County approves new purchases, fiber optic installation

By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent

The Henry County Police Department is adding two officers of the four-legged variety to its staff.

Last week the Board of Commissioners approved a $29,000 purchase of two Belgian Malinois canines for the K-9 unit. A former police dog was retired in June for health reasons, bringing the total number of dogs employed by the department to two. This caused a hardship for the dogs as well as the human officers, so the recommendation was to bring the count back up to four.

Also approved the for police was the purchase of uniforms in the amount of $75,800 under the department’s annual contract.

In other business, the board approved the installation of a new fiber data communications connection from the old SPLOST building to the old McDonough Police Department building which the county now owns.

A resolution was approved awarding a bid for the installation of two solar-powered flashing beacons and two ADA ramps for the crosswalk improvements at Bethany Baptist Church.

After executive session, the board returned to its public meeting and approved two property condemnations. The county acquired just over an acre of land and some small parcels of temporary and permanent easement for the Campground Road Extension, and also acquired a small amount of temporary easement on East Lake Road at Union Grove Middle School.