SPALDING COMMISSIONERS

SPALDING COMMISSIONERS

 

The first order of business at the Spalding County Commissioners Meeting May 2nd:
Mr. Jeffrey Shannon, 7613 Connell Drive, Jonesboro, GA,  was recognized for his donation of $10,000 to assist with funding the Disc Golf Course at Dundee Lake Park in memory of his father Mr. Donald Carl Shannon. Jeffrey is passionate about  the sport and looks forward to incorporating his love for disc golf and his love for his Dad. Every time he plays disc golf, he will think about his Dad. 
 
The commissioners:
Recognized Ms. Christine Napier as the 2016 Bain Proctor Award for Volunteerism Recipient. In recognition of National Volunteer Month, the Bain Proctor Award celebrates the spirit of volunteerism in our local community.  It is also is about recognizing volunteer efforts and inspiring people to seek out ways to engage in their communities. Recognizing volunteers during National Volunteer Month gives communities an opportunity to highlight the many ways volunteers make a difference in their community to make life better as they serve in areas of need.
 
Ms. Christine Napier is involved in numerous volunteer activities and is a member of various groups.  She is a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Pulaski Daughters of the American Revolution, the Continental Society Daughters of the Indian Wars, the Daughters of the Colonial Wars and many more.  She volunteers at the Governor’s Mansion twice a month and Brightmoor Hospice each week.  Ms. Napier also participates in many senior activities, and she is frequently taking someone to the doctor, grocery store, or to pick up medications on a regular basis.  Ms. Christine Napier has a volunteer’s heart and embodies the true meaning of being a volunteer.
 
The Commissioners Approved:   a Proclamation celebrating the 65th Anniversary of the National Day of Prayer and declaring May 5, 2016 as National Day of Prayer in Spalding County, Georgia.  A National Day of Prayer was establilshed by the Continental Congress in 1775, and in 1952 the United States Congress approved a Joint Resolution setting aside a day each year to recongize the tradition of prayer in our natiion; and in 1988, this law was amended and signed by President Ronald Regan, designating the first Thursday in May as the official National Day of Prayer. Ms. Nadine Graham, 1708 Ethridge Mill Rd, Griffin, requested the Proclamation and on May 5th at  12:00 noon on the veranda of the Spalding County Courthouse will have a short program and prayer. Ms. Nadine Graham was present to receive the proclamation.
 
The Commissioners approved a Proclamation “nunc pro tunc” honoring St. Luke Overcoming Church of God who hosted the 78th Missionary and Prayer Brand Convention held on April 21-23, 2016.  The proclamation was presented to the congregation at Saint Luke Overcoming Church of God on April 21, 2016 by Commissioner Flowers-Taylor. Conventioneers came from all over Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and as far away as New York.   
 
The Missionary Prayer and Brand was established in 1938 and has been active for 78 years. During those 78 years the Brand Convention has been hosted by The Saint Luke Overcoming Church of God  3 times. 1966, 2010 and April 2016.
 
The Commissioners approved on second reading an Ordinance to provide for a four way stop at the intersection of Jackson Road and Wallace Road.   The Sheriff’s department requested the two-way stop be made a four-way stop to assist in the increase in traffic anticipated by the construction of the Dollar General Distribution Center. 
 
Approved on second reading an ordinance to provide for no parking on Quilly Street from Elm Street to the Griffin City Limit.  Primarily this new ordinance will assist day to day use. During large tournaments temporary use can be authorized.
 
The Commissioners Approved a request for Outside Amplification Permit request from Oak Hill Baptist Church for their “Freedom Fest” Festival event to be held on Sunday, June 26, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m..
 
 Approved a recommendation from Life Environmental Services, Inc. to award the contract for asbestos abatement at the Old Fairmont School to Southern Environmental Services, Inc. low bid, in the amount of $56,253.00. The Board of Commissioners approved Life Environmental Services, Inc. to oversee the asbestos abatement and disposal at the Old Fairmont School Demolition/Renovation project. 
 
The Commissioners approved  a Master Services Agreement with Civic Plus to provide emergency notification system for Spalding County residents.
Spalding County residents along with Spalding County staff have not been pleased with the level of service provided by the current vendor Code Red.  Over the course of the past 3-4 months County Staff have interviewed potential vendors to take over the contract which will terminate soon.  Of the vendors interviewed, staff unanimously agreed that Civic Plus was the best option available to both the County Staff and its 68,000 residents. 
 
