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Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies Jeff Wilson and Michael Norris

 

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 Deputy Michael Norris                                     Deputy Jeff Wilson
Killed in Line of Duty                                         Severely Wounded

were presented with the Charles “Bud” Meeks Award for Deputy Sheriff of the Year last night June 28, 2015. The award was presented to Deputy Norris’s family and to Deputy Wilson at the National Sheriffs’ Association summer conference in Baltimore, Maryland. The award recognizes deputy sheriffs who have demonstrated conspicuous bravery in the performance of his duties.  The prestigious national award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions or accomplishments directly related to law enforcement.

Deputies Wilson and Norris were honored for their courageous actions during an incident that occurred last year. On Saturday, September 13, 2014, Monroe County, Georgia, Sheriff’s deputies Jeff Wilson and Michael Norris responded to a home in southern Monroe County to provide assistance to a man threatening suicide with a hand gun. Emergency 911 dispatchers were told by the man’s family that he was walking around inside the home with a gun to his head.

Deputy Wilson and Deputy Norris made contact with a family member outside the home who told them that other family members who resided in the home left out of concern for their safety but that the suicidal man’s father, who was in poor health and not ambulatory, was in a hospital bed in the living room of the home.

The deputies then walked to the front door of the house, with their weapons drawn, in order to make contact with the suicidal man. Deputy Norris pushed the front door open with his foot and the man inside the home quickly opened fire on the deputies, immediately shooting Deputy Norris in the head and leg. The man continued firing at Deputy Wilson as he attempted to dodge the man’s gunfire and find cover. While attempting to take cover behind his patrol vehicle, Deputy Wilson was shot three times, while returning fire to the suicidal gunman. Deputy Wilson shot the gunman in the leg at which point the gunman surrendered. Loosing blood rapidly and nearly losing consciousness, Deputy Wilson managed to disarm the gunman and handcuff him before passing out.

Monroe County Emergency Services, who were staged nearby, responded to the scene and transported Deputies Wilson and Norris to the Medical Center of Central Georgia. Deputy Norris was declared brain dead the following day. Per Deputy Norris’s wishes as an organ donor, his organs were harvested and given to others who were medical matches. Deputy Wilson was shot in the leg, buttocks and abdomen and underwent extensive physical therapy and has made a full recovery.

Deputy Wilson’s ability to act quickly under extreme stress and injury likely brought a rapid conclusion to an exceptionally dangerous situation. Faced with continuing the confrontation with the suicidal man while knowing that individual was willing to shoot to kill law enforcement took bravery and courage that exceeds what is expected in the line of duty. Additionally, to have the presence of mind to apprehend, disarm and handcuff the suspect while seriously injured is a testament to Deputy Wilson’s dedication and professionalism as a deputy.

Deputy Norris spent his life in service of others as a Boy Scout and volunteer firefighter before beginning his career in law enforcement. He continued to serve the citizens of Monroe County as a deputy with integrity, character and devotion. He displayed kindness in his actions and treated all he met with dignity. His last act as a deputy was one of service; he arrived on scene at Haley Drive willing and wanting to prevent another person from committing suicide. His last act was to give the gift of life to others through organ donation. He leaves a lasting and enduring legacy of service, commitment and dedication to all who wear a badge.

Deputy Jeff Wilson began his career with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office in 2010 as a jail officer. He completed Basic Law Enforcement Training on December 17, 2010. He is assigned to the Patrol Division. He is married to Donna and they have four children. He lives in Culloden, Georgia.

Deputy Michael Norris began his career with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office in 2012 as a jail officer. He completed Basic Law Enforcement Training on March 29, 2013. He was assigned to K.B. Sutton Elementary School as a School Resource Officer for the 2013-2014 school year and was transferred to the Patrol Division in June 2014. He leaves behind a wife, Logan, and parents Bennett and Fran Norris. He lived in Culloden, Georgia. He was 24 years old.

The award is given in memory and honor of Charles “Bud” Meeks, who served as Sheriff of Allen County, Indiana and as Executive Director of the National Sheriffs’ Association. The award is sponsored by Motorola and the National Sheriffs’ Association.

 

 

GRIFFIN WATER DEPARTMENT

The Griffin City Commissioners will June 23, 2015 at the City Offices at 100 South Hill Street.

During the meeting the Commissioners will recognize the service and retirement of three dedicated electric employees.

Mike Blackmon, 33 years of service, Derald Evans, 33 years, and Wayne Jones, 26 years of service.

The Commissioners will receive comments regarding a request to amend the Unified Development Code, of the City of Griffin, to allow Consumer Fireworks Retail Sales Facilities, meeting the minimum standards for new and existing buildings as a permitted use in the Planned Commercial District.”

The Commissioners will consider approval, on second reading, of an ordinance amending the Code of Griffin at Chapter 18, AVIATION, by enacting a new Article V., SAFE, EFFICIENT USE AND PRESERVATION OF NAVIGABLE AIRSPACE.

Consider approval, on second reading, of Ordinance revising the Code of Griffin, Georgia at Chapter 82, TAXATION, Article III, EXCISE TAX ON HOTELS, by increasing the rate of tax to 8.0% in accordance with Act 288 (HB 644) of the 2015-2016 Regular Session of the General Assembly of Georgia; revising the name of the Article to reflect the current title used in state law; and for other purposes. If adopted, the increased rate will become effective August 1, 2015. City Attorney Andrew J. Whalen III will address.

