve a resolution adding a fine to the city’s schedule for tickets written to commercial drivers.

City Manager Kevin McBurnett said, “[Motor Carrier Compliance Division officers], they can write tickets for all your [Code of Federal Regulations] codes. There is a law on the Georgia books ... 40-1-8, and it allows you to be able to write for CFR code violations and that’s what that one is. What is that one [fine] set at, $125? One hundred and twenty-five dollars, which would be in line with all our other fines.”

McBurnett said the resolution would allow the tickets to be paid in municipal court, thus bringing in revenue for the city. The officer writing the tickets works for MCCD, a state agency.

The council also:

• Held a public hearing and a first reading on an amendment to the fiscal year 2013 budget to reflect the expected property tax revenue. The millage rate was approved in July and is expected to bring in almost $110,000 for the city.

• Approved the plan for 45 Waterside Drive.

• Approved the resolution and master lease for the Georgia Municipal Lease Program. Under the program, Emerson could apply for financing to purchase equipment.

McBurnett said the resolution does not lock the city into any agreement, it merely makes offers the opportunity should the city choose to apply in the future.

Emerson City Council will meet next Monday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. at city hall.