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May 15--  The city of Vidalia and Vidalia City Schools are seeking a federal grant to help pay for two security officers in the schools.

The Vidalia city council agreed Monday night to seek $216,000 over a three-year period for police officers at Vidalia High School and J.R. Trippe Middle School.  A quarter of the cost would be paid locally and split between the city and the school system if the grant application is approved.

In other actions at its May meeting, the council okayed a request from the Downtown Vidalia Association to stage a Downtown Music Festival and Street Dance on September 14 with the Swingin' Medallions and local performers..

The chairman of this year's Vidalia Onion Festival, Brad Hart, informed the council he expects this year's festival will break even despite Friday night's rainout.  The committee is planning a meeting with the city soon to start planning the 2014 festival.

City Finance Director Bill Bedingfield reports the city has collected all but $277,000 of this year's property taxes.  He also reports hotel tax collections are up 13% and Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax revenue is up nearly 8%.

Tuesday on the monthly "Vidalia Today" radio program, Bedingfield said this Fall could be a busy one for construction projects in the city.  He's hopeful work will start on the repair of Adams Street and that a beautification project north of the railroad tracks downtown will also get started.  He also expects the Georgia Department of Transportation will begin its project to four-lane Highway 292 on the stretch that runs in front of Vidalia High School.