The Spalding county Commissioners will meet May 4, 2015 at 6:00 PM in Room 108, of the Annex

Terri Jenkins, Fire Management Specialist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will present the Fire Service Leadership Award to Eric Mosley, Spalding County Assistant County Manager.

During the Meeting the Commissioners will Consider approval of Proclamation designating Tuesday May 19, 2015 as “Iris Charter Chapter 1620 American Business Women’s Association Day” in Spalding County.

Consider approval on second reading an ordinance amending the Animal Control Ordinance by striking subparagraph (g) and inserting a new paragraph (g) regarding the establishment of fees and designation of Veterinary Clinics.

Consider approval on second reading: Amendment to UDO #A-15-03: Article 2. Definitions of terms to Amend definition of Manufactured Home, Class A.

Consider approval of the following amplification permits as requested by Chris Smith of the Griffin The Moose Lodge for several outdoor events to be held on the following dates at the Griffin Moose Lodge located at 1435 Zebulon Road:

1. May 25, 2015 Memorial Day Family Pool Event from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
2. June 20, 2015 Luau Pool Event from 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
3. July 4, 2015 July 4 th Family Pool Event from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
4. September 7, 2015 Labor Day Family Pool Event from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Consider approval of an Amplification Permit submitted by Union Baptist Church to host a Memorial Day Celebration and Picnic at 1405 N. McDonough Road on Sunday, May 24 th, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Consider request from Eagles Way Church for the use of the Annex Parking lot and meeting room for their “Mid Georgia Doc Holiday Festival” September 25-26, 2015.

Consider approval of an Intergovernmental Agreement with the Georgia Department of Corrections for the contracted care and custody of State Offenders at the Correctional Institute in Spalding County.

Consider renewal of lease with the Department of Veterans Services located at 819 Memorial Drive.

Consider approval of an addendum to the Intergovernmental Agreement between Spalding County and the City of Griffin for the North Hill Street Corridor Transportation Project, Intersection No. 2.

Consider approval of the Service Agreement for Operation of the Three Rivers Regional Transit System in Spalding County.

Establish date for Public Hearing on proposed Animal Sterilization Requirement Ordinance and Unaltered Animal Permit Ordinance.

Consider appointment of two members to the Executive Committee of the Griffin-Spalding County Archway Partnership.

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Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCS) Kindergarten registration for the 2015-16 school year will be held May 4 – 22, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (M-F). Kindergarten registration is located at the Parent Service Center, 234 East Taylor Street.

Students enrolling in kindergarten must be five years old by Sept. 1, 2015. Students currently enrolled in a GSCS pre-kindergarten class do not need to register for kindergarten.

Parents/guardians are asked to bring their future kindergartener to registration to assess their readiness levels prior to beginning school. This consists of asking your child a few questions about basic skills (colors, letters, numbers, etc.). This will help ensure your child is placed in a class that best meets his/her academic needs and strengths.

Required registration documents include:

  • Certified copy of the Certificate of Birth.
  • Certificate of Immunization, Form No. 3231.
  • Certificate of Eye, Ear, & Dental Screening Examination, Form No. 3300.
  •  Social Security Card.
  • Proof of Residency – either a dated mortgage statement/payment OR a rental agreement copy with the names of all people living in the house.
  • Any one of: utility, telephone or cable bill; current property tax bill; homeowner’s insurance policy; current year income tax form
  •  Photo ID of LEGAL parent/guardian.
  • Proof of custody/guardianship and any legal custody documents.


A ban on outdoor burning will begin May 1st in 54 Georgia Counties primarily in the northern half of the state including Spalding County. This annual restriction is required by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Environmental Protection Division to enhance air quality during the summer months when high ozone levels negatively impact citizen’s health. “Elevated ozone and particulate matter can contribute to watery eyes, breathing issues, and lung and heart disease” says Surgeon General Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, M.D.
“The air is typically hot and stagnate when the summer ban on burning yard and land-clearing debris is in effect,” said Spalding County Fire Chief, Kenny West. “That mean less particulate matter that may influence air quality being released in the most populated areas of Georgia. Our fire personnel in conjunction with the Georgia Forestry Commission will be closely monitoring and responding to any outdoor burning, whose smoke could impact air quality.”
The burn ban will be in effect from May 1 through September 30, 2015 and affects the following counties: Banks, Barrow, Bartow, Bibb, Butts, Carroll, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Clarke, Clayton, Cobb, Columbia, Coweta, Crawford, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Floyd, Fulton, Gordon, Gwinnett, Hall, Haralson, Heard, Henry, Houston, Jackson, Jasper, Jones, Lamar, Lumpkin, Madison, Meriwether, Monroe, Newton, Oconee, Paulding, Peach, Pickens, Pike, Polk, Putnam, Richmond, Rockdale, Spalding, Troup, Twiggs, Upson, Walker, and Walton.
“As we move into late spring and the summer months in Spalding County, everyone needs to monitor their local conditions and remain vigilant when burning outdoors”, said Chief West. “Even a campfire, barbecue grill, or an overheated lawnmower can spark a wildfire. By being vigilant we make it a safe and healthy summer of 2015.”
For more information about the annual EPD summer burn regulations and burn permits, visit or

