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Council nixes NAACP plans to demonstrate outside Cairo High School

Cairo Mayor Bobby Burns had the rare opportunity of casting a vote Monday night to break a tie vote and deny a permit application sought by the Grady County Chapter of the NAACP to conduct a demonstration in front of Cairo High School next week.

Addleton garners support to invest in “smart” meters

After several months of consideration and discussion, the Cairo city council voted 4-1 Monday night to authorize the city manager to solicit bids for new "smart" meters for the city's water distribution system.
By moving forward with the new, automated water meters the council is also committing to shifting to "smart" meters for both electric and gas.

Council wants Hammett charged if right-of-way not cleared

The Cairo city council wants the city police and building department to begin issuing citations to Jimmy Hammett, owner of A&R Metals, if he continues to store scrap and salvage material on the city's right-of-way on 20th Street.
During Monday night's council meeting, Councilman James H. (Jimmy) Douglas asked council attorney Thomas L. Lehman for an update. Earlier, Lehman said he would research previous court action taken by the city against A&R Metals.
"All I know is it’s getting worse," Douglas said.

Audit reveals city’s financial health

A draft of the city's audited financial statements for the year ended June 30, 2016 was presented to the mayor and council Monday night.
The document shows that the city collected higher than projected revenues for the year, expenses were lower than budgeted, but long-term debt inched up slightly.
Auditor Tom Carmichael of Carr, Riggs & Ingram gave an overview of the audit to the council finance committee and then later to the full city council.

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