The Pike County Commissioners will meet November 28, 2017 – 6:30 p.m.

Courthouse, Main Courtroom, 16001 Barnesville Street, Zebulon, Georgia

The Town Hall Meeting at 6:15 p.m.

During the Commissioners Meeting a t6:30 the commissions will consider renewal of Alcohol License for the Rock Store.

Consider one appointment to the Pike Industrial Development Authority to fill a four-year term, set to expire December 31, 2021.

Consider one appointment to the Three Rivers Regional Commission Board to fill a one-year term to expire December 31, 2018.

Consider one appointment to the J. Joel Edwards Library Board to fill an unexpired three-year term, set to expire August 31, 2020

A Public Hearing will be conducted to receive public input regarding Flanders Farm & Timber, LLC, property owner, and Frankie Flanders, applicant, are requesting final plat approval for only three of seven total tracts of property on approximately 1814 acres off of Blanton Mill Road, Dunbar School Road, Huff Creek Road, Hancock Road, and Scott

A Public Hearing will be conducted to receive public input regarding Bowen Jones, property owner and applicant, is requesting simultaneous preliminary and final plat approval for a new 9 lot subdivision on 28 acres on New Hope Road and Country Brown Road. The parent tract is zoned A-R

The Commissioners will also receive public input regarding Virginia Rawls Murphy, property owner, and STS Development Group requesting a rezoning of the property from A-R (Agricultural-Residential) to R-15 (Single Family Residential) in order to develop a 66 lot conservation subdivision on the subject property. The subject property located off of Chapel Hill.

Discuss / Approve / Deny a 60 day moratorium on approval of new flag lots in major subdivisions,  Effective from November 28, 2017.

The Commissioners will also consider a request from Pike County Parade Committee to use the courthouse grounds on Sunday, December 10 th, for the Pike County Christmas Parade and Festival from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

During PUBLIC COMMENT Carol Boronkas will address the Board regarding the proposed Conservation Subdivision at the corner of Second District Road and Chapel Hill Road in Williamson.

Bennie Evans will address the Board regarding conservation zoning.

Misty Meeks will address the Board regarding Homeowners Insurance.

At the November 14th City Commissioners meeting:

The commissioners:

Approved:  a Proclamation declaring November 2017 to be National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. The county approved a similar proclamation at their November 6th meeting.

Ms. Janie Clark along with other members of Brightmoor Hospice was present to accept the proclamation.

The commissioners recognized  Wanda Moore-Crawford, Contract Desk Supervisor, with the Customer Service Department, as the October 2017 “Strongest Link” award recipient.

During her 8 year tenure with the City of Griffin Wanda has grown from a Contract Desk Technician to her current position as the Contract Desk Supervisor. Wanda is dependable and conscientious of the job she performs. Last May the two employees that reported directly to Wanda resigned to pursue other opportunities. This left Wanda to operate the Contract Desk at the busiest time of the year by herself. While others assisted Wanda during this time, Wanda handled the majority of the business transactions. She took the additional job duties, in stride, never complaining or letting the level of Customer Service to our customers lessen. Wanda is the definition of “The Strongest Link in the Chain”.

The commissioners recognized  The 2017 Leadership Development Institute graduates. Fire Chief, Tommy Jones, presented certificates to the eighteen graduates.

The City of Griffin Leadership Development Institute was created to encourage current and future leaders of the City of Griffin and Spalding County to participate in a formal program designed to teach the necessary skills to unlock their leadership potential, as well as fostering individual personal growth. This 12-week program included six full-day classes and six Leadership Power Hour sessions covering a variety of topics. The participants were nominated by their department director and come from a variety of departments within the City of Griffin and Spalding County. The city had 12 participants and the county had 6 participants.

 

The commissioners reconized   The 2017 Community Emergency Response Team training graduates. . Fire Chief, Tommy Jones, presented certificates to the thirteen graduates. Training included Disaster Preparedness, Fire Suppression, Medical Aid, Search and Rescue, Disaster Psychology and Team Organization, Disaster Simulation, and Terrorism Response.

 

 

The commissioners approved  the Griffin-Spalding County Hospital Authority grant allocations for the year 2018.  $20,000 to the Spalding County Board of Health for flu shots, and $1,700 to the Spalding County Office of Homeland Security for the purchase of fans. In order for the Hospital Authority to grant funds, both the City Commission and County Commission must give their approval.

