Amnesty for old fines through April

The Hazlehurst Municipal Court has entered an Order which gives amnesty to those who have been found guilty in Hazlehurst Municipal Court and have past due fines. This one-time amnesty program will be given during the months of February, March, and April 2008. The Order, signed by Judge Shannon, provides that if a person who has past due fines pays all outstanding fines, assessments and court costs during the months of February, March and April 2008, he will not be charged with contempt of court which would carry an additional fine and/or jail time.

Those who still owe past due fines through the court after April 2008 will be charged with contempt of court, warrants will be issued and they will be subject to additional fines and/or jail time for contempt of court.

Elsewhere in this issue of the Courier is a list of those individuals who owe past due fines. They are encouraged to contact the court clerk’s office at (601) 894-1181 if they have any questions or go to the Hazlehurst Police Department located at 202 E. Whitworth Street, Hazlehurst,  between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to pay their fines. If your name is published and you have recently paid your fine in full, please disregard this notice.

OTHER BUSINESS

During last Tuesday’s regular session of the Hazlehurst Board of Aldermen a resolution was passed to seek a Community Development Block Grant for a drainage project.

The board agreed to extend the city sewer line from the new Waffle House under Butler Street and under Highway 28 West to connect with the existing sewer line. The city will pay half the cost up to $20,000.

The Police Department was authorized to auction the 40 to 50 bicycles that have been abandoned through the years.

A 1994 Chevrolet Caprice and 2001 Crown Victoria were declared surplus and will be auctioned.

Andre Watson was hired as patrol officer.

A donation of $2000 will be made to the Mississippi Blues Foundation to support the development and promotion of the arts within the city, which covers the cost of the Blues Trail sign installed in Hazlehurst to recognize the birthplace of Robert Johnson.

John Schmidt has resigned as inspector for the HOME grant, and Robert Freeman was appointed as his replacement. Environmental, attorney, and administrator fees were authorized to be paid out of the HOME grant funds. A list of certified contractors was approved to bid on the HOME grant project, according to state guidelines. A three bedroom, two bath unit with brick exterior, approximately 1200 square feet, was chosen as the house plan for the project.

The opening of an entertainment center by Marcus Norwood at 126 Georgetown Street was taken under advisement.

Property clean-up notices will be sent to Eddie Tillman on Monticello Street and Charles Donald on Georgetown Street.

An emergency was declared to speed up repairs to the water line from South Extension Street to Kitchens Brothers. Red Oak Construction Company was authorized to replace the line for $17,429. Alderman Pickering advised that the line probably broke due to the cold weather.

Personnel was discussed in executive session, but no action was taken.

The Hazlehurst aldermen will meet again on Tuesday, February 19, at 6 p.m.

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