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In March of 2015 the Police Department issued a fraud alert in reference to a scam involving two individuals using a U-Haul truck attempting to fraudulently obtain merchandise from Blake’s Building Supply in Griffin and another business in Jackson, Georgia.  On April 17, 2015 the suspects attempted to commit their scam on another local business.  Remembering the alert that had been posted the business notified the Police Department.  Investigators Cpl. Mike Morris and Inv. Stacy Beckom put together an undercover operation which was executed on April 20, 2015.  As result of the operation the suspects were apprehended attempting to pick up property that they believed was approved by the fraudulent transaction from Friday the 17th.  The two suspects were identified as Gerald Deshazor, 29 years of age from of Hampton and Alondzae Reeves, 32 years of age from Jonesboro.  Both suspects had recently relocated to this area from Pennsylvania where the U-Haul was confirmed to be rented during an earlier investigation by Inv. Beckom.  Both subjects are currently incarcerated in Spalding County Jail.

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 The first order of business at the Griffin City Commissioners Meeting 04/21/15:

The commissioners recognized: Captain Donald Britt with the Police Department, for 25 years of dedicated service to the City of Griffin. Captain Britt has worked in nearly every position with the P.D. He currently commands the Criminal Investigation unit.

After a lengthy discussion the commissioners tabled for further information, a request for a variance of the Griffin Unified Development Code to subdivide a lot creating two non-conforming lots, for property located at 728 E. Tinsley Street/228 Morris Street, submitted by Russell Johnson.

The Variance request stems from the applicant’s property having dual frontage along two (2) roadways with two (2) single family homes constructed on a single lot. The applicant wishes to subdivide the property so that the houses can be sold separately.  One house was built in 1940. Another was built in 1989 but there is no record of a plat showing the lot being divided when the new house was built.

The commissioners Approved:    a request to amend the Unified Development Code, of the City of Griffin, for Historic Character Signs. The purpose of the ordinance amendment is to include the “Killed in Action” plaques as a permitted sign.  The pintail plaque design was approved by the Historic Preservation Commission based on size and style.

Approved:  a Standard Office Lease between the City of Griffin and Portal Labs, LLC for suite #403 of One Griffin Center in the amount of $4054.80 per year. This is an annual lease with two one-year renewals effective May 1, 2015.

The Commissioners accepted:   Recognition of Still Branch Water Treatment Plant and Harry Simmons Water Treatment Plant Platinum Awards, and Shoal Creek Water/Wastewater Treatment Plant Gold Award from the Georgia Association of Water Professionals.  Director Public Works and Utilities Director Brant D. Keller presented the Recognition.

The commissioners Accepted:   Recognition by the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAPW), for “Plant of the Year Award,” in the Category of Surface Water 9MGD – 14.99MGD to the Still Branch Water Treatment Plant.  Dr. Brant Keller, Director of Public Works and Utilities presented the award.

Approved:  a Resolution in recognition of Water Professionals Appreciation Day on Monday, May 4, 2015. The Georgia General Assembly recently amended the Official Code of Georgia, relating to holidays and observances, to designate the first Monday in May of each year as “Water Professionals Appreciation Day” in Georgia.  The City of Griffin approved this resolution, to designate May 4, 2015 as a special day of recognition for men and women who work tirelessly in our City to ensure that our tap water is safe and that our water resources are protected and properly managed.


Approved:  a Resolution amending the City of Griffin’s Water / Wastewater Utility Fund Fiscal Year Operating and Capital Budget by appropriating $50,000.00 (expense) to equipment rental and $50,000.00 (revenue) to insurance claim (pending insurance reimbursement), in order to cover expenses resulting from a catastrophic pump motor failure. On January 8, 2015 the Still Branch Water Treatment Plant (WTP) experienced a catastrophic motor failure on its High Service Pump #2.   At the time of motor #2’s failure, the drive on High Service Pump #1 was in route to Magna Drive, located in Washington State, because of a suspected malfunction inside the drive.  With both High Service Pumps down, the Still Branch WTP needed to install temporary pumps in order to have the ability to provide water to the distribution network in the case of an emergency.

