Units of the Griffin Police Department, Spalding Regional EMS, Griffin Fire Rescue, and Emory Air Flight responded late Friday night to a 911 call of a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle in the North Hill Street area. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene on foot. Investigators found that the two individuals lived in the same house. A look out was placed for driver of the vehicle. The pedestrian was airlifted by Helicopter Air Ambulance to the Atlanta Medical Center for treatment. The incident remains under investigation more information is expected to be released later by the Griffin Police Department.
Department of Driver Services (DDS) Commissioner Rob Mikell announced today an expansion of the commercial driver training program administered by the Agency’s Regulatory Compliance Division. DDS will now offer a Commercial Driver License (CDL) Instructor Training Class for customers who have applied to be CDL instructors. The session will provide additional guidance as the applicants prepare for the final exam.
“This is an opportunity for new and existing CDL Instructors to learn more about the regulations governing the program, traffic law, commercial general knowledge, and new legislation,” said Commissioner Mikell. “CDL drivers are a valuable asset to our state’s economy, and DDS is proud to be a part of this important process.”
The course is offered free of charge, at the Conyers, Georgia, administrative offices. The class will typically be held on the first and third Thursdays of the month. To access the scheduled classes, please visit http://www.dds.ga.gov/regulatedprograms/calendar.aspx. The addition of this instructor training class enhances a stringent protocol already in place at DDS to ensure that only the most qualified instructors are leading CDL classes.
CDL instructors have the responsibility of preparing students to be safe and efficient drivers. There are over 300,000 commercial drivers in Georgia. In fact, CDL employment is projected to grow twelve percent over the next few years. If a CDL instructor is unqualified, it jeopardizes the safety of truck drivers and the general public traveling the highways with these truckers.
For complete driver education, testing and issuance information, please visit the DDS website at www.dds.ga.gov.
The Griffin City Commissioners met Tuesday night at 6 pm in the meeting room at 100 south hill street.
With only eight items on the agenda it was a short meeting at the Griffin City Commissioners Tuesday July 22nd
The Commissioners approved a joint proclamation recognizing the life and accomplishments of the late Griffin Police Officer Kevin “Shogun” Dorain Jordan. The proclamation was read to all present and was then presented to Officer Jordan’s mother and other family members.
Approved: a resolution in support of submitting an application for the Tourism Product Development Grant. The Grant is being offered by the Georgia Department of Economic Development. The program is designed to financially support sustainable tourism development activities at the local level that: maintain and/or create jobs, attract tourists (visitors from outside of the community), and enhance the tourist’s experience. Staff will use the funds to purchase and install additional way finding signs in Downtown Griffin.
The maximum grant amount is $20,000 which must be matched 100% by applicant or may contain up to 40% in-kind services or materials. The FY15 budget already includes the purchase of six (6) way finding signs in Downtown. By applying and receiving this grant, staff estimates they will be able to purchase six (6) additional signs which were proposed to be purchased within the next three years as part of the on-going branding implementation.
Approved: a Resolution, Letter of Support and approval of the Department of Natural Resources Historic Preservation Division application for the Georgia Heritage Grant Program. The project is to assist mitigation of the water damage to the “old” City Hall. The roof is leaking and allows water into the structure each time it rains. If awarded the grant, the funds will help provide a transitional measure to protect the structure from further water damage. The grant amount requested is $9,996.00, and the City portion will be $6,664.
Approved: the purchase of one (1) 22-cubic yard automated refuse collection body from Carolina Environmental Systems, Inc. mounted on a 2015 Freightliner chassis, in the amount of $197,783.80, for use in the Residential Collection Division, and declare as surplus for listing on GovDeals.com a 1993 Peterbilt Model 352.
Approved: the purchase of one (1) 18-cubic yard rear load refuse collection body from Carolina Environmental Systems, Inc., mounted on a 2015 Mack GU-532 chassis for use in the Residential Collection Division of the Solid Waste Department for $144,838.68, and declare as surplus for listing on GovDeals.com a 1993 Peterbilt Model 352.
Approved: a track improvement agreement on West Broad Street with Norfolk Southern Corporation in an amount not to exceed $72,765.00. The improvement to the grade crossing is part of the SPLOST Project 237-238 at West Broad Street – 9th Street – Experiment Street intersection improvement.
Approved: an Intergovernmental Contract between Spalding County, the City of Griffin, the City of Orchard Hill and the City of Sunnyside, for Spalding County to call for a referendum for a one cent sales and use tax, and for the projects as outlined in the IGA and for authorization for the City of Griffin to issue general obligation bonds in connection with approved projects not to exceed $12,500,000. A renewal of the 1 cent SPLOST is estimated to raise $50,400,000 over 24 calendar quarters commencing no later than April 1, 2015.
