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City commissioners approve cameras, demolitions

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By Len Kiese - bio | email

September 23, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - More Albany eyesores will soon come tumbling down. The Albany Dougherty Historic Preservation Commission wants a rundown home on Residence Avenue and two homes on First Avenue to be demolished.

Tuesday night, Albany city commissioners gave the Planning and Development Services Department the go ahead to issue demolition permits.

Commissioners also approved the issuance of a rehabilitation permit for properties in the 300 block of Highland Avenue. They'll be used for office and retail space.

Albany police will have some extra eyes watching the streets thanks to technology. The city will use more than $319,000 in sales tax money to purchase and install a wireless video management system from Motorola.

Commissioners gave final approval Tuesday night. 15 cameras will watch over the downtown area and can be moved to other parts of the city. The captured images will be monitored at the 911 center. City leaders hope the cameras will help crack down on crime.

After some debate, city of Albany employees have a new healthcare plan that gives them choice. Tuesday night, Commissioners approved a new Public Employees Group Health Plan with Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

Phoebe Putney is the in-network hospital but Palmyra is also covered and that hospital will give city employees the same breaks they get at Phoebe. The plan goes into effect January 1st.