The Commissioners tabled temporarily a resolution supporting the replacement of the Jordan Hill Bridge by the Georgia Department of Transportation.
 
The Commissioners tabled temporarily a recommendation of the Spalding County Fire Department for naming it’s new administration building.
 
After lengthy discussion the Commissioners approved a Griffin-Spalding Business and Tourism Association Intergovernmental Agreement, Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws. Griffin-Spalding Business and Tourism Association  will serve as  Spalding County’s Destination Marketing Organization as required by the Department of Community Affairs for the proposed 8% Hotel/Motel Tax proceeds.  If the City or the County finds the agreement unsatisfactory they can cancel the agreement with a 90 day notice to do so.
VOTER REGISTRAR

    VOTER REGISTRAR

 

Terri Colling voter registrar for Scalding County has announced that early voting for the General Primary is:
Monday, May 2nd, 2016 through Friday, May 20th, 2016. 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Saturday voting will be available on May 14, 2016 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Spalding County residents can vote early at the:

Office of Elections and Voter Registration 825 Memorial Drive Griffin, GA 30224
Registered voters are not required to provide a reason to early vote.
Photo ID is required.
If you have any questions, please call: The voter registrars office at 770/467-4245

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There will be a Parent and teen Driver Education Program at the UGA Griffin Campus to assist young drivers that ages 14, 15, and 16 who will be getting their driver license.  Georgia Law now requires the program for all new drivers that will be getting their license.  The Course will be May 31st at 6:30 at the UGA Griffin Campus. Changes in the Law for teen drivers put parents squarely in the passenger’s seat. It requires that anyone who applies for a permanent driver’s license must have a parent, legal guardian or responsible adult sign a verification form affirming that the candidate has completed 40 hours (with 6 hours at night) of supervised driving experience, if the candidate has successfully completed an approved driver education course. The Course is free.

The Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute (GTIPI) at The University of Georgia is bringing the Parents Reducing Injuries and Driver Error program—to help Spalding County parents prepare their 14, 15 and 16-year-olds to drive.

The classes will:

  • Help parents and guardians become more aware of their own driving behaviors,
  • Teach parents and guardians how to help their teens become safe drivers,
  • Help parents, guardians and teens learn what they need to do during the supervised practice
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  • The program is designed to alter attitudes and driving behaviors of novice teen drivers.

A teen and at least one parent or guardian must register to attend. Call Lt. Douglas A. Rogers 7702296451 Ext 502 or email drogers@cityofgriffin.com to register.

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The five day weather forecast calls for a 30 percent chance of rain in Saturday with a high of 83 and overnight low of 66 on Sunday a 60 percent chance of rain with a high of 79 and low of 65.  Monday about a 20 percent chance of rain with a high of 79 and overnight low of 64 On Tuesday rain still hangs around with a 40 percent chance. A high of 76 and low of 60.

SPALDNG REGIONAL EMS

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About 4:35 on Friday afternoon, Units of the Griffin Police Departments, Spalding Regional and Troopers from the Griffin post of the Georgia State Patrol responded to a two vehicle accident on Memorial Drive near WKEU.  A Ford Focus was traveling eastbound and was struck in the back by a Chevrolet Cruse.  The diver of the Ford Focus was taken to Spalding Regional for Observation of possible neck injuries. 

 

