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City council says it wants to avoid court battle with Grady County

Cairo city officials made it clear to Grady County administrator Carlos Tobar Monday night that they do not want to take the issue to court, but that they want a “service delivery strategy” approved by Grady County Commissioners last week to be executed as written.
The Cairo Mayor and Council, Tobar and Steve O’Neil of the Southwest Georgia Regional Commission reviewed the document, which had been prepared by Tobar with assistance from O'Neil.

Planning commission grants one variance, denies a second

Planning commission grants one variance, denies a second
A Cairo business man got one of two variances he was seeking from the Cairo Planning Commission Thursday night, and commissioners agreed to look into the issue of "tiny houses" and what restrictions should be placed on them as requested by the Cairo mayor and council.
Jeremiah Horne of Ethan Jackson Investment, LLC, sought variances from the city's zoning restrictions due to failure to meet set back requirements for structures he has built or is in the process of building at 312 Third Street N.E. and 409 Fourth Avenue N.E.

Christmas parade is next Thursday night

The annual Cairo Christmas Parade is set for next Thursday and this year's parade will feature some pre-parade entertainment downtown as well as food vendors selling goodies for parade goers.
On Monday night, the Cairo City Council approved a request from Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President Jenny Law to close North Broad Street from Second Avenue N.E. to Third Avenue N.E. According to Ms. Law, this would allow for students from Cairo Acrobatics and Off Broad Street Dance Company to perform from 5:15 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.

Health Dept. schedules “WIC Days”

 The Grady County Health Department aims to make it easier for eligible residents to begin receiving WIC benefits or to become recertified for WIC, the nutritional supplement program for women, infants and children, says Grady County Health Department Manager Peggy Connell, RN.
“The majority of our staff will be handling WIC services from 8 a.m. through 4 p.m. on those days,” Connell said.

Council votes to end comp time for city employees

It took a vote from Cairo Mayor Bobby Burns Monday night to break a 2-2 tie on a motion to eliminate compensatory time for city employees effective Jan. 1, 2016.
Councilman James H. (Jimmy) Douglas offered a motion to adopt a policy eliminating comp time and his motion was seconded by Councilman Lannis Thornton.
Douglas and Thornton voted to adopt the new policy and Councilman Kermit Gilliard voted in opposition. Councilman Ernest Cloud voiced his intention to abstain.

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