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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.