Euharlee increases fines, discusses traffic signals
by Amanda Stegall
Oct 05, 2011 | 1538 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Citizens of Euharlee can expect to pay larger fines for various crimes in the future as the city council voted to accept all proposed amendments to fines and forfeitures listed in a city ordinance Tuesday night at their regularly called meeting.

Among those changed fines are a teenage curfew violation with a fine of $200. The time frame for the curfew may be decided by the council. Other violations would include interference with an officer with a $200 fine and resisting an officer could cost offenders up to $1,000.

Fine changes also include either adding increased percentage rates or doubling the fines for speeding in a school or construction zone along with raising the driving under the influence of drugs to the same rate as driving under the influence of alcohol.

The council also approved the purchase of an electronic finger print scanner for the police department.

Various needs throughout the city also were approved as drainage problems at Milam Circle have been causing potential flood issues for neighbors and expense expectations for Joe Cowan Park were amended based on grading discoveries.

The Covered Bridge Store was granted an extra security door for protection with slight modifications to decoration and door handles per the city's request.

Traffic signals at the two schools remain a debate for the city in determining how to control the light during school sessions and holidays as well as whether or not the lights would alleviate traffic congestion in the morning and afternoon on week days.

"I don't know that traffic lights are the answer to the problem," Mayor Kathy Foulk said. "There are still going to be those parents who think they can make the yellow light and cause an accident."

The hot topic will continue to be discussed as the city conducts further research on the matter.