Senoia will begin offering a pre-trial diversion program for defendants in city court.
The pre-trial diversion is part of the 2019 contract with CSRA Probation Services, which provides probation supervision services for the city court.
Senoia Municipal Court handles traffic offenses as well as misdemeanor cases made by the Senoia Police Department. Misdemeanor defendants can request to be bound over to Coweta State Court for jury trials, or can receive a bench trial in city court, according to Senoia Police Chief Jason Edens.
Pre-trial diversion programs have become standard for most courts in Georgia, Edens said. The addition for 2019 is bringing Senoia "in line with what everybody else is doing,” he said.
The new contract, which was approved by the Senoia City Council this week, takes effect Jan. 1. The contract also includes an increase in the monthly probation fee from $35 to $40.
In other meeting business:
•The city approved a contract for the required annual street sweeping, but the council discussed purchasing street sweeping equipment so the work could be done in-house.
Under the city’s approved stormwater maintenance plan, all city streets must be swept once per year. This year’s contract with Watt Commercial Sweeping, the same company that did the work last year, is $6,100.
Councilman Maurice Grover asked to look into the feasibility of the city buying its own equipment. “We can use it at other times of the year,” he said.
The city could likely recoup the cost in three to five years, said Mayor Jeff Fisher.
•The council approved the second reading of the 2019 budget, with no changes from the first reading.
• The council approved the low bid to repair a manhole cover on Stallings Road. The bid from Brent Scarbrough was $31,900.
•The council approved road closures for Light Up Senoia, which will be Dec. 1. Seavy Street between Barnes and Main will close at 2 p.m., with other road closures at 3 p.m.
From 3 p.m. until the parade starts at 5:30, Barnes Street will be open for northbound traffic, with Pylant Street open for southbound traffic. Barnes Street will close when the parade starts.
Edens said he thinks the current plan will “make it easier to travel around the city during the event."
After the stage is removed from Main Street, the upper end of Main Street will be reopened, but Main at Seavy and below will remain closed until Santa leaves.
• City Hall will close at noon on Dec. 7 for an employee holiday event.