Jemison raises fee for seized drug vehicles

Published 9:45 pm Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Jemison City Council amended a city ordinance Monday night, raising the storage fees for seized drug vehicles.

The fees will increase from $15 to $25 for the first day and from $7 to $15 per day for each additional day of storage.

Police Chief Shane Fulmer said the increase would help offset court costs and district attorney’s fees that must be paid out of the department’s drug fund.

“This will be an increase in storage fees for our police department and all of our departments,” added Jemison Mayor Eddie Reed. “It (storing seized vehicles) is an expense to us.”

The fees will be collected by the clerk’s office and deposited in the Jemison Police Department’s drug fund rather than the city’s general fund, the amendment also stated.

The council also reviewed a petition from property owners Frank and Edna Rudeseal requesting that their property at the corner of County Roads 42 and 51 be zoned commercial.

At 6:25 p.m., the council went into executive session for the discussion of security plans and procedures.

The council voted to pay the bills and adjourn following the executive session.