About 7:00 Tuesday Night units of the Spalding Sheriffs Department, Spalding Fire Department, and Spalding Regional EMS responded to the scene of a two vehicle accident at the introspection of Everee Inn road and South Hill Street Zebulon Road close to the old Moose Club. The impact of the accident caused one vehicle to overturn, and one individual was transported to Spalding Regional by EMS personnel for treatment of injuries not thought to be life threatening.
Units of the Griffin Fire Department responded to the scene of a large fire at the Griffin Maintenance shop about 9:45 on Tuesday Night. Upon arrival fire units found the welding shop which is part of the city maintenance building adjacent to the old Thomas Packing company property on North Hill Street. Chief Tommy Jones advised WKEU news that the welding shop had damage but should be operational within a week or so. There were no injuries from the incident and no damage to other parts of the City Maintenance Building.
WKEU 1450, and the Rock 88.;9 FM broadcast election returns on Tuesday night. Two races were of most interest in the local races that was for County Commissioner for the 5 th District between Don Hawbaker and Joe McIntyre. When the final votes were reported to the WKEU studios by Donna Taylor live from the Voter Registrars Office Don Hawbaker had received 1080 votes and Joe McIntyre 525 votes.
In the District 6 State Senate Race Marty Harbin won with 60 percent of the vote to David J. Studdard’s 40 percent of the district vote that includes Lamar, Pike, Spalding and Fayette Counties.
Be sure and join WKEU news for complete election returns in the General Election in November when we will again bring you full election returns. on WKEU AM 1450 am and the Rock 88.9 FM
City announces 10th Citizens’ Government Academy
The City of Griffin will hold its tenth annual Citizens’ Government Academy starting on Thursday, September 4, 2014. Citizens’ Government Academy was created to help interested citizens have a better understanding of the way in which their local government operates. To this end, participants meet with department managers to see firsthand where tax dollars are going. The 10-week course meets every Thursday evening from 6:30 pm until approximately 8:30 pm.
Applicants must be at least 21 years of age. Applications must be submitted no later than the August 18, but space is limited. Application for the academy may be obtained at One Griffin Center, 100 South Hill Street in customer service, or by visiting the city’s website at www.cityofgriffin.com to download a form.
The goals of Citizens’ Government Academy are just as important today as they were when it started, according to Citizen Engagement Specialist Alvin Huff. “If you stop a stranger on the street and ask him about the federal government, he’ll have some knowledge about the constitution, branches of government, and different departments such as education and defense,” said Huff. “Chances are that the same individual isn’t as knowledgeable about how city hall works. We want to change that.”
City Manager Kenny Smith said that he is very pleased with the positive response he and other city staff members have received from participants of previous classes. “We routinely hear very positive comments from citizens who have completed the course. A universal comment we hear is that the participant did not realize how much is involved in the day-to-day operation of the city. We also hear many comments regarding the high level of training and education that our employees have achieved.”
For more information, individuals should contact Alvin Huff at email@example.com or 678-692-0450.
2014 CITIZENS’ GOVERNMENT ACADEMY
SEPTEMBER 4 – NOVEMBER 13
Home Phone: __________________________ Business Phone: __________________________
Place of Business and Title:_______________________________________________________
What question do you most want answered before completing this course?______________________________________________________________________________
Will you be able to attend at least eight (8) of the ten (10) classes? Yes / No
How did you hear about the Citizens’ Government Academy?
Griffin Daily News ____ WKEU News Radio ____
www.cityofgriffin.com ____ Other ________________
Are you a City of Griffin resident? Yes / No
Do you own a business in the City of Griffin? Yes / No
Applicants for the Citizens’ Government Academy must be at least 21 years old.
Meetings will be held on Thursdays from 6:30PM until approximately 8:30PM.
Locations will vary.
Please return forms to:
One Griffin Center, Attn: Alvin Huff
P.O. Box T, Griffin, GA 30224
Complete applications include the registration form, consent form, and liability waiver. Space is limited.Completed applications should be returned no later than August 18th.
Griffin-Spalding County Schools was honored last month at the Georgia Association for Pupil Transportation’s (GAPT) 50th Annual Conference & Trade Show at Jekyll Island, when the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) presented Griffin-Spalding County Schools with the GaDER Gold Award.
