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Commission okays votes on new jail, Sunday sales

The Lamar County commission is expected to vote tonight on whether or not to call a special election which will include referendums for construction of a new jail and Sunday alcohol sales. If either or both are approved, the election will be held on March 19, 2019. UPDATE: The vote on the new jail was approved unanimously. The vote on Sunday sales passed 3-2 with commissioners Bennie Horton and Robert Heiney voting yes and Nancy Thrash and Ryran Traylor voting no. Chairman Charles Glass broke the tie, noting the voters should decide. The referendum for the new jail would call for a bond issue of $15.5 million to construct the facility adjacent to the current jail on Roberta Drive where the rodeo arena is now. The old jail could be converted into an animal shelter. That is a SPLOST project buoyed by a local fundraising drive. The current jail was completed in 1994. ‘The maintenance costs on the current jail are horrendous,’ commission Charles Glass reported at last month’s meeting. The commission received a petition earlier this year on the matter of Sunday alcohol sales. A vote on the matter has been tabled twice but a decision must be made tonight if the question is to go on the March ballot. Tonight’s meeting is set for 7 p.m. in the commission meeting room on the second floor of the courthouse.

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