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June 29-- The Vidalia City Council Wednesday awarded a contract to Copper Construction Company of Vidalia for a new police department headquarters.

City Manager Bill Torrance reports says the city made some changes to the initial building design and saved about $50,000 in the process.  Copper will remodel the former Winn-Dixie building which the city acquired for $500,000.  Cost of construction will be just under $2 million and will include the police department, city courtroom, mayor's office and city council chambers.

Work should start in late July and be completed within nine months.

The council also approved a new map redrawing the lines of city wards. The new map increases the size of Ward Three by about 500 citizens and reduces the size of Ward Four by the same amount.  Ward Three is represented by Raymond Turner and Ward Four by Lisa Chesser.  The map must be approved the U.S. Department of Justice.

If you owe the city property taxes, you have a 30-day extension to pay.  The council granted the extension before the property is put up for public auction.