Duluth police receive more money from city

DULUTH - The Duluth Police Department will benefit from a series of budget transfers that will bring the officers new uniform materials and give them access to more essential repairs and maintenance for vehicles.

The actions were approved by the City Council and do not affect the city budget's bottom line, Mayor Shirley Lasseter said.

The amount of $10,107.91 also will cover additional electrical costs that occurred after the department's earlier-than-expected move into its new public safety center.

The money also will cover the costs of tags and titles for police vehicles. The county now requires the city to buy the tags, Lasseter said.

One of the larger line item transfers, amounting to $3,156.50, will go to Parks and Recreation to help pay the costs of irrigation, one utility bill that rose higher than expected because of the hot, dry weather.

A highlight of the night was the introduction of the members of the (Pony) Duluth Wildcat All-Star team for 14-year-old boys who won the Georgia State Dixie Boys State Championship in mid-July in Albany. The group included the coaches, all of whom had shaved their heads on a promise to the team if they walked off with the top prize.

"This is the first-ever championship for Shorty Howell Park," the mayor said. "We're really proud of you and your perfect 5-0 record."

Also Monday, the council removed the mandatory requirement to forward fingerprints to state and federal authorities, including the FBI, in connection with alcoholic beverage licensing.

The panel also approved another "Battle of the Bands" event for April 14 in the amphitheater and Town Green.

"They're always a lot of fun," Lasseter said.

The approval granted a waiver of rental fees for the Duluth Interact Club to host the event and means the city would co-sponsor the musical event by providing staff assistance.

In ceremonial matters at the beginning of the meeting, at 35 minutes one of the shortest on record, Lasseter swore in 15 new board members who were approved to serve on city boards on July 24. The group included five members of the alcohol review board.

Mayor pro-tem Douglas Mundrick then administered the oath to Lasseter to serve on the capital reserve investment committee.