The Commissioners approved an appropriation of $194,670 from Main Street Fund Balance (City $94,670 and County $100,000) for Solomon Park and amend the budget accordingly. The City and County each approved funding in Fiscal Year 2017 for Solomon Park. This amendment simply moves the designated funds from the Main St operating account to a Capital Projects account.

Approved:  of a consolidated (bulk) buy for the purchase of sixty (60) PCs for the Information Technology department from the Dell Georgia State Contract under the City’s life cycle management program in the amount of $36,551.40.

Approved:  the purchase of a Lee Boy  Tack Distributor from Reynolds-Warren Equipment off NJPA purchasing contract, in the amount of $18,400.00 for the Street Department and declare as surplus old unit which is worn and inoperable.

Approved:  the purchase of seventy-eight (78) Pep-Link BR1 Mini Global Positioning System modems for Police and Fire Department to provide MDT’s with an active Automatic Vehicle Location in the amount of $20,302.00.

Approved:   $54,356.31 for Four Seasons Cable Construction to install fiber optic cabling in Lakes of Green Valley allowing the City of Griffin to offer high-speed Internet services to Lakes at Green Valley industries.

Approved:  the consolidated (bulk) buy for the purchase of sixty-nine (69) vehicle rugged Mobile Data Terminal (MDT) Tough-books and Docking Stations for the Police Department from the Dell Georgia State Contract in the amount of $141,880.20.

Approved:  of a Task Order Form for the design and construction management of the water and sewer lines relocation of Solomon Street Park to Paragon Consulting Group in the amount of $22,600.00.

Old Slaton Avenue East was abandoned during the demolition of Old City Hall. The water and wastewater lines reside in the street. These lines need to be adjusted or relocated in order for the park to be constructed.

Approved:  to purchase furnishings off state contract in the amount of $78,645.16. for new Fire Station #2 and Headquarters building, from Impact Office Interiors.

Approved:   the proposed updated Personnel Policy Manual.. Changes to the 52 page Personnel Policy were discussed in a Board of Commissioner workshop on October 24, 2017.

 

 

 

The commissioners have approved  ELECTRIC RATE ADJUSTMENTS for all services, see index below,  of Tariffs as recommended by Electric Cities of Georgia and increasing the Environmental Compliance Cost Recovery (ECCR) from $.0065 to $.0067 effective 01/01/2018.

FINANCIAL IMPACT:

Revenue increase would assist in meeting demand of increase wholesale power cost and projected debt of Vogle expansion.

Proposed rate adjustments would result in the following approximate revenue increases:

2018     $1,638,063

2019     $2,471,508

2020     $1,834,650

2021     $0

2022     $0

The commissioners also approved a WATER AND WASTEWATER RATE INCREASE to cover new debt for the construction of the Flint River Pump Station, Potato Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, Cabin Creek wastewater Treatment Plant and the Head Works and Dewater of Shoal Creek Sludge Ponds.

The Commissioners indicated they had three options to consider.

Option #1 provides a 9% revenue reserve for emergency repairs to system. In the future, when Harry Simmons Water Treatment Plant needs to be upgraded, 100% of the upgrade may be bonded at that time. By selecting Option #1 if some major failure of the aging Harry Simmons Water Treatment Plant (HSWTP) occurs, there would  be funds available to address the issue.

Option #3 provides a lesser reserve of 5% (instead of 9%)

Option #2 provides no reserve for future HSWTP upgrade.

By a 4/2 vote The Commissioners chose option #2 which has the smallest rate increase but provides no reserve for future HSWTP upgrade.

01/01/18   3.75% for both water and wastewater

07/01/19   2.50% for both water and wastewater

07/01/20   2.00% for both water and wastewater

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On November 8, 2017 at approximately 2004 hours Spalding County Sheriff’s Office C.A.G.E. Unit Investigator Jennifer Fuller called out at the scene a vehicle accident at the intersection of Elm Street and Railroad Ave. As she exited her vehicle a person later identified as

DUSTIN STEVENS

Dustin Joel Stevens (w/m 26yoa) ran from the scene of the accident.

Inv. Fuller chased Stevens on foot and was able to catch him near Peachtree St and Railroad Ave. Once Inv. Fuller caught up to Mr. Stevens, she attempted to gain control of him. Stevens turned and reached for Inv. Fuller’s service weapon. Fuller was able to kick Mr. Stevens away from her and draw her issued Taser and deploy it striking Mr. Stevens on the right side of his body.

