News Line for Perry

Perry police moving to Ford Interceptor SUVs for patrol
Perry police expect to roll out seven 2015 Ford Interceptor SUVs by month’s end, with plans to replace all patrol vehicles over time with the small sport utility vehicles.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Perry seeks leverage to get road fixed
City officials will stop issuing building permits to a subdivision until a failing road is repaired.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Perry: Fire fee will keep city safer, cheaper
The city’s new fire fee should prevent insurance bills from leaping and could bring down homeowners’ insurance rates, Perry officials said Tuesday.
Source: Macon Telegraph

‘Guns everywhere’ law perplexes midstate governments
If you’re headed to get a car tag or attend a government meeting Tuesday, don’t be surprised to find yourself standing near someone strapped with a pistol.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Perry budget doubles staffing in fire department
City residents will get a much larger fire department, but they’ll be paying for it with a new fee.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Perry budget accord nixes property tax increase
The latest city government spending plan would nix a property-tax increase by using a new fire fee.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Perry residents to get monthly fire bill
City residents will begin getting bills next month for a new fire protection fee launched Tuesday by City Council.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Future of Crossroads Apartments in Perry still uncertain
Mark and Miriam Green, of Bonaire, say they’ve been working hard to comply with mandated improvements needed to bring Crossroads Apartments up to code.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Perry strategic plan looking at new fees, more civic involvement
The city’s plan for its future began to take shape Wednesday when residents working on the strategic plan called for improved outreach to minorities and strategic partners, traffic circles at two of the city’s busy but strange intersections, and improvements for recreation.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Perry rezoning draws neighbors’ ire
Dozens of residents from around the Wooden Eagle subdivision turned out Tuesday to protest a planned gas station at a busy corner just outside the large development.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Houston, Peach leaders object to proposed state downgrades of roads
Houston and Peach county officials united Tuesday to fight proposed state downgrades of some of the area’s most important roads.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Perry may add fire fee, still increase taxes
Under a draft city budget, Perry residents would pay a new fire fee that’s doubled in the last month from an earlier proposal, as well as a property tax increase to keep the same level of government services, city officials said Monday night.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Perry's Gen. Courtney Hodges Boulevard added to downtown development district
Business owners along Perry’s dilapidated Gen. Courtney Hodges Boulevard were offered the city’s help Tuesday, but several businessmen said they didn’t want it. They got it, anyway.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Perry considering adding fire fee
On Tuesday, Perry City Council is expected to begin laying the groundwork for a fire fee that would pay for the additional firefighters needed to cover the city, which has pushed its city limits to within sight of Warner Robins.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Perry undergoes strategic planning process
At age 17, Amber Payne and Eli Guidry have a hard time seeing a future for themselves in Perry after they graduate college. Still, they said, a town hall meeting attended by more than 100 people Thursday showed them lots of potential improvements.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Perry plans new fee for fire protection
Perry City Council members indicated Monday they want to launch a new fee, of about $5 a month per house, to hire more firefighters to protect the far-flung city.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Jones to leave helm of Perry CVB
Since 2005, Sheila Jones has been at the helm of the Perry Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Houston mayors praise regional cooperation
The mayors of Centerville, Perry and Warner Robins came together Thursday to praise regional cooperation and describe some shared challenges.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Perry backs expansion of Ocmulgee National Monument
The City Council has thrown its support behind a massive increase in the size of the Ocmulgee National Monument, which ultimately could become the Ocmulgee National Park and Preserve.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Perry volunteers seek to develop strategic plan
A group formed of dozens of volunteers launched a campaign Tuesday night to try to determine what kind of future the city should plan for.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Perry buys church property to help park
The Rotary Centennial Park in Perry, one of the jewels of the city, is getting about an acre larger.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Perry annexation could bring apartments
An open field at the corner of Houston Lake Road and Ga. 127 could begin a transformation into a commercial development by the end of this summer.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Perry revives interest in building new animal shelter
The Perry Animal Shelter regularly floods. One enclosure is held shut with a dog collar. Pieces of the ceiling dangle down, and paint is flaking off everywhere. The door to what used to be the cat shelter has a giant hole eaten right through the middle by rust.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Perry officer’s act of kindness leads to friendship
A call to the Perry Police Department to check on the welfare of a resident around Thanksgiving has turned into a friendship between an officer and the man.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Midstate governments join to stretch road dollars
The path to better roads may be paved with good cooperation. Some midstate governments are again joining together to get a bulk discount on road paving, which literally stretches the work.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Perry keeps Hill Road residents in city limits
Breaking up is hard to do, and Perry City Council again decided to reject requests from Hill Road neighbors to be deannexed from the city limits.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Storm creates extra work and costs for governments
This week’s winter storm affected local governments with extra cost and work, but Middle Georgia escaped the public-service disaster experienced in Atlanta.
Source: Macon Telegraph