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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 ahuff@cityofgriffin.com or 678-692-0450.

 

2014 CITIZENS’ GOVERNMENT ACADEMY

SEPTEMBER 4 – NOVEMBER 13

REGISTRATION FORM

Name: ________________________________________________________________________

Address: ______________________________________________________________________

E-mail: _______________________________________________________________________

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

Fax: 678.692.0403

Complete applications include the registration form, consent form, and liability waiver. Space is limited.Completed applications should be returned no later than August 18th

 

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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.

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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.

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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.