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Fulton commission to try again Wednesday on ethics, tattoo parlors, jails
by Noreen Cochran
January 20, 2014 09:06 AM | 2180 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Fulton County Board of Commissioners will try again Wednesday to conclude business on the code of ethics, inmate housing and a tattoo parlor permit law, all of which have been bumped from prior meetings.

The board has also indicated it will vote on the $569 million general fund budget, which is ahead of its Jan. 31 deadline.

The most debated issue has been the reduction of support to Grady Hospital by half, from $50 million to $25 million.

At its Jan. 8 meeting, the board considered a potential 1.87 mill tax increase earmarked for Grady to fill a $60 million shortfall and restore spending to 2013 levels.

Also on the docket is relief of overcrowding at the Rice Street jail, part of ongoing improvements ordered after a 2004 lawsuit.

The board may vote on spending $57 per day per inmate at jails in Cobb and DeKalb counties, $50 a day in Gwinnett and $45 a day in Douglas.

Commissioners may bring the county’s 72 tattoo, body piercing and permanent makeup parlors under the wing of the health department.

Dr. Patrice A. Harris requested the change “to enhance the quality of life for needy and at-risk populations,” according to an internal memo, to prevent infection and disease transmission.

If approved, a change to the code of ethics, sponsored by Commissioner William “Bill” Edwards, will eliminate a one-year embargo between resigning from the county and working for one of its vendors.

The amendment will allow two temporary employees, former DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce CEO Edward A. Nelson Jr., and consultant Arthur Brown, to privatize the county’s economic development efforts in south Fulton.

New on the agenda is the county’s 2014 legislative strategy, discussed at the Jan. 8 meeting.

The legislative session includes a bill to allow voters to decide whether they want to convert the unincorporated area into the city of South Fulton.

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