Consider approval of a request to amend the Unified Development Code to allow Consumer Fireworks Retail Sales Facilities, meeting the minimum standards for new and existing buildings as a permitted use in the Planned Commercial District

Consider approval to amend the City of Griffin’s Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Operating and Capital Budget in the amount of $7,200.00 for the purchase of bullet proof vests for the Police Department.

Consider approval to amend the City of Griffin’s Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Operating and Capital Budget in the amount of $2,300.00 for equipment purchased for Archives at the end of Fiscal Year 2014 subsequently charged to Fiscal Year 2015. Chief Financial Officer Markus Schwab will address.

Consider approval to amend the City of Griffin Fiscal Year 2015 Operating and Capital budget for Facilities in the Electric Utility Fund for the purchase of a Bi-Directional Antenna (BDA) at Thomas Property location

Consider a Resolution in support of submitting an application for the Tourism Product Development Grant.

Consider Agreement between the City of Griffin and the Spalding County Board of Commissioners for two (2) Inmate Work Details for duties at the Shoal Creek Landfill and Oakhill Memorial Cemetery, in the amount equal to the salary and benefits of two (2) Correctional Officers

Consider approving Task Order for Utility Service Group for the maintenance of the City of Griffin’s water tanks in the amount of $91,449.39 for the Water and Wastewater Department of the Public Works and Utilities Department. Director of Public Works and Utilities Department Brant D. Keller will address.

Consider the approval of a Task Order for an Inter-Basin Analysis to Paragon Consulting Group in the Amount of $192,310.00 for the Water and Wastewater Department of the Public Works and Utilities Department

Consider approval of a TOF for the Nitrification Analysis of Cabin Creek WWTP to Paragon Consulting Group in the amount of $21,905.00. for the Water and Waste Water Department of the Public Works and Utilities Department. Director of Public Works and Utilities Department  Brant D. Keller will address.

Consider the approval of a Task Order for the Valve Location and Condition Assessment to Paragon Consulting Group in the amount of $293,330.00 for the Water and Waste Water Department of the Public Works and Utilities Department. Director of Public Works and Utilities Department Brant D. Keller will address.

Consider the approval of an agreement with the United States Geological Survey Division of the United State Department of Interior for Flow Gauges in the amount of $58,105.00 for the Water and Wastewater Departments of the Public Works and Utilities Department.

Consider approval of the FY 2015 – 16 Mass Water Meter Purchase with Delta Municipal Supply Company in the amount of $793,800.00 for the Water and Wastewater Department of the Public Works and Utilities Department.

Consider approval of FY 2015-16 Task Order with Premier Systems Design(PSD) for continuation of work order solution design in the amount of $20,000.00 for the Public Works and Utilities Department.

Consider the approval of Task Order with Hazen and Sawyer Environmental Engineers & Scientists for the Inundation Study of Heads Creek Reservoir in the amount of $18,000.00 for the Water and Wastewater Department of the Public Works and Utilities Department.

Consider the approval of Task Order with Hazen and Sawyer Environmental Engineers & Scientists for the Inundation Study of Still Branch Reservoir in the amount of $18,900.00 for the Water and Wastewater Department of the Public Works and Utilities Department

Consider approval of an agreement with Raftelis Financial Consultants, Inc., for the calculation and support for the City of Griffin’s wholesale and retail water and sewer rates in the amount of $20,000.00 for the Water and Wastewater Department of the Public Works and Utilities Department.

Consider the award of a contract, Section 319(h) FY14 Grant – Element 12 “A.Z. Kelsey Avenue Ecosystem Restoration Project” from the Georgia EPD Nonpoint Source Program in the amount of $817,000.00 for the Stormwater Utility Department of the Public Works and Utilities Department.

Consider the approval of a Task Order to Tetra Tech for the Construction Management and Grant Administration for the AZ Kelsey Avenue Ecosystem Restoration Project in the amount of $55,000.00 for the Water-Wastewater and Stormwater Departments of the Public Works and Utilities Department.

Consider renewal of an annual Agreement with E. David Dickens for Foilage and Soils Environmental Services in the amount of $7,400.00 for the Water and Wastewater Department of the Public Works and Utilities Department.

Consider approval of a Resolution approving the borrowing of an amount not to exceed $12,700,000.00 from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, administered by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA), for upgrade and expansion of the Potato Creek Water/Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Consider approval of a Resolution approving the borrowing of an amount not to exceed $6,275,000.00 from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, administered by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA), for upgrade and improvements to the Flint River Pumping Station.

Consider the approval of a Task Order for the Tracer Studies and Mixing Evaluations of Harry Simmons WTP and Still Branch WTP to Burns-McDonnell in the amount of $36,500.00 for the Water and Wastewater Department of the Public Works and Utilities Department. Director of Public Works and Utilities Brant D. Keller will address.

Consider the approval of 2015-2016 Meter Reading Agreement TruCheck for the Water and Wastewater Department of the Public Works and Utilities Department.

Consider the approval of a Task Order for the Cabin Creek Wastewater Basin to Burns-McDonnell for modeling wastewater flows and hydraulic design in the amount of $235,800.00 for the Water and Wastewater Department