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      Commission hears from concerned citizens and annual reports

      They also heard annual reports from the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit and Keep-Albany Dougherty Beautiful. / Courtney Highfield


      The Dougherty County Commission held a regular session meeting Monday morning.

      Commissioners first heard from a concerned citizen group regarding board appointments. Residents spoke out about their concerns with the hospital authority board. The first resident claims he was told he would be nominated for the board and wasn't, he felt the reason he wasn't nominated was unethical. The second resident said she didn't think the way Palmyra was bought was legal and that rules were broken in the process. Another resident went before the board saying she doesn't feel those on the hospital authority board are making decisions with integrity. The third resident also agreed with the second saying she felt the buy of Palmyra was illegal and feels Phoebe has too much power in the community.

      They also heard annual reports from the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit and Keep-Albany Dougherty Beautiful.

      For ADDU, they've had 554 arrests, 1126 total charges, 463 traffic citations, 58 traffic arrests, and 92 total searches this year. The total value of seized drugs is $999,145.29 and total value of seized property is $41,541.70.

      Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful this year has had 36,419 volunteers donate 84,723 hours of environmental service. During the annual river cleanup they removed 5,400 pounds of debris. Dougherty County schools collected 3,104 pounds of recyclables during the school year thanks to a $10,000 grant from MillerCoors.

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