Gurr says tough decisions need to be made - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Gurr says tough decisions need to be made

Posted: Updated:
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Purge threats target multiple U.S. cities

    Purge threats target multiple U.S. cities

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 4:43 AM EDT2014-08-27 08:43:33 GMT

    The Dougherty County Sheriff's Office and the Albany Gang Unit will be in on high alert this weekend after "Purge" threats hit social media. Albany is one of several cities that has been targeted. It mimics the 2013 horror film, "The Purge." 

    More >>

    The Dougherty County Sheriff's Office and the Albany Gang Unit will be in on high alert this weekend after "Purge" threats hit social media. Albany is one of several cities that has been targeted. It mimics the 2013 horror film, "The Purge." 

    More >>
  • Mars celebrates 50 years in Albany

    Mars celebrates 50 years in Albany

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 12:05 AM EDT2014-08-27 04:05:12 GMT
    Albany city commissioners passed a resolution Tuesday night honoring one of the city's tastiest factories.More >>
    Albany city commissioners passed a resolution Tuesday night honoring one of the city's tastiest factories.More >>
  • Alice Coachman Resolution Approved

    Alice Coachman Resolution Approved

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 11:59 PM EDT2014-08-27 03:59:04 GMT
    Bradford Jones, Coachman's Son-in-lawBradford Jones, Coachman's Son-in-law
    An Olympic legend from Albany is honored by home town leaders. Mayor Dorothy Hubbard presented a resolution honoring Alice Coachman to her son-in-law. More >>
    An Olympic legend from Albany is honored by home town leaders. Mayor Dorothy Hubbard presented a resolution honoring Alice Coachman to her son-in-law. More >>

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

January 13, 2009

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany City Commissioner doesn't want to give the Flint Riverquarium more of your tax money. He says the money should be spent to improve public safety.

Commissioner Morris Gurr voted against giving the Riverquarium any more money Tuesday. Riverquarium managers asked the city for $50,000. Gurr wants to use that money to put up street lights in alleys in crime riddled neighborhoods.

Riverquarium CEO Scott Loehr approached the city commission Tuesday morning to ask for an additional $50,000 from the city to help fund the Riverquarium. That's on top of $250,000 the city already gave the center this fiscal year. Money that's tough to come by these days.

"All indications are that these are some hard economic times for us," said Commissioner Morris Gurr.  He made it clear after Loehr made his request, he was not in favor of additional funding.

"I will not be voting to support another $50,000 to the Riverquarium," Gurr said.  He said if the city can find $50,000 to spend, he has an idea where they can use it. He wants alleys in crime infested neighborhoods lit up.

"It would give them a sense of security, better quality of life, being able to just go out and put the trash out after dark."

He's estimated that 500 lights could be installed in alleys throughout the city. Interim Police Chief Wilma Griffin says she thinks it's a good idea.  She said, "I think perhaps the citizens will feel more comfortable with more lighting and it hopefully will deter, normally it does deter crime."

"In dark," said Gurr, "things seem to multiply, bad things, and you keep a light on the area, in the area, as much light as you can keep in there, it usually helps deter."

The city could pay for the program using some of the money the now defunct ATI board will no longer need. The City Manager is looking into how feasible the project is, and commissioners will discuss it at a future meeting.

The commission tentatively voted to give the Riverquarium $25,000 if the county also agrees to donate $25,000. Commissioner Gurr voted against that motion.

Feedback