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About 11:00 AM Monday units of the Griffin Police Department, Griffin Fire Rescue, Spalding Regional EMS, and the EPD, responded to the scene of a accident involving a Ford F-350 pulling a large Generator and fuel trailer for a movie crew.  The Driver of the rig lost control as he approached the bridge at the bypass and highway 16 west of the City and ran off the embankment at the bypass intersection. The generator and trailer kept the rig from falling on to the bypass.  The resulting impact caused 2 fuel cells for the Generator to spill a small amount of diesel fuel into the area and on the bypass. A large wrecker responded to the scene and lifted the truck and trailer back on the highway 16 right of way.  Griffin Fire rescue called City Street crews and they placed sand in the area to help contain the spill.  The EPD was also called to the scene.  Most of the afternoon was spent retrieving the sand and fuel spill from and cleaning the area that was contaminated.  The incident remains under investigation by the Griffin Police Department and the EPD.  The drier was only sligfhty injured, and there were no injuries from the responding emergency workers.

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The Griffin-Spalding County School System will continue to offer a safe learning environment by partnering with the Griffin Police Department. Administrators met with both the Police Chief Steven Heaton and Lt. Mike Natale last week to develop a working plan for K-9 drug searches at middle and high schools including the campus and parking lots.

“Our goal is to provide an environment that keeps students and staff safe,” said Superintendent Curtis L. Jones, Jr., Ed.D. “Griffin PD is willing to help us ensure the safety of our campuses.”

Throughout the school year, searches will be scheduled at various campuses.

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Saturday afternoon about 3: pm units of the Spalding Sheriffs Department, Troopers from the Griffin Post of the Georgia State Patrol, Spalding Fire Department, Spalding Regional EMS, and Emory Air flight responded to a two vehicle collision at Westminster road and Highway 16 to the 911 report of a two vehicle accident. When emergency crews arrived at the scene they found that 4 individuals were injured. Three were sent to Spalding Regional for treatment.  One individual was airlifted by Emory Air Flight Helicopter air ambulance based at the Griffin Spalding Airport when a landing zone was established on Highway 16 West.  The individual was taken to the Atlanta Medical Center. The accident remains under investigation and more information is expected to be released later.

 

 

 

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Units of the Griffin Police Department, Spalding Regional EMS, Griffin Fire Rescue, and Emory Air Flight responded late Friday night to a 911 call of a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle in the North Hill Street area.  The driver of the vehicle fled the scene on foot. Investigators found that the two individuals lived in the same house. A look out was placed for driver of the vehicle.  The pedestrian was airlifted by Helicopter Air Ambulance to the Atlanta Medical Center for treatment. The incident remains under investigation more information is expected to be released later by the Griffin Police Department.

 

 

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On Monday the Spalding County Commissioners will meet to Consider a resolution authorizing the 2014  SPLOST the Special Called Meeting will be at 9:00 AM at the ;meeting room at 119 E. Solomon St.,  The SPLOST is expected to include new paving for streets in the County and maintenance for streets needing  repair.  Also the SPLOST is expected to include items for the Parks and Recreation Department, possibly a Olympic size enclosed swimming pool for the Recreation Department at Wyomia Tyus park on Cowan Road. The pool has been discussed for many years and is being asked for by the swim teams at both high schools and could also be used for swim meets bringing additional revenue into the City and County from attendees that will stay in our motels, and use our facilities in Griffin.

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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.

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On Monday the Spalding County Commissioners will meet to Consider a resolution authorizing the 2014  SPLOST the Special Called Meeting will be at 9:00 AM at the ;meeting room at 119 E. Solomon St.,  The SPLOST is expected to include new paving for streets in the County and maintenance for streets needing  repair.  Also the SPLOST is expected to include items for the Parks and Recreation Department, possibly a Olympic size enclosed swimming pool for the Recreation Department at Wyomia Tyus park on Cowan Road. The pool has been discussed for many years and is being asked for by the swim teams at both high schools and could also be used for swim meets bringing additional revenue into the City and County from attendees that will stay in our motels, and use our facilities in Griffin.

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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.

 

 

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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.

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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.