submitted by Larry Johnson

At the January 23rd City Commissioners meeting:

The commissioners: Recognized:   Jack Poland, with the Information Technology Department, as 2017’s “Strongest Link” Award recipient.

The annual “Strongest Link” Award is given to a deserving employee who embodies the City’s standards for excellence and strengthens our link on the chain philosophy, has a positive attitude toward work responsibilities, co-workers, customers, serves as a role model for others, is productive, exhibits commitment to quality in carrying out job responsibilities, and is an asset to the staff of her/his department.

The recognized employee receives two days off with pay, a $100 American Express gift card, and a “Strongest Link” plaque.

Jack Poland, Chief Information Technology Officer, has for the past ten years lead,

coordinated, guided, and evolved the City’s strategic technology initiatives. The

culmination, of which, is the City’s latest project and program to offer fiber and

broadband services to the City’s industrial and commercial customers. Setting the

foundation and framework for reliable and high efficiency networking solutions, Jack

Poland and his team planned a road-map for fiber installation throughout the City. With

Jack Poland’s vision, experience, talent, and professional team, the City gained

additional networking redundancies and back up processes with added fiber networking

solutions.  With his leadership, the City finds itself with reliable technology solutions. With his persuasive negotiation skills, Jack saves the City thousands of dollars and as a result is able to make the best use of available funds. Assembling teams appropriate for the task is another of his many

specialties. He and his team have accomplished many programs and exceeded expectations.

The Commissioners Approved:   to award bid and purchase 2 (two) 48 x 102 East Genesis Transfer trailers, 120-yard, to be used at the City of Griffin Transfer Station from East Manufacturing, the lowest and most responsive bid and declare as surplus unit #s 911 & 969 both of which are 1997 model trailers. The per each cost is $50,020.00 for a total of $100,040.00. This is a budgeted F/Y 18 purchase in capital funds.These units cannot be made road worthy and pass the required annual inspection required by DOT. In lieu of offering for sale to the public, the units will be scrapped to ensure there are no attempts to make them road worthy by any potential purchaser.

Approved:  a resolution authorizing Doug Hollberg, the 2018 Mayor/Chairperson, and Kenny Smith, City Manager, as the two approved signatories in relation to the MEAG City of Griffin Municipal Competitive Trust. These signatures are updated annually based on Chairperson.

Approved:   of Bid and Work Contract to Crawford Grading & Pipeline, Inc., in the amount of $305,231.65 for median landscape project for the Public Works Department.

These projects are funded from 2016 SPLOST and $50,000.00 Gateway Grant from GADOT.

The Projects locations are:

GA State Route and North Expressway

GA Stare route 16 and Old Macon Highway

GA State Route 92 and Ellis Road (GDOT Gateway Grant)

Experiment Street and Broad Street

The commissioners Approved:  the purchase of irrigation system parts and components from Jerry Pate Turf & Irrigation in the amount of $137,724.58 from the Golf Course Escrow account, for the City of Griffin Municipal Golf Course. The Escro account balance is $164,000.00.

The existing irrigation heads and controller system are over 30 years old and have out lived their useful life. The city will purchase the equipment and parts and the Golf Course staff will install over the next 2 1/2 years to keep the cost down. After reviewing all bids and equipment offered the system offered by Jerry Pate Turf & Irrigation is the only equipment that allows repairs in the field at the irrigation head eliminating hours of labor digging up heads to make repairs. Jerry Pate Turf & Irrigation will also provide the technical assistance while installation takes place if necessary.

Appointed: Bonnie Moray to the Griffin Environmental Council to complete the unexpired term of Kimberly Mathews, set to expire 12/31/18. This Council meets the first Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 3rd Floor Conference Room.

The commissioners tabled the appointment to the Main Street Program until the next meeting.

Appointed:   Commissioner Holly Murray to the Downtown Development Authority to coincide with her term of office.


To promote business, tourism, trade, and conventions for the City of Griffin and Spalding County, Georgia. To study, investigate, and develop plans for improving business and tourism in the City and County and to implement such plans in order to attract businesses, visitors, and conventions to the City and County GSBTA Board of Directors Meeting  Thursday, January 25, 20184:00p.m. Griffin Regional Welcome

Dr. Thomas J. Hunt, age 87 of Griffin passed away Monday, January 21, 2018. Dr. Hunt is preceded in death by his father and mother, Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth S. Hunt; his parents-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel R. Powers; his brother, Kenneth S. Hunt, Jr. and his brother-in-law, Robert William Powers.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Suan Powers Hunt; children, Kim Hunt Bowen and husband Phillip Bowen, Jeff Hunt, Kenny Hunt and wife Cheryl Jones Hunt, Lucia Hunt Hyatt and husband Michael Hyatt; sister-in-law, Nell R. Powers. Over the years they have been blessed with many grandchildren and many, many great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

Dr. Hunt graduated from Griffin High School in 1948. He entered Vanderbilt University graduating with a B.A. Degree in Biology. It was there he met Suan Powers and they married in July, 1952. He then attended Emory University Medical School, after which he completed five more years of residency training in general surgery. He became board certified in 1962. Dr. Hunt served as captain in the United States Army Medical Corps for two years before moving to Griffin in 1963. In July 1963 he opened his medical practice in general surgery in Griffin and retired after 42 years. During his career Dr. Hunt was a member of many medical organizations, but most active in World Medical Mission of Samaritans Purse, The Christian Medical and Dental Association, and the Christian Medical Foundation International. He also served in the Flying Hospital with Operation Blessing. He used his God given gifts and his medical training to serve his local communities and in many other countries. In fact, he served abroad on more than 20 short term missions, mostly in third world countries, relieving mission doctors from their full time work. Locally, he also enjoyed his position as the Griffin High School football team doctor for over 15 years. Even after his retirement Dr. Hunt continued serving on many mission trips and volunteered at the Hope Health Clinic in Griffin.

Dr. Hunt was a man of quiet faith and passionate intensity. He was of the protestant faith, anchored in the finished work of Christ on the cross. He served people with compassion-not out of duty or for profit, but out of love and concern for those in need. His medical practice expressed his personal faith. Although receiving many honors, the most important event in his life was when he came to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. His personal relationship with God made the purpose of his life even clearer. As he lived out what God worked within him, he was a blessing to others. Although his profession was time consuming, his family came first in his everyday life.

A visitation for Dr. Thomas J. Hunt will be Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 10:00 am until 11:00 am in the Fellowship Hall of First Presbyterian Church, 1349 Macon Road, Griffin, Georgia. Following the visitation a celebration of his life will be held in the sanctuary. Reverend Paul Curtas and Reverend Bill Lawrence will officiate. Those who wish to make a memorial contribution, may donate to World Medical Mission, Residency Program, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607;; 1-800-950-2092.