Warner Robins City Council passed several ordinances Monday night, including one to crack down on gaming machines.
"We've got quite a few of them in Warner Robins and they're popping up everywhere and we've had quite a few robberies at these particular stores," says Councilman Paul Shealy.
The ordinance requires business owners to submit monthly reports showing how much money they make. The machines have to be in plain view, and can't be within a hundred yards of a housing authority property.
Mayor Chuck Shaheen says the new ordinance is about safety.
"We want to make sure that we're protecting people that go into the convenience stores and for the owners as well there's been a lot of crime in these convenience stores."
Shealy says it may even cut down onthe number of stores that are popping up.
"Some of them are really small stores and it doesn't take much to open one of them up, but with the safety factors of those videos in there I think you're going to see a little slowdown on those stores opening up."
Shaheen took time at the meeting to recognize city employees for their years of service in the community.
Council also honored retired Fire Captain Randy Mullis. He died last month of complications following a heart attack. His family was presented with a plaque.
Property owners caught a break as council voted to keep the millage rate the same as the previous year.
There was also some debate among council members before passing an amended version of their master lease plan which allows the purchase of equipment for city departments likethe police and fire departments.
Fire Chief Robert Singletary asked for two pumper fire trucks. One to replace an older 1991 model, and the other to go in their new fire station.
But some council members opposed the second truck, saying since construction hasn't started on the new fire station, they shouldn't buy a new truck for it. Shaheen says removing the other fire truck from the listis only temporary.
"Chief Singletary was very understanding because a fire truck is like half a million dollars so I think he was just trying to work with us to try to reduce the amount a little bit but we're going to have to put it right back on in about a month because we need to pursue a fire station on Highway 96," says Shaheen.
Anotheritem on the city's master lease was ten new police cars for the Warner Robins Police Department.
Warner Robins Police Chief Brett Evans says the department's newest vehicle has over 100,000 miles on it.