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Council gives final approval to $41.9 million budget

Because of a scheduling conflict with next week’s regular meeting, the Cairo City Council met Tuesday evening instead, and adopted the $41.9 million budget for 2017-2018.
Mayor Pro Tem Ernest Cloud Jr., presided over the swift meeting, which also included the approval of two requests to close streets temporarily for special events, a brief report from the city manager and an executive session to discuss real estate.
On a unanimous vote by Councilmen Cloud, Jerry Cox, James H. (Jimmy) Douglas and Lannis Thornton, the budget was adopted. Mayor Bobby Burns and Councilman Bobby Gwaltney were not in attendance. The budget of $41,961,185 is for the period of July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. Tuesday’s vote came after a public hearing on the spending plan was held on May 22. No one attended that hearing to comment on the proposed budget.

Tobar wants to apply for more state grants in hopes of improving more county roads

Grady County is in the midst of a major road improvement project on Old 179 North and County Administrator Carlos Tobar is pushing county commissioners to apply for additional grants and state funding to tackle even more.
On Tuesday night, Tobar outlined his plan to seek funding for improvements to Pine Park Road, Ridge Road and Long Branch Church Road.

County buys new equipment for road department

In an effort to make the most use of limited funding for road resurfacing, the Grady County Commission approved the purchase of some new equipment for the county road department Tuesday.
All of the purchases were unanimously approved by the three members of the board present. For the last two meetings, only Commissioners Ray Prince, T.D. David and Keith Moye have been present. Chairman Elwyn Childs is away traveling and Commissioner LaFaye Copeland is ill.

Social media fanned flames of false story

A false alarm that two fugitives from Putnam County were seen in Grady County spread like wildfire on social media last week after someone claimed they had seen them in the northern part of the county.

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