April 2, 2013

Dalton police to get new breathalyzer

From Staff Reports

— The Dalton Police Department will be getting a new breathalyzer soon.

The City Council voted 4-0 Monday night to accept an $8,000 grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to buy the equipment.

Police Chief Jason Parker said the machine replaces the department’s current breathalyzer, which is a model from the mid-1990s.

The council also voted 4-0 to:

• Approve a one-year contract with American Aviation, of Greeneville, Tenn., to maintain navigational aids at the Dalton Municipal Airport. American Aviation will receive $1,350 a month.

• Approve an agreement with Mercury merchant systems and Ambit Technologies, both of Atlanta, to install credit and debit card readers at Dalton Parks and Recreation Department concession stands. Ambit will receive $32,470 for equipment, and Mercury will receive a percentage of each transaction it processes depending on the type and brand of card used.

• Update an agreement for a natural gas power plant on land owned by Dalton Utilities in Murray County. The plant was built by Duke Energy and was later bought by Oglethorpe Power Corp. Oglethorpe now wishes to transfer the title to the plant to one of its subsidiaries, and the agreement acknowledges that change in ownership.