Approved:    a Task Order for the Bid Documents and Construction Management for Intersections and Signalization, in the amount of $206,700.00, for the Public Works and Utilities Department. These projects are programmed in the 2008 SPLOST. They consist of the re-design of Experiment Street, Broad Street and 10 th Street, the vertical alignment of West College Street with 12th Street, and 3 signal upgrades with mast and arms at West Broad and 8 th Streets, College Street and 8 th Street, and College Street and 9 th Street.

Approved:   a Timber Sales Agreement with Piedmont Forestry, LLC for the harvesting of timber at Still Branch Regional Reservoir for the Water and Wastewater Department of the Public Works and Utilities Department. The spray field used for sludge management at the Still Branch Water Treatment Plant needs thinning and expanding. The area consists of approximately 75 acres. The sale price per ton is $10.25 for pine pulpwood; super pulpwood is $15.30; pine chip and saw $18.30 per ton; pallet wood is $22.50; and hardwood pulpwood is $5.40 per ton. The City of Griffin will receive $7,000.00 in advance and the balance upon completion of timber sale.

Approved:   of Bid Award and Work Contract from Steele & Associates, Inc., for the Thomaston Mill Village (CDBG)  Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $572,859.00 for the Water and Wastewater Department of the Public Works and Utilities Department. This is Phase VI of the water and wastewater renewals of water distribution and wastewater collection systems in the Thomaston Mill Village. The bid price was negotiated from $617,625.00 down to $572,859.00 to meet the allotted funding of the construction budget.

Approved:  to accept a grant from the Central Georgia EMC in the amount of $1,200.00 to fund a regional seminar on fireworks compliance and safety (the Enforcement Officials Fireworks Training Program).  Seminar to be taught by the American Pyrotechnics Association on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at the University of Georgia, Griffin Campus. All metro Atlanta and EMC member agencies will be invited, as well as a statewide invitation to all Georgia fire departments. There is no matching funds required in the grant.

Approved:  a Request for the acceptance of the Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) from the Department of Justice in the amount of $15,876.00 for the purchase of in-car cameras for the Police Department. There is no matching funds required with the grant. No impact on the City budget.

Approved:  to execute a Non-Residential Gas Extension Contract between Atlanta Gas Light Company (AGL) and the City of Griffin for installation of natural gas at 1010 N. Hill Street, commonly referred to as the Thomas Property, to serve a generator.  The new building is total electric except for the standby generator, which is dependent on natural gas. Because the natural gas service will only be needed for a standby generator, the City is required to contribute $1788.02 in order to initiate the installation.  The installation costs will be funded by the Thomas Property Development (Construction Phase) Capital Budget Item.

Approved:  to amend the Storm Water Fund for the Public Works and Utilities budget for $17,000 for culvert repairs.

The Commissioners:   Appointed:  Commissioner Doug Hollberg as the voting delegate for GMA 2015 Annual Convention for Membership Business Meeting on Sunday, June 28, 2015.  Member cities designate a voting delegate for the GMA membership business meeting and respond in writing to Georgia Municipal Association by June 1.


UPDATE:  Sheriff Wendell Beam hs advised that both men have made bond.  The amouint of the bond was set at over 4800 .00 per individual. 


On April 1, 2015, the Griffin Police Department was notified by the Department of Family Children Services and contacted by officials from the Human Resource Department of the Griffin-Spalding County School System in reference to an incident that occurred at Atkinson Elementary School on March 26, 2015.  According to school officials, parents of two children reported that the school Principal Mr. Aveory Allen and a teacher, Coach Derek Wilder allegedly used excessive physical force with two students during an after school detention incident.  The case was assigned to the Juvenile Investigations Division of the Police Department which began an extensive investigation into the allegations.

Over the course of the next several weeks, with cooperation from the school system, lead Investigator Sergeant Karen Yancy conducted several forensic interviews with multiple student witnesses, and the alleged victims.  Additionally, there were several other interviews conducted with parents, school staff and other witnesses.  During the investigation it was determined that there were discrepancies in statements made by Mr. Allen to parents, school officials, and the police department.  Based on those inconsistencies, including one by Mr. Allen that the two juvenile victims were fighting at the time of the incident that were not true, the evidence and testimony of all those interviewed it was determined that the physical contact made by the principal and teacher exceeded what would normally be used during a disciplinary action and constituted a battery defined by Georgia annotated code.