The GaDER Gold Award is awarded to school systems that have reduced emissions in 26-74% of their school bus fleet through: Early Replacement, Installation of Emissions Control Equipment and/or the Use of Alternative Fuels. Todd Harris, Director of Transportation, Kenneth Brooks, Fleet Manager and Phillip Pilkenton, Route Supervisor, Griffin-Spalding County School System accepted the award.
EPD representatives attended this year’s GAPT Conference to present the Georgia Diesel Emissions Reduction (GaDER) Awards to school systems who reduced diesel emissions pollution in school bus fleets. Emissions reductions are achieved through the early replacement of older buses, the use of alternative fuels, or by installing emissions control devices on the buses. The GADER School Bus Program assists Georgia school systems by offering grants, technical assistance and education. You can learn more about the GaDER Program by visiting www.gaderprogram.org/ .
William Cook, EPD Environmental Engineer and Manager of the GaDER Program says, “Older diesel buses emit a high amount of particles in the exhaust. New buses and those that have been retrofitted with diesel particulate filters reduce these particulates by more than 85%, which results in a significant improvement in the air quality inside and around the school bus. Transportation Directors and their staff who receive a GaDER award should be celebrated for their hard work and dedication to ensure that school children are riding in the safest and cleanest buses available.”
GAPT is a professional organization comprised of school transportation associates throughout the State of Georgia whose vision statement is as follows: “GAPT will serve as the leading resource for pupil transportation professionals in the State of Georgia and inspire a culture of continuous improvement.” The organization’s mission statement has become their focus: “GAPT will build capacity in pupil transportation professionals by providing information, promoting innovation and serving as an advocate for those professionals while they partner with their community to meet the needs of their students.” This year’s conference celebrated the organization’s 50th year.
The Spalding County Commissioners met Monday July 21 st at the Courthouse annex.
During the meeting the Commissioners approved a joint City/County Proclamation commemorating the life and service of Officer Kevin D. Jordan. Kevin’s mother and other members of his family were present to accept the Proclamation.
The Commissioners approved a request from the Spalding County Parks & Recreation Advisory Commission to issue a proclamation recognizing July as Parks & Recreation Month. Members from the Recreation Department and the advisory board were present to accept the proclamation.
The Commissioners approved the financial statements for the twelve month period ended June 30, 2014.
During the citizens comment portion of the meeting Joe McIntyre, candidate for the 5th district commission seat addressed the board. He stated he had A letter that said there would be no problem with him running for and serving on the board of commissioners if elected, even though he was a county employee. Since he qualified and started campaigning the commissioners have adopted a new personal policy that you can’t be a commissioner and a county employee at the same time. This means If elected Mr. McIntyre would have to retire from county employment January 1, 2015.
The Commissioners tabled the second reading of the Spalding County Personnel Ordinance.
The Commissioners approved a request from Rita Mace for an Amplification Permit for a wedding to be held at 3345 Williamson Road on August 2, 2014 from 2:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
The Commissioners Denied a request of Life Tabernacle and Praise Church, Inc. to permit a temporary building as a permanent structure. They did approve to extend the use of their temporary status permit another 24 months.
A contract for Indigent Defense Services in Spalding County, Georgia for FY 2015from the Office of the Public Defender was approved. FY 2015 approved budget is $404,605 which is the amount of the contract.
They also approved a contract with AVTACS for continuing support services to the Tax Assessors Office for FY 2015.
Also approved on first reading was an ordinance amending the FY 2014 Budget Ordinance to provide for year end budget amendments. Included are Commissioner appropriations of $7,000 each to Animal Control, for utilities related to donated air conditioning units.
Also approved in the 2014 budget was the Special Operations Task Force for tactical entry vests and appropriations for the PPA, JAG grant and Hospital Authority grant.
The commissioners tabled a resolution calling for an election on November 4, 2014 to authorize the issuance of General Obligation Bonds in the amount of $3.3 M for the construction of a new Airport. As Commissioner Raymond Ray said there may be alternate funding available.
The commissioners then requested William Wilson to set up one last meeting with the city, the county, and the airport authority. The meeting will be in the county annex this Friday at 9:am.
The commissioners approved a resolution authorizing the execution and delivery of an Intergovernmental Agreement with the Cities of Griffin, Orchard Hill and Sunny Side for allocations of a proposed 2014 SPLOST.
Approved on first reading, to amend the Spalding County code relating to no thru trucks for: Vaughn Road beginning at Georgia Highway 16 and continuing north to for 4.8 miles to Georgia Highway 92. The approval was in relation to requests made by the Public Works Department on May 15, after numerous calls from citizens regarding potholes on this road created by heavy truck traffic. Sheriff Beam agreed with the request stating that this section of road should be designated for No Thru Trucks.
