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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

January  26, 2009

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany and Dougherty County Commissioners want to work better together to solve the community's most serious problems.   On the top of the agenda is crime.   They also want to make Albany a more business friendly environment.    

As the economy continues on a downward spiral, it seems crime is on the increase. "Over the last two years, it's just become absolutely magnified, the crime issue in our community," said Dougherty County Commission Chairman Jeff Sinyard.

Whether perception or reality, Sinyard says it's an issue the city and county must address together. 

 "We've also got to come together, the city and county and try to put together absolute programs, put in specifics that can solve some of these problems and reduce these crime rates."

Commissioner Lamar Hudgins agrees. "Crime is certainly something we have got to get a grip on and be sure people are put away who are committing crimes."

In an effort to give back a sense of safety to the people who live here.  "We have to give our folks hope and the only hope is to make sure you have a community you can live safely in, have the basic fundamentals and have a chance to grow and prosper."

Sinyard hopes by having all commissioners at one table, they can put community wide programs in place to reduce crime in Dougherty County.

The joint meeting could occur in the next three weeks, but a date has not been set.

Chairman Sinyard also wants both commissions to work together to make the area more business friendly.  He says business owners and those interested in opening up shop need one place to turn for step by step instructions on getting their business going. 

"You can't sell your community if you don't have crime under control and you don't have a pro-business environment. These are two critical issues. Once you get those moving in the right direction, then your product becomes so much better."

Sinyard also says government employees who don't perform at 100% need to remember the taxpayers pay their salaries. He says if they aren't up to par, they should find work elsewhere.

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