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February 8--  It will take a little more effort to recycle in Lyons.  Mayor Willis NeeSmith reported at Tuesday night's city council meeting that curbside recycling is ending as of March 1.  He said only 70 residences were using the service and that folks who wish to recycle can take their items to the city fire station starting next month.

In other actions, the council renewed health insurance for city employees with Blue Cross/Blue Shield agent Al Lewis.  Premiums are going up $28 per month per employee and the deductible is being increased from $1500 to $2000.

The council re-elected councilman Ben Mitchell as Mayor Pro Tem. 

{mosimage}The city also gave $1,000 to the Red Cross in appreciation for support it provides to residents in the aftermath of fires and other emergencies.  Mayor NeeSmith presented the check to Lyons Red Cross volunteer Sarah Maddox (left) and Red Cross representative Robin Wingate.

Councilman Wayne Hartley reports the population of the city animal shelter has been drastically reduced since the city stopped taking animals from Toombs County.  He says there were only four dogs in the shelter last week compared to between 30 and 40 on average when county dogs were being brought to the shelter.

County manager Doug Eaves says strays picked up in Toombs County are now being taken to the Mount Vernon Animal Shelter until the county can come up with a permanent shelter.  The county is seeking bids to build pens at one of its convenience centers.