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Jackson’s Gap council passes ordinance to bring court back

Published 10:37am Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Jackson’s Gap Town Council passed an ordinance to restablish its municipal court system at its regularly schedule meeting Tuesday night.

Mayor Janis Canham said the town has been without a municipal court for over a year.

“A year and a half ago, we turned our court system over to the county,” Canham said. “They are getting the bulk of the revenue. We have only been getting a few cents on the dollar.”

The court will be able to handle such matters as traffic tickets and other domestic issues, Canham said.

The town council also voted to approve the salary of the newly instated court magistrate, Melissa Haggerty. Haggerty will receive $23,000 per year, and will spend the next six Fridays undertaking certification training in Montgomery.

“We are looking forward to Melissa getting her certification,” Canham said. “In the meantime, she will be in the office a couple of days trying to get her computer set up and get documents transferred to here in Jackson’s Gap. We have a computer program we will be using for our court, and she will have to be trained on that as well.”

A rental tax agreement was also passed at the meeting, which Canham said would bring more revenue to the town. A tobacco tax was introduced but couldn’t be voted on until the next meeting.

Also introduced at the meeting was the changes to the town’s zoning map, which now must have a 15-day period for public review before it can be adopted. The new map changes a few parcels of mixed-use commercial and general commercial to village center.

A special call meeting has been set for Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. to vote on the new map.

Michael Crouch, a Jackson’s Gap citizen, addressed the council at the meeting, inquiring as to why his towing business was not receiving business from wrecks.  The council assured Crouch they would look into the problem but tabled the matter until the town attorney was present.

Also approved:

-Minutes from the Dec. 13 planning commission meeting

-Minutes from the Dec. 13 town council meeting

-An ordinance to create three new bank accounts for the municipal court and to change the name on one existing account

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