The Commissioners tabled a recommendation from the Spalding County Parks & Recreation Advisory Commission to rename the Spalding County Senior Citizen’s Center the Louis F. Greene Senior Citizen’s Center.
The Commissioners also postponed discussing the Intergovernmental Agreement with the City of Griffin for 800 MHz user fees until after the vote on the SPLOST in November.
The Commissioners set up a committee to establish criteria for establishing policies and procedures for the usage of the Portable Restroom facilities and rental rates to be charged for the units. Committee members will be named at a later date.
The Commissioners cancelled the September 1, 2014 Regular Meeting of the Spalding County Board of Commissioners due to observance of the Labor Day Holiday.
August 18th at 5:pm is the date and time agreed upon for the annual Performance Appraisal of the County Manager.
WKEU, The GNN Radio network, WSBTV, and ABC news will carry election returns Tuesday Night beginning at about 7:30 for the run off elections. WKEU AM 1450, and The Rock 88.9 FM will broadcast election returns live from the Voter Elections and Voter Registrars office. WKEUS Bill Taylor, Tony Broski, Donna Taylor, Ted Taylor, Lee Taylor, Larry Johnson, and Ronnie Lowe will be on hand to watch the local race for County Commission District 5 between Don Hawbaker, and Joe McIntyre, as well as the State Senate Race between Marty Harbin, and David Studdard for the District 16 seat recently vacated by retiring Ronnie Chance. Be sure and tune in tonight at 7:30 for the election returns live on WKEU AM 1450 and The Rock 88.9 FM.
The Travelers Insurance Company and Spalding Fire Department Battalion Chief Jamie Clark are continuing an investigation into a large house fire that occurred Tuesday afternoon July 15 th at 55 Peyton Road just off Teamon Road in North Spalding County. The fire occurred about 1:00 pm and several Spalding Fire units responded to the scene. Upon arrival Battalion Chief Clark said that the home was showing fire in most of the roof line and several rooms. Chief Clark also said that the home was a total loss, and a vehicle was seen by witnesses speeding away from the scene. There were no injuries from the incident and the investigation will start sifting through the debris at the scene early this week. The subject of the investigation has been arrested on unrelated charges by the Spalding Sheriffs Department. More information is expected to be released later by the Spalding County Fire Department.
Spalding County Office of Elections and Voter Registration 825 Memorial Drive announces Spcial meeting.
NOTICE OF SPECIAL CALLED MEEETING
The Spalding County Board of Elections and Registration will hold a special called meeting on Tuesday July 22nd at 11am. The purpose of the meeting is to adopt a resolution calling for a special election to be held on November 4, 2014.
About 12:20 Friday Morning units of the Griffin Police Department, Griffin Fire Department, Spalding Regional EMS and Two Helicopter Air Ambulances from Emory Air Flight based at the Griffin Spalding Airport were called to the scene of a one vehicle accident a Quilly Street at North 12 th Street. A vehicle had struck a power pole and cut the pole at the base. The power pole contained a Transformer and the City Electrical Department responded to the scene to replace the pole and mount a new transformer and re-install downed lines. A landing zone was established at the Griffin Fire Station number 1 at North Hill Street. For the two helicopter air ambulances landed. Two occupants of the wrecked vehicle were transported to the Atlanta Medical Center for treatment one of the individuals was unconscious and the other had head, leg and face injuries. The incident remains under investigation by th Griffin Police Department and more information is expected to be released later.
Chamber Business Expo will be at the Kiwanis of Griffin Center – Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Public is Invited
Business Expo 2014 is being sponsored by the Griffin-Spalding Chamber of Commerce at the Kiwanis of Griffin Center, 1025 South Hill Street, Griffin, on Tuesday, July 29th, from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m.
This is a great opportunity for businesses to showcase their products and/or services to the general public and for the citizens of the community to visit and see what is here in Griffin-Spalding County and the immediate area.
Take advantage of this time to come out and meet face to face business owners and learn more about what they offer and the variety of services/products available right here in your own community.
For more information or to register as a vendor, please contact the Chamber office at 770-228-8200 or follow us on Facebook at Griffin/Spalding Chamber of Commerce to for updates about the event.
Remember: Shop Local, support your area merchants and let’s work to make our economy strong.
The City of Griffin will host a job fair for open city government positions on July 29 between 2PM and 6PM at the Griffin Welcome Center located at 143 North Hill Street. Posted job fair positions include a mechanic, two equipment operators, a building inspector, a principal planner, two refuse truck operators, two wastewater plant superintendents, and approximately eight city police officers. A full list with descriptions, including a list of minimum qualifications, can be found on the city’s website at www.cityofgriffin.com.