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The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance regarding a theft that occurred at Trophy Ford on Monday April 18, 2016 around 2200 hours. It is believed that this theft was committed by one suspect. The suspect vehicle is believed to be a newer model Chevrolet Silverado. The suspect stole a tailgate from a black 2016 Ford F350 in this case. The sheriff’s office is also investigating a separate incident that occurred in November 2015 where 3 tailgates were stolen from two Ford F250’s and one Ford F350 by two suspects. The suspect vehicle in that case is an SUV. It is unknown at this time if the two cases are related. If you have any information regarding this either of these thefts, please contact Sgt. Landers, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 478-994-7043 Ext. 234.
SPALDING JR. DEPUTIES
The 2016 Jr. Deputy Trip to  jour Nations Capitol ended officially Friday morning when seven buses of our 6th grade students arrived in Griffin from Washington DC. The Junior deputies departed Griffin Sunday afternoon April 24 th and spent the week touring the sights and history of Washington.  The planing for the 2017 Junior deputy program has already started.  Sheriff Wendell Beam,  Kay Perdue, and Sergeant Frank Clark planned a great trip for 2016 with many extras for the 6 th Graders. Over 300 students and chaperones that totaled almost 390 individuals that, made the trip. WKEU’s Sylvia Chapman was with the junior deputies for the entire trip and insured we had the taped interviews so moms, dads, family members, teachers and friends could hear the voices of the students while on the trip.  
WKEU would like to thank Sheriff Wendell Beam, Kay Perdue, and Sergeant Frank Clark for their untiring assistance to WKEU and Sylvia Chapman in particular.
Bill Taylor General Manager and co-owner of WKEU said that he also wanted to thank all the WKEU members that assisted with putting together the planning and broadcast support this year those included Sylvia Chapman, Bill Chapman, Tony Broski, Ted Taylor, Morris Pike, Mike Kendall, Sam Stacy.  And our behind the scenes personnel that made the broadcast possible, Lee Taylor, Ronnie Lowe, Larry Johnson, Sidney Daniel, and Wayne Cruse.
Also I deeply appreciate the support of P and D Enterprises for providing their 15 passenger Ford Van to assist with the transportation for our interviewers that went with the kids on the buses to Swanee and recorded the initial excitement of the children.
Most of all,  we deeply appreciate the support of our wonderful sponsors that always are first to support the Junior Deputy program in our community. Taylor also said “What a huge part of the Griffin Community these business owners are. They are always there for the youth of our community.”
Sheriff Beam said that “Planning is already underway for the 2017 trip, with the possible addition of more visits to other locations of Americas History for the 6 th Graders. We have always made it a priority for safety and many off duty officers, retired officers, and citizens take time to make this trip a huge success for our kids. Their devotion to our Junior Deputies is amazing and they always have the safety of our children first, and still what to know what else they can do to help the program get even better I am so proud of each of them.”
WKEU again thanks the Chaperons, Sheriff Beam, Kay Perdue, and Sergeant Clark for their support to Sylvia Chapman on the trip. As we have since the first Junior Deputy Trip in the 1940’s until now, we will continued to support our Junior Deputy Program, and our citizens to bring you the voices of these great kids so you can hear their excitement in next years trip.  
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On Thursday the Monroe County Sheriffs Deputies were involved in a high speed vehicle pursuit that eventually ended in the area of Monroe Street in Macon, GA.
DEWEY MOORE WANTED BY US MARSHALLS IN FLORIDA.

    DEWEY MOORE WANTED BY US MARSHALLS IN FLORIDA.

It has been determined that the driver of the vehicle, Dewey W. Moore of West Palm Beach, FL is still missing after he fled on foot from the wrecked vehicle. Moore currently has active arrest warrants by the US Marshals Service out of Florida. A passenger in the vehicle identified as, Adam R. Wiles of Jacksonville, Florida was taken into custody by Bibb County Sheriff’s Office in the area of the crash. Warrants are pending for the two persons involved in this chase. The investigation is on going more information is expected to be received later.

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The Commissioners recognized Tim Newman with the Electric Department, for 30 years of dedicated service to the City of Griffin and congratulated him on his retirement as of May 1, 2016.

The Commissioners approved a Proclamation declaring April 2016 to be Confederate History Month and April 26, 2016 to be Confederate Memorial Day.  The proclamation was accepted by Mr. Kelly Barrow of the Sons of the Confederacy.

The Commissioners approved a request from Ms. Ann Imes, a Griffin resident, to vary the eligibility requirements of the Griffin Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery so that her brother, Senior Master Sergeant Jimmy D. Bowen, USAF, Retired could be layed to rest there. He spent 20 years in the U.S., Air Force then another full career as an Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms ATF agent. He retired to Griffin but later lived with a son in Kentucky so he could receive specialized health care. He died there April 12, 2016 and was cremated.

With a 3/4 vote the Commissioners DENIED a request for a special use permit to construct single family homes on seven (7) lots on Lynn Lane submitted by Square Foot Ministries. The properties are zoned High Density Residential-A which requires a special use permit for single family construction. Square Foot Ministries is a non-profit organization that has built several new houses in this area that are owner occupied houses. The homes are 3 bedroom, 2 bath, with 0% interest and $350 monthly payments including property tax and insurance.

