Brantley council talks funding projects

Published 10:32 am Thursday, September 10, 2020

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The Brantley Town Council could appropriate $6 of every ticket it receives to various accounts to help improve quality of life and safety of the town’s nearly 800 residents.

The town is expected to vote on the appropriation sometime in November.

Mayor Bernie Sullivan said at Tuesday night’s council meeting that he would like to assign the $6 the following ways:

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• $2 for the town’s pond and recreation;

• $1 for fire and rescue, with 50 cents going into each account;

• $1 for police incidentals;

• $2 for potential refurbishing of the Armory and senior center development.

“It doesn’t seem like much,” the mayor said. “But we get a lot of moving violations and photo enforcement money.”

Sullivan said that so far, the town has been able to use photo enforcement money to get projects completed such as revitalizing sidewalks, new town equipment such as trucks for the streets and sanitation crews, police cars and equipment needed for sewerage.

Councilman Daryl Elliot questioned a few things.

There is currently a ballfield being worked on in Elliot and Lorey Bogen’s district.

“I didn’t hear you mention this ballfield over here,” he said. “It’s not part of recreation, but we want it to be maintained.”

Sullivan said all of the money that went into recreation would go into keeping all parks maintained.

He said the town has money allocated to get the field up and running before they use that money.

Elliot also questioned Sullivan’s comment on it being difficult paper wise.

Sullivan explained that bookkeepers must keep up with  — on paper – how much money is in each account.

Councilwoman Georgia Bush asked the mayor to explain what police incidentals are.

“Radios, uniforms, ammunitions,” he said. “These are things not in the budget, sort of.”