Council subcommittee to hold meeting

Published 6:54 pm Saturday, February 21, 2009

A Selma City Council subcommittee will discuss creation of an environmental court during a work session 5 p.m. Monday.

Councilwoman Susan Keith, who chairs the subcommittee, explained the court would deal with matters ranging from violations of the noise ordinance to litter violations.

“Our municipal court has enough to keep two judges busy right now,” she said. “This would take that off their shoulders and bring attention to these important matters, such as littering or property maintenance or the noise ordinance.”

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A previous city council had talked about setting up a similar court at least five years ago, said Council President Dr. Geraldine Allen, but the previous mayor dropped the issue.

“We never heard from it again,” she said.

Councilman Dr. Cecil Williamson said he supports the move and that fines collected in the court should be sufficient to pay the salary of a part-time judge.

The subcommittee is expected to make its recommendation to the full city council Tuesday night. It is uncertain if the council will take a vote on the issue at that time.