Commissioner David Brock was fearful of the size of the lots not giving children enough play room.

After the vote: Commissioner Cora Flowers asked, “What is going on? The Land Bank tore down houses and donated the land.”

The Commissioners approved an agreement for lease of Fiber Optic Cable between the City of Griffin and Atlantic Fiber Networks a provider with a primary focus on public education.  Atlantic Fiber Networks provide Griffin-Spalding County Schools with their programing.. This agreement will bring additional revenue to the City of Griffin maximizing the City’s excess dark fiber at an annual cost of approximately 70K.

The Commissioners approved the renewal of a Standard Office Lease between the City of Griffin and The Whalen Law Firm for suites #520 and #524 of One Griffin Center in the amount of $11,170.00 per year.

Also approved was the purchase of .82 acres located at 310 N. 12th Street, Griffin, in the amount of $30,000. This parcel is an eyesore to the Experiment Street corridor and will be demolished and cleaned to enhance the corridor. This is in conjunction with city intersection improvements.

Mayor Dick Morrow congratulated the Griffin Fire Department on their ISO.1 rating. There are about 48,000 fire departments in the U.S.  Only 178 departments have an ISO.1 rating.  There are 14 departments in Georgia with an ISO.1 rating.  Griffin is one of those 14.

 

 

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This weekend, Griffin Fire-Rescue firefighters will be in the streets, at local shopping centers and at area businesses collecting funds for the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation’s (GFBF) 27th annual “Give Burns The Boot” drive.

The GFBF was founded in 1982 by a group of Dekalb County Firefighters. Over the last 34 years, the GFBF has grown to incorporate the entire state and expanded its work to include all Georgians. In 1990, the “Give Burns the Boot” campaign was started to support the GFBF’s efforts. Since that time, firefighters have continued their support by collecting more than 14.5 million dollars.

When you see a firefighter this weekend, please give generously; remember, the life you may help save, could be you very own.

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Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCS) kindergarten registration for the 2016-17 school year is May 2 – 20, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (M-F). Kindergarten registration is located at the Parent Service Center, 234 East Taylor Street.

Students enrolling in kindergarten must be five years old by Sept. 1, 2016.

Students currently enrolled in a GSCS pre-kindergarten class do not need to register for kindergarten.

Parents/guardians are asked to bring their future kindergartener to registration to assess their readiness levels prior to beginning school. This consists of asking your child a few questions about basic skills (colors, letters, numbers, etc.). The assessment helps ensure your child is placed in a class that best meets his/her academic needs and strengths.

 

Required registration documents include:

  • Certified copy of the Certificate of Birth.
  • Certificate of Immunization, Form No. 3231.
  • Certificate of Eye, Ear, & Dental Screening Examination, Form No. 3300.
  • Social Security Card.
  • Proof of Residency – either a dated mortgage statement/payment OR a rental agreement copy with the names of all people living in the house.
  • Any one of: utility, telephone or cable bill; current property tax bill; homeowner’s insurance policy; current year income tax form.
  • Photo ID of LEGAL parent/guardian.
  •  Proof of custody/guardianship and any legal custody documents.

Save time by completing the registration form online prior to registration at www.tinyurl.com/gscsregistration.  For questions or more information concerning kindergarten registration please call 470-771-4259.

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Prayer Power of Georgia on Thursday, May 5, 2016, will sponsor the Pike County celebration of the annual National Day of Prayer.

Please join us for the service at noon on the Pike County Courthouse Square. The Treasure Field Band will provide the music.

The National Day of Prayer is a patriotic and spiritual celebration of our great nation; a time to join together to honor those who have served in many different capacities and to ask blessings for those who are serving our community and nation as they are called.

We will offer prayers for our community, state, nation, and all that need salvation.

For further information please contact:

Chaplain Ben Maxedon
Prayer Power of Georgia
PO Box 1263
Zebulon, GA 30295
770-689-7549

prayerpower4u@bellsouth.net

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Listen to our devotionals on The Rock 88.9 FM mornings and afternoons.

 

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Pike County’s Relay for Life provides support and raises funds for those who are fighting – or have already fought – cancer. The event will be held Friday, May 13 at the Pike Track.


The Survivor Dinner is set for Thursday, April 28 at the Christ Chapel Youth Building at 6:30 p.m. Attendees should RSVP by April 26 b y calling 706-324-4593.

