Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:57 GMT
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:03 GMT
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff. It was the first annual pigs in the park event, put on by the Georgia Narcotics Officer'sMore >>
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:47 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:47:12 GMT
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks. Police say they responded to the Dollar General on West Jackson Street around 9:15pm Friday. EmployeesMore >>
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks.
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
May 16, 2006
Albany -- Albany customers will pay about $3.00 more a month for sewer and garbage if city commissioners approve a rate increase in the upcoming budget. The $93 million proposed budget includes thousand of dollars more for gas than last year.
Every department, from public works to central services, is feeling the pinch. That has commissioners looking for ways to cut fuel costs and make up for the added expense.
Taking out the trash is about to cost more, and that's no big surprise for customers Chuck and Amy Jones. Homeowner Chuck Jones said, "Nobody like to pay extra money of course, but the cost of everything goes up."
The cost of fueling the city's public works fleet has skyrocketed. "When outside influences like the cost of fuel drive up our costs to provide that service, we have no choice but to pass that on to our consumers," said Public Works Director Phil Roberson.
Roberson says if commissioners approve the rate increase, your garbage bill will go up $1.53 a month, from $22.10 to $23.53 a month. And sewer and solid waste fees are increasing about $1.30 a month depending on your usage.
The rate increase is an unfortunate sign of the times for the Jones'. "Of course, everybody is aware that gas has gone up. And other energy will follow. It concerns me that it will perk through to the core inflation rate and that will mean everything will cost more. I just hope it's not too much," said Chuck Jones.
To offset fuel costs, public works started using semi-automated trucks which require fewer workers and pick up cans quicker so less time and money is spent on garbage collection. "So that when we do pass these rate increases onto people, they know we've done all we can do to hold the line," said Roberson.
Global positioning systems are another step the City might take to reduce fuel costs. They can track employees driving to make sure they're not misusing city vehicles, and they show the quickest routes to cut back on mileage. "Once you have the system in place, you streamline and make your operation more efficient," Roberson said.
The GPS systems are costly, about $800 a vehicle. But city leaders say they will pay for themselves if they save gas -- a necessity we're paying dearly for from our cars to our trash cans.
If commissioners approve the rate increases, you'll see higher sewer and garbage bills come July.