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Denmark City Council members gave their approval to a resolution establishing and agreeing for the city to participate in the Lower Savannah Regional Home Consortium, at the February meeting, on the condition that the city’s participation will not be detrimental or hinder the city’s present Community Development Corporation (CDC) from garnering as much funds as possible.

Denmark Mayor Gerald Wright stated that the objective of the consortium is to provide housing for citizens. And, when formed would generate each year a certain amount of funds for home construction. He noted that the consortium will be formed with or without Denmark’s participation. He added that joining the consortium does not guarantee a municipality or county a certain amount of money, but would increase the amount of money in a “pool” which the city of Denmark would be allowed to compete for.

Wright said the information he received was that having the city of Denmark join the consortium wouldn’t conflict with the city’s present CDC. He also noted that there would be a cost involved, which could be offset by the possible benefits gained. June was noted as the month Denmark’s portion of the funds would be due if the city elected to join the consortium.

“I think we would be passing up an opportunity if we did not get in it,” Mayor Wright said, adding the town is not obligated for any funds at this time. This keeps us in the game.”

Also during the meeting:

. Denmark City Council members gave first reading approval to an ordinance to annex Denmark Technical College into the corporate limits of the city of Denmark.

. City Finance Director Rusty Munoz reported that for the period of July 1, 2009 through January 31, 2010 total revenue in excess of expenses continued to be less than budgeted. He noted that Water Fund finances continue to improve. Munoz stated that despite shortfalls in intergovernmental and business licenses the city “did a good job controlling cost.”

. Police Chief Leroy Grimes reported that the police department created 81 case files for the period of January 19, through February 16. One case he noted involved “Threatening the life of a public official.” Chief Grimes reported that Officer Bernard Holman Jr. completed a seven day (56 hours) Basic Swat Training Course through the Government Training Institute, Inc. in Denmark. The Chief noted that to his knowledge Officer Holman was the only police officer in this area to complete the course. Council members approved the DPD request to apply for a $14,500 Edward C. Byrne Block Grant. The grant funds would be used to purchase 10 lap top computers and software with GPS capability inside police cars.

. Fire Chief Charles Breland reported that the DFD responded to 70 fire calls with an average of 9 members responding per call. He noted that 27 of 29 members attended the last monthly meeting. At the end of Chief Breland’s report Mayor Wright named Paul Eubanks as assistant fire chief to replace the late Wayne Gibson.

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