Survivors will get a purple Survivor shirt and enjoy a meal together as they learn about American Cancer Society mission programs. 

To find out more about local Relay events, find the Relay for Life of Pike County GA facebook page.

 

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On Saturday April 30, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Griffin Police
Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 11th opportunity in five years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your pills for disposal to
Kroger (1524 Highway 16 W Griffin, Ga).  The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps,
only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last September, Americans turned in 309 tons (over 617,000 pounds) of prescription drugs
at nearly 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  When those results are combined with what was collected in its eight previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 4.8 million pounds—more
than 2,400 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish
in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription
drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and
overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition,
Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health
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The Griffin Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated presents “My Cry in the Dark” – a seminar to elevate awareness of mental health disorders and provide information on community-based mental health resources. Discussion topics include clinical definitions and symptoms related to depression, Postpartum Depression and activities designed to reduce stress.  “My Cry in the Dark” will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm at New Mercy Baptist Church, 742 Pimento Avenue, Griffin, Georgia. The presenters are Sharon Zellner (Clinical Psychologist), Dr. Enid Lofters-Jones (Obstetrics/Gynecology Specialist) and Sandra Wimbush (Licensed Clinical Social Worker). 
There is no need to suffer alone. Let this seminar point you in the right direction to get the help you need. The seminar is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Gwendolyn Morris at  770-531-9168 

 

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Once Again the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office along with the Drug Enforcement Agency (D.E.A.) is sponsoring the annual Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 30, 2016, from 10:00 A.M. till 2:00 P.M., at Wynn’s Pharmacy, 566 South 8th Street, Griffin, Georgia.  I would like to remind all citizens that this program allows citizen’s to properly dispose prescription medication. Citizens with prescription medication which has reached its expiration date or is no longer needed are encouraged to bring the medications to Wynn’s Pharmacy on April 30th.

Please do not bring liquid medications or syringes.

The abuse of prescription medication is increasing and the proper disposal of un-needed medication will help prevent any improper use. I am encouraging all citizens to help by bring any un-needed prescription medication to Wynn’s Pharmacy where Agents from the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations-Narcotics Division and Federal DEA agents will dispose of the medication. I would also like to thank Drew Miller and the Staff at Wynn’s Pharmacy for their participation in this program.

And thank you for supporting our efforts in an effort to curtail prescription abuse problems in Spalding County.

SPALDING COMMISSIONERS MEETING CANCELLED

SPALDING COMMISSIONERS MEETING CANCELLED

At the Spalding County Board of Commissioners Regular Meeting on April 4, 2016, the Board voted unanimously to cancel the April 18, 2016 Extraordinary Session scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m.
The Board of Commissioners will hold their Annual Planning Retreat on Monday, April 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Center Conference Room, 885 Memorial Drive, Griffin, GA.

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The Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCS) will host a doctoral degree information meeting on Thursday, April 28, from 4:30PM to 7:30PM in the GSCS Learning Center, 216 S. 6th Street, Griffin, GA 30224.

Anyone interested in pursuing a doctoral degree in education is welcome to attend this meeting. These colleges/universities will be present with a representative to speak about their doctorate programs: Clark Atlanta University, Georgia State University, Mercer University, University of Georgia, University of West Georgia and Valdosta State University.

Director of Strategic Talent Management Dr. Mack Bullard stated, “We have approximately 45 GSCS employees who have expressed interest in pursuing their doctoral degree in education (i.e. educational leadership, curriculum and instruction, school improvement, etc.). It is important for us to help our staff interested in furthering their education by providing them with information from multiple places at one convenient location. We are dedicated to developing our staff into school leaders who will maximize student achievement and organizational effectiveness.”

 

 

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Spalding County Parks and Recreation announces that registration is now open for Adult Spring Softball. Registration packets for the following leagues are currently available for pick up:
• Men’s Church
• Men’s Industrial
• Women’s League
Registrations will be taken Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the Parks, Public Grounds and Leisure Services Administrative Offices located at 843 Memorial Drive. The last day for registration will be March 28th. Season opens April 11, 2016.
TEAM FEES:
• Women’s League $420.
• Men’s League $470.
• Only team registrations will be accepted.
• Payment by Corporate Check, Cash or Credit Card accepted.
For more information call Robby Milner at 770-467-4750.
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