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Ticket fixing probe results expected in Stockbridge

STOCKBRIDGE — The City Council is set to hear results from an investigation into ticket fixing at Municipal Court in Stockbridge.

The Council will meet Monday at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

Council members authorized city attorneys Freeman Mathis & Gary, in July, to launch the ticket-fixing probe. At that time, Mayor Lee Stuart said he had “firsthand knowledge and physical evidence” of employees fixing tickets in city court.

Mayor Pro Tem Mark Alarcon called for an investigation by the law firm at that time.

“These are serious allegations and as elected officials, we are sworn to uphold all laws, local or otherwise,” said Alarcon. “Therefore, for transparency reasons, it is the responsibility of this council, under Section 3.12 of the city charter and ordinances, to call for an immediate inquiry and investigation.”

Stuart said the investigation would reveal incriminating documents “if they haven’t been deleted or destroyed.”

Other agenda items include:

•Demolition of a building at 4632 N. Henry Blvd.; allowing the purchasing agent to select a vendor for the demolition and authorizing a contract with an engineering or architectural firm for construction at the property up to $15,000

•Allowing Stuart to sign a millage rate certification for 2012

•An expansion requisition for ShoreTel telephone service

•Treasurer David Milliron will discuss an agreement for shuttle transportation between Atlanta and Stockbridge for an upcoming festival.

•Water system Superintendent Jeff Bledsoe will propose water meter changes for the city.

•Alarcon will present an amendment to Stockbridge’s code of ordinances to allow Stuart and council members to appear at meetings via teleconference.

•Milliron will request approval for a new rental rate schedule and structure for the Merle Manders Conference Center, the sale of surplus city property and a requisition in conjunction with Windstream Telecommunications.

The council meeting will also include items to be discussed in executive session. For more information, call Stockbridge City Hall at 770-389-7900.