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Page 4B January 9, 2019 iR orter By Richard Dumas Monroe County Commis- sioners set new Monroe County Sheriff Brad Freeman's salary at $85,000. Freeman's base pay was set at $71,784, which was the state required minimum, with an ad- ditional supplement of $13,216 to bring Freeman's salary to $85,000. Commissioners unanimously approved Freeman's salary following about an estimated 20-minute dosed meeting on Thursday, Dec. 27 to discuss personnel. Former sheriff John Cary Bit- tick earned $98,641 in his last full year with the county in 2017. In other Board of Commission- ers' news: , Monroe County commission- ers unanimously re-appointed on Thursday, Jan. 3 four county lead- ers for 2019. County attorney Ben Vaughn, road superintendent Junior Watts, zoning officer Anita Buice and clerk Jim Hedges were all re- appointed to new one-year terms. Commission chairman Greg Tapley also re-appointed EMA director Matt Perry to another one-year term. Monroe County Commis- sioners unanimously approved on Thursda Dec. 27 to contract with the University of Georgia's (UGA) Carl Vinson Institute to conduct a comprehensive salary and benefits survey for all Mon- roe County employees. The cost of the survey is $23,000 and was included in the county's newly-approved 2019 budget. New county manager Jim Hedges, who proposed the study, said the evaluation won't begin until May 1, 2019 and will take an estimated six months to complete. District I commissioner Larry Evans said he firmly supports the idea, saying the county has previously allowed the Middle Georgia Regional Commission (MGRC) to do its salary studies but had never before used the Carl Vinson Institute. By Richard Dumas forsyth@rnymc net Monroe County Commissioners will apply for a 2019 federal grant to refurbish the county's aging Health Department building. Morris Hutcheson, Director of Devel- opment & Special Projects for the North Central Health District, and Whitney Lovett, Monroe County Health Depart- ment nurse manager, asked commission- ers to apply for the $750,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) award to fix critical building repairs at the county health office. Hutcheson said repairs needed at the 6,000 square-foot building, which was con- structed in 1956 and added onto in 1992, include: plumbing improvements estimat- ed at $28,000, enhanced electrical outlets and wiring needs estimated at $75,000, flooring needs estimated at $40,000 to $50,000, cabinetry improvements estimat- ed at $60,000, remodeled clerical space and lab areas and a new paint job. Hutcheson proposed asking the Middle Georgia Regional Commission (MGRC) to write the grant request and to procure architectural services for a preliminary report to be submitted with the request. Hutcheson also said he would assist the MGRC with the grant request, which must be submitted by April 1, 2019 and, ff selected, would be awarded by September 2019. Commissioners must provide match- ing funds for the grant in the amount of at least 3 percent of the grant request. Hutcheson, who said the Health Depart- ment could provide some of the match- ing fund cost out of its own budget, told commissioners the more matching funds they provided, the more likely they would receive the grant. If commissioners complete the grant request for the health department renovations, they will not be eligible to apply for another CDBG grant until 2021. District 1 commissioner Larry Evans said Monroe County has been passed over previouSly for CDBG grants because county residents' income levels were too high. However, Hutcheson said since 99 percent of the 6,000 annual citizens served: by the health department are designated as having low to moderate income, Monroe County should be strongly considered this time around. Hutcheson said five of the last six CDBG requests he's assisted with have been chosen. Evans, who abstained from voting because of his being a member of the Monroe County Board of Health, said the building needs improvements badly. Evans, who said he recalled attending the buildings opening in 1956 when citizens got polio shots, said it recently flooded while the health board was meeting there. After about 30 minutes of discussion, commissioners approved the measure by a 4-0 vote. I NCIDE NTS told Forsyth officer rim Barnett he started talking crazy and she that a guest was having a woman woke him to tell him someone Continued from 3B that she wouldr/'t receive her gov- called his wife to come pick him visit his room regularly and she was trying to turn the door ernment disability payment until up. Before the wife could arrive didn't like it. officers told the handle to get inside. The resident that night and so couldn't get her the man knocked out the glass manager that she would have to said when he went to the door he car back from the tow yard, and to her front door and broke the talk to the guest because no law found the woman trying to get I:cono Lodge guest thus she was homeless. Bamett door frame. The man told author- was being broken, inside. When the resident asked reports suitcase stolen called the county's ministerial ities he was being chased and had the woman what she wanted, she from motel hallway association which provides motel to get out of the woman's home. Woman arrested after tried to force her way into his vouchers for travelers and one of He was arrested and charged with A guest at the Econo Lodge told the pastors approved her to stay trespassing. Later police were trying to enter Harper her.h meTheat womanWhich pointthenhegottackledaway Forsyth officer Bruce Hughley on another night, dispatched to Union Hill Drive La l home on Jan. 1 from him and ran into the woods Dec. 31 that someone had stolen where the same suspect said he beside his home at which point his suitcase after he set it down Sharp Street resident was arguing with his girlfriend A 36-year-old white Forsyth he called 9-1-1. Deputies then and asked to be taken away. He woman was arrested and charged found the woman lying on her in a hallway near the lobby. The reports acquaintance was taken to New Forsyth Inn to with disorderly conduct after back in the woods with her hands clothesguest saidandhehishadbirthabOUtcertificate$600 in broke front door g lass get a room. she allegedly tried to break into under her body, appearing to inside. A Sharp Street resident told a Harper Lane home on Jan. 1. be unresponsive. Deputies then Forsyth officer Bruce Hughley on Motel manager calls At about 2 a.m a male Harper handcuffed the woman, who Ministerial Association lan. 1 that she heard a knock on police about guest Lane resident told Dep. Peyton smelled strongly of alcohol. The Henderson and Cpl. Jacob Robins woman, who refused to give her assists driver involved the back door and recognized the entertaining woman that a woman wearing a black name, told deputies she was try- in hit-and-run wreck visitor as an acquaintance. The jacket and blue jeans tried to ing to get away from "that man." man said someone was chas- The manager of the New For- break into his home. The resident Deputies then took the woman A woman involved in a hit-and- ing him and he was trying to syth Inn told officers David As- told deputies he was asleep in to the Monroe County Jail, where run on 1-75 on New Year's Eve get away. Then all of the sudden bell and George Foster on Jan. 2 his bedroom when his daughters she was identified. Macon Regional Crimestoppers needs the public's help in locating these wanted persons for arrest. Macon Regional Crimestoppers offers rewards of up to $2,000 for tips that lead to arrests. Leads or "tips" can be provided to Crimestoppers through its tip line at 478-742-2330 or 1-877-68CRIME or via its online tip submission. 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