As Stevens fell to the ground, he was given verbal commands to place his hands behind his back. Fuller moved in to handcuff him, Stevens began to resist, striking Inv. Fuller in the left side of her face with his fist. In response, Inv. Fuller initiated another 5 second Taser cycle from the Taser and continued verbal commands for the subject to place his hands behind his back. Stevens continued to resist arrest.

Inv. Fuller was finally able to create distance from Stevens and held the Taser to his back, not allowing him to get up until Officer Eric Michel from the Griffin Police Department arrived and placed Stevens in handcuffs.

Stevens received cuts to the bridge of his nose and face, and multiple abrasions during his fight with Fuller. He was transported to Spalding Regional Hospital where he received treatment for his injuries.

Inv. Fuller was taken to the medical facility at the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office to be checked by staff and was released back to duty.

Stevens has been charged with driving on suspended license, felony obstruction of a law enforcement officer, possession of methamphetamine, possession of schedule 2 narcotic (2cts), possession of drug related objects, and headlight requirements. He is currently being held in the Spalding County Jail.

According to Sheriff Darrell Dix “This was a violent encounter between Investigator Jennifer Fuller and Dustin Stevens that could have rapidly escalated in to a greater use of force. Deputy Fuller did an outstanding job of defending herself from Steven’s attack and his attempts to disarm her. She handled herself well, effected the arrest, and I’m glad she was not more seriously injured.”

SPALDING COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT

 

Preliminary hearings for two Spalding County prisoners that are being held in
relation to a cold case from 1983 has been announced by the Spalding  County
Court.  The Inmates in question are 59-year old Frankie Gebhart and 58-year
old Bill Moore, Sr.  The Court stated that the two will have a preliminary
hearing on November 30 th at 8:00 am. The two were arrested in relation to
the October 9 th, 1983 murder of Timothy Coggins, whose body was found
near Sunny Side near a power line,  evidence from the scene, questioned
suspects and witnesses but were unable to make  arrests in Coggins’ death.

 

In June of 2017, spurred by information forwarded to the GBI through
various sources all of the information gathered at the time of the original
investigation. Investigators began re-interviewing old witnesses,
conducting interviews with newly discovered witnesses, and gathering new
evidence. Investigators from the GBI and the Spalding County Sheriff’s
Office working in unison also went door to door in their efforts to solve this
crime. In October 2017, Sheriff Darrell Dix announced that 59-year old
Frankie Gebhart and 58-year old Bill Moore, Sr. were both been arrested
for murder, felony murder,  aggravated assault, aggravated battery, and
concealing the death of another.

Also arrested were 58-year old Sandra Bunn for obstruction, Lamar Bunn
for obstruction, and 47-year old Gregory Huffman for violation of oath of
office and obstruction.  Sheriff Dix said that Huffman was a detention officer
and has been terminated.  Bunn has recently been employed by the Milner
Police Department and previously worked for the Lamar County Sheriff’s
Department.

Sheriff Dix said recently: “I can say without a doubt that if Mr. Coggins was
murdered today, in 2017, it would absolutely be classified as a hate crime.
34 years have passed since this horrible crime was committed and those
who killed him have believed that they would remain untouched”

 

The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, Special Operations Division, working in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, concluded an in-depth investigation that lead to the arrest of two Spalding County residents. On November 1, 2017, members of Special Operations and agents from Homeland Security arrested

Cupertino Mendoza and Iartina Alvizo Zapata of 3812 High Falls Road, Griffin. As a result of the investigation, 21 kilograms (approximately 54 pounds) of cocaine was seized. The cocaine has an estimated street value $1,500,000.00. Agents with Homeland Security also seized $532,190.00 in cash. During the investigation, members of Special Operations executed two search warrants. One search warrant was executed at 3812 High Falls Road, and the other was executed at 61 Head Road, a 96 acre farm. As a result of the search warrants, agents seized 4 vehicles, a skid steer and a cattle trailer. These items were found to be involved in the distribution of illegal narcotics.

Mendoza and Zapata are both being held in the Spalding County jail and are charged as follows: trafficking cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine, and possession of a vehicle with a false compartment. Both are awaiting their first appearance hearing. The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office will continue to fight the war on drugs in every capacity. Sheriff Dix said, “We will continue to work cooperatively with local, state, and federal agencies to eradicate drugs from our county.” If you are drug dealer in Spalding County, we look forward to seeing you soon.