2007-09-12 / Front Page

City to verify workers

At their Sept. 4 meeting, the Blakely City Council took the first step on the road to complying with provisions of a new state law relating to verifying new worker eligibility. The verification is required by the Georgia Security and Immigration Compliance Act which was adopted by the Georgia General Assembly.

The act requires all public employers to register for a federal work authorization program known as the Employment Eligibility Verification Basic Pilot Program.

Upon registering, the city will enter into a memorandum of understanding regarding the use of the program and is required to designate one person to monitor new employee worker eligibility verification and to maintain a file of written records regarding participation in the program. The council appointed city employee Trudie Evans to monitor the program.

The process seeks to verify that prospective employees as well as those seeking business licenses and other benefits hold legal resident status.

In other business, the council voted to accept a proposal on work at the landfill pending approval by the county at their next meeting and Mayor Ric Hall announced the city received a $474,032 Community Block Development Grant for sewer work on South Boulevard.

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