Jenkinsburg City Council members have voted to enter into a contract with the Butts County Sheriff’s Office to increase patrols within the city limits.
#As part of the contract approved Aug. 13, Jenkinsburg will pay $25 per hour for one additional off-duty deputy from the Butts County Sheriff’s Office. The patrol officer will provide additional law enforcement for 12 hours per week, consisting of two six-hour shifts. City officials said this week that the added patrol should begin by the end of August and that the deputy will be compensated directly by the city.
#In addition, Jenkinsburg will be required to pay a fee of $500 per month for the use of the sheriff’s office’s vehicle. However, the agreement between the city and the sheriff’s office states that the $500 fee will be waived for the first 12 months of the contract.
#Butts County Sheriff Gene Pope said that the passage of the resolution on the contract is one of the final steps to be taken before the additional patrol actually begins.
#“They’ve got the resolution done and the court created like we did for the City of Flovilla,” Pope explained. “The city will coordinate with one of our officers to [patrol within the Jenkinsburg city limits] on his off time and compensate him directly.”
#Last year, Jenkinsburg moved to reopen its municipal court and came to an agreement with the City of Jackson to use its courthouse, judge and court clerk. The council in Jenkinsburg appointed Jackson’s municipal judge, Wilson Bush, to be Jenkinsburg’s judge, and Jackson’s court clerk, Jeanette Riley, to be Jenkinsburg’s court clerk.
#Jackson’s municipal court also serves through a similar agreement as the City of Flovilla’s municipal court.
#Pope said the sheriff’s office will continue to patrol Jenkinsburg as it normally does with its on-duty deputies, but that Jenkinsburg will pay extra to hire the use of another patrolman and cover the cost of gas and depreciation of the vehicle. He added that all the tickets written by the added patrol officer will go directly to Jenkinsburg’s court.
#According to Pope, the sheriff’s office holds a similar agreement with the City of Flovilla, with the only difference being the amount of hours each city requests to have extra patrols.
#Prior to adopting the resolution last week, Jenkinsburg council members also adopted a statewide ordinance known as the Uniform Rules of the Road. City of Jenkinsburg Mayor David Nestor said during the meeting that passing the ordinance was necessary to allow the deputy to write tickets in Jenkinsburg payable to the city.
#The agreement between the city and the sheriff’s office states that the contract will be automatically renewed at the start of each calendar year, but can “be terminated by either party provided that a 90 day notice is delivered to the other party in writing.”