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Two weeks after tabling the issue, the Statesboro City Council will take up the issue of towing prices for non-consensual tows inside the city limits.
    The council passed an ordinance at their previous meeting that sought to regulate the towing industry in Statesboro, including curbing the practice of "cruising" in which companies patrol parking lots looking for improperly parked cars.
    However, when it came time to vote on setting maximum prices wreckers and tow services could charge for non-consensual tows, the council voted to table the measure.
    Currently, Georgia law caps charges at $125. The proposal from the city would have limited it to $75 for towing and $20 a day for storage. The first 24 hours of storage is free under state law.
    There was also some discussion about the legality of the city enacting an ordinance regulating towing, but both Statesboro City Attorney Sam Brannen and City Manager George Wood have said they believe the city has the legal right to pass an ordinance regarding towing.
    Other items on the city's agenda for today's meeting include:
    - a request to rezone 2.05 acres at the intersection of Buckhead Drive and Brannen Road to planned unit development to allow the construction of two separate fast food restaurants with common parking;
    - an application for annexation of 0.87 acres on Stambuck Lane where a multiple tenant commercial building would be constructed;
    - a second reading for an annexation of property on Cawana Road as well as setting the zoning for the property;
    - a second reading for an annexation of property on Highway 301 North as well as setting the zoning for the property;
    - a motion to set a public hearing for the city's budget for June 12 at 5 p.m..
    The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in the city hall council chambers.
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