The Albany City Commission was about the give up on recouping more than a quarter of a million dollars on the Cutliff Grove Family Resource Center Project that never even broke ground. Thank goodness, enough concerned taxpayers spoke up and the commission reversed itself.
The commission is now asking the district attorney to investigate just what happened to the money. It is about time. These are our tax dollars. Property tax payers are footing the bill. The taxpayers deserve an accounting of what happened to the money.
Taxpayers need to know if the money was actually spent on preparations for this housing project. If not, who ended up with the money? We trust our district attorney’s office will get to the bottom of this and hold responsible parties accountable.
Needs everyone’s help
You can hardly watch the news without seeing more crime than you would hope exists in our area. But a recent change in the CrimeStoppers program might just help decrease those stories.
CrimeStoppers is a non-profit organization run by volunteers who want to get criminals off the street. People who call in a tip can receive a cash award, and they do not have to go to the police department, or have their name publicized.
The hotline used to be just an answering machine, but now it’s answered by a person around the clock, seven days a week, and the information is immediately relayed to law enforcement officers.
And they say it’s working. The system is even able to relay crime tips to officers on their Blackberries, so they can respond quickly.
The City of Albany put $12,000 in its budget to make sure CrimeStoppers kept answering those anonymous reports of crime from concerned citizens, and we say that’s money well-spent.
Though the city is helping with funding, the program needs private donations as well.
You can go to their website, www.AlbanyCrimestoppers.com, to donate. They will hold a golf fund-raiser Sept. 17 at Grand Island. If you’re a golfer, we encourage you to participate.
Call 430-5377 or 878-0071 for sign up information. Let’s all do what we can to stop crime.
lead and players follow
Following a high school Football scrimmage between Fitzgerald and Wilcox County, a brawl broke out on the field. The melee involved coaches, players and even fans.
We agree with one of the superintendents who said she is embarrassed over the incident. As well she should be. But the biggest embarrassment is the whole thing started when two opposing coaches had words with one another.
This is the antithesis of good sportsmanship. The coaches should be setting a good example for the student athletes they mentor.
We understand in the heat of a physical and emotional struggle of a football game, there can be momentary lapses in good judgment by young players. But coaches are not allowed such lapses.
The Georgia High Association fined the two schools and put them on “severe warning status.” Let’s hope that’s all it will take for these two schools to be models of good sportsmanship.
Written by Jim Wilcox, general manager of WALB.