Applicants are strongly encourage to consult minimum qualifications posted on the city’s website. Human Resources Director Miles Neville explains, “For example, our motor pool is looking for a mechanic. Because our motor pool works on everything from weed eaters and lawn mowers to garbage trucks and track loaders, individuals may not be qualified even though they are an expert at repairing cars.”
Representatives from all hiring departments will be available to conduct on-site interviews. Applicants should bring a resume and dress accordingly.
Marcia Norris Spalding Couty Clerk has advised WKEU news that many Spalding residents are being called stating they are in contempt of court for failure to report for jury duty. The caller is requesting prepaid GreenDot cards in various amounts. The Spalding County Sheriff’s Department will NOT contact you by phone regarding jury duty. Should you receive this call, please do not purchase the Green Dot cards. You should also contact Investigations with the Spalding County Sheriff’s Department at 770-467-4282. Marcia Norris, Spalding County Clerk of Superior Court.
The back-to-school season is close for Griffin-Spalding County School System’s families and staff.
Pre-planning for GSCS teachers and administrators will be the week of July 28 – August 1. The annual education celebration will be held on July 30.
All GSCS schools will host an Open House on July 31 from 3 pm – 7 pm. This open house will give families a chance to tour their school, meet teachers and administrators, ask questions and get any needed information. The first day of school for students will be August 4. School times will remain the same as the previous year (elementary – 8 am – 2:50 pm; middle – 8:30 am – 4:00 pm; High – 7:40 am – 3:20 pm).
Other key dates for the 2014-2015 school year include: Sept. 1: Labor Day holiday Oct. 13 – 17: Fall break Oct. 20: Report Cards Nov. 24-28: Thanksgiving break Dec. 22-Jan. 5: Christmas break Jan. 7: Report Cards Feb. 13-20: Winter break March 24: Report Cards April 20-24: Spring break May 29: Last day of school & Report Cards (Elementary) June 3: Report Cards (Middle & High)
To see the complete GSCS 2014-15 school year calendar visit the Back to School section on our website’s homepage: http://www.spalding.k12.ga.us.
Check out the Back to School section on our homepage for everything you need to know to start the new school year, including: 2014-15 School Supply List Student Testing Schedule Bus Transportation Registration GSCS Student Dress Codes GSCS School Listing with contact information and principal names Georgia Milestones Assessment System School Nutrition and Meal Prices Central Registration information and required document list
Parents or Guardians of students that have moved into Spalding County or moved within Spalding County are required to register for school at Central
Registration. Avoid lines and delays by registering early. Early registration will be held July 9 – 25, Monday through Friday from 8 am – 4 pm at the Parent Services Center, 234 E Taylor Street. You can also save time by completing the registration forms online prior to visiting the Parent Service Center at www.tinyurl.com/gscsregistration.
Families, please continue looking for ways to be involved in your student’s education because your help makes a big difference. Parent engagement is the key to turning a good school into a great school.
“The Griffin-Spalding County School System looks forward to another year of teaching, learning and student achievement, said Dr. Curtis Jones, school superintendent.”
The check was presented to Sue Anne Gilroy, Executive Director of the St. Vincent Foundation and the former Indiana Secretary of State by Anthony Imperato, President and Owner of Henry Repeating Arms. The presentation took place on April 24, 2014 in front of 2,500 NRA members at the Friends of the NRA National Banquet held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
The donation was made as part of Henry Repeating Arms’ Guns For Great Causes program. President Anthony Imperato explains, “we started the program several years ago because we felt blessed with our success and wanted to give back to organizations we admire. The Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital provides extraordinary patient care for the children of Indiana and we are proud to support them.”
About Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent
Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent has been dedicated to providing extraordinary patient care for the children of Indiana. With a full range of pediatric services, state-of-the-art facilities and friendly atmosphere, patients from newborns to teens receive the best, most comprehensive care from doctors and nurses who understand the needs of children. It offers 46 private inpatient beds, 15 beds in the Pediatric Intensive Care unit, 85 beds in the Newborn Intensive Care unit, and 17 beds in the Hilbert Pediatric Emergency Department, the first pediatric emergency room in the state of Indiana. The hospital also offers 24-hour physician coverage by pediatric hospitalists, intensivists, neonatologists, board certified emergency doctors, and a nursing staff with an average of 10 years nursing experience. The goal of Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent is to offer a complete continuum of care to children—from newborns to late adolescents. A multidisciplinary approach for family-focused care includes child life specialists, social workers, education specialists and pastoral care.