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Page 6C January 9, 2019 Reporter e t Mary Persons Senior Zachary Potts was able to audition on his horn at several prestigious European colleges thanks to connections from his Macon-based music teacher. Center is Stephan Dorh, first horn chair of the Berlin Philharmonic, and Potts, right, backstage at Berlin Philhar- monic, Berlin, Germany. Left to right are Mayor Eric Wil- son, City Manager Janice Hall, Forsyth- Monroe County Chamber of Corn- merce CEO Che- rie Lance, Taylor Bittick, Kayleigh Sullivan. The 2018 Leadership Monroe Class project, "Forsyth Foxhunt" came in under budget. Class President Taylor Bittick and Vice President Kayleigh Sullivan presented the remainder of the funds raised to the city to be used for promotion and maintenance of the interactive scavenger hunt/public art instal- lation. Either Forsyth Main Street or Forsyth Convention & Visitors Bureau will be respon- sible for the ongoing promotion and mainte- nance of the attraction. Bittick said Forsyth Foxhunt was a labor of love for the Leadership Monroe Class of 2018. The class members are proud of the results and that it was successfully installed and completed within the year. The remain- ing $6,200 will be used for social media and printed materials associated with Forsyth Foxhunt. Bittick said the present website is free, but there are funds to pay for a domain name. Class member Lisa Lee is working on a children's book about the fox characters in the scavenger hunt. "I do believe there is a lot