From today’s Sentinel:

City eliminating 22 jobs
By Bobby Moore
Staff Writer
The Douglasville City Council Monday at its regular meeting voted 6-1 to adopt a resolution eliminating the funding of 22 jobs for the entire 2009/2010 fiscal year budget.

Councilman Charles Banks cast the lone vote against the resolution.

City Manager Bill Osborne said the proposed job cuts will save the city approximately $1 million in expenditures next fiscal year.

According to the resolution, nine of the 22 positions will lose funding after June 30, which is the end of the current fiscal year.

The remaining 13 positions will only be funded in the 2009/2010 budget through Sept. 30, 2009.

In other business, the Council failed to reach a consensus on a vote to deny a zoning change and special land permit that would allow Kim and David Kruseman to open a tattoo parlor at 6636 Broad Street, which is at the corner of Campbellton and Broad streets.

Five residents spoke Monday regarding the proposed tattoo parlor, including three who opposed the resolution.

Charles Clark said during the meeting he did not like the idea of having a tattoo parlor located next to his downtown business.

Dot Padgett also spoke in opposition to the resolution, and she thanked the Council for voting to deny the Krusemans’ request.

When the Council voted to deny the resolution, it was a 3-2 decision, as Councilors LaShun Danley and Callye Burke Holmes both abstained from voting.

Councilors Roy Mims, Dennis McLain and John Schildroth voted in favor of denying the tattoo parlor’s request, while Councilors Terry Miller and Banks voted against denying the request.

Toward the end of the meeting, City Attorney Joel Dodson said the Council needed to have a consensus of four votes to determine this type of zoning matter.

Osborne then said this item will be re-advertised and voted on again at a later date.

The council unanimously approved:

• a zoning change request and one-year land use permit which allows Trinity Anglican Church to establish a temporary church home at 5780 Fairburn Road,

• the appointment of Eugene N. Butler as chairman of the city Zoning Board for a five-year term extending to June 1, 2014

• and the reappointment of Dudley Spruill to the city Zoning Board’s Post 5 position for a five-year term extending to June 1, 2014.

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