Upon completing the investigation and consulting with the District Attorney’s office the decision was made to file charges of Cruelty to Children in the 2nd Degree and Battery.  Both Mr. Allen and Mr. Wilder were charged with one count each of the aforementioned charges.  On Monday, April 27, 2015, the warrants were signed and the attorney representing Mr. Allen and Mr. Wilder was notified at which time arrangements were made for them to turn themselves in to the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office early this morning.  Both Mr. Avery and Mr. Wilder have complied.

The Griffin Police Department would like to state that we are very familiar with the good character and reputation of both of the men involved in this incident.  In as much as it is an unfortunate event for all parties involved we make our decisions based on the facts and evidence.  Further information regarding actions taken by the school system should be addressed to the Griffin-Spalding County School System Executive Director of Communications, Judy Parker at 678-603-7716.


GSCS Places Employees on Leave

Two Atkinson Elementary School employees are on leave for an incident where they are alleged to have had physical contact with students during an altercation in after school detention.  Principal Aveory Allen and teacher Derek Wilder agreed to administrative leave pending further action. The incident was reported to police and investigated by both Griffin Police Department and Griffin-Spalding County School System.

Complaints were filed with district officials by the parent of each student.  School administrators immediately began an investigation that included interviewing witnesses.  Statements affirmed that two male students were grabbed by the neck.

GSCS notified Griffin Police as required by law.  GSCS was notified today by Griffin Police Department that felony warrants were issued for child cruelty and a misdemeanor battery.

Assistant Principal Tiffany Campbell is guiding the school in the interim and the school district will provide additional administrative support as needed.

UPDATE:  Sheriff Wendell Beam hs advised that both men have made bond.  The amouint of the bond was set at over 4800 .00 per individual. 






Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education Superintendent Search Process Update



The application window for the Griffin Spalding County Schools (GSCS) superintendent closed Friday. Numerous candidates from across the state and nation applied. Applications were accepted as long as they were postmarked before or on the deadline date, as directed by the GSCS Board of Education.

Twenty-one people applied for the position. “We are pleased to receive such a strong group of applications from manywell-qualified candidates. This is a very positive reflection on the Griffin-
Spalding community.

People from across the state and beyond hold the local school system in high regard, and recognize this area as a wonderful place to live, work, and play” stated Dr. Stephanie Gordy, Executive Director of Griffin RESA, the organization helping to facilitate the search.

The GSCS Board of Education will review all applications in early May in order to complete interviews and identify finalists by early June. The Board intends to hire the new Superintendent to begin on July 1, 2015.

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The 2015 session of the Griffin Police Department’s Citizen’s Police Academy will be held May 14, through July 16, 2015

The Griffin Police Department will be conducting its annual “Citizen’s Police Academy” Thursday nights from 6:30pm to 9:00pm, May 14 – July 16, 2015. In this free 10 week program citizens will have the opportunity to see the inner workings of the Griffin Police Department and participate in open forums where they will be encouraged to ask questions and interact with officers and staff while learning how the police department operates.

During this popular program, Citizen’s Police Academy students will be exposed to many different aspects of law enforcement such as search and seizure, criminal procedure, narcotics, criminal, and juvenile investigations, crime scene processing, use of force and force options, patrol function, traffic law and enforcement, vehicle pursuits, criminal street gangs, firearms familiarization, Special Response Team and K-9 operations, court room procedures, law enforcement ethics, and community outreach programs. Most of the class sessions will involve practical exercises designed to encourage student participation accompanied by classroom lecture.

If you are interested in attending, applications may be picked up at the Griffin Police Department located at 868 W. Poplar Street Griffin Georgia 30224, or you may download an application from the City of Griffin’s website at WWW.CityofGriffin.Com.

NOTE: All applications must be returned to the Griffin Police Department no later than Friday May 8, 2015. Class space is limited to 25 students. Prospective applicants must be at least (18) years of age. Applicants will be required to sign a Hold Harmless Agreement and will be subject to a criminal history and background check as a pre-condition to acceptance into the academy.   If you have questions you may contact Lt. Darrell Dix at the Griffin Police Department (770) 229-6450 ext. 394 or by email at DDix@CityofGriffin.Com.

Come and help us celebrate our 12th Anniversary on Friday, May 8, 2015 in the Gym of Christ’s Church at Whitewater. A Rumba lesson will be taught by our resident instructor and dance host, Al Marshall.  The lesson will be a “mixer” format. The beginner lesson starts at 7 p.m. and the intermediate lesson at 7:30 p.m.  Come to either or both lessons!  Dance from 8-10:45 p.m.  Attire: smart casual.  Finger foods, water, and sodas are provided. All dancers and dance students are welcome! Come dance foxtrot, waltz, swing, rumba, cha cha, tango, night club two-step, and more!  Music and lighting by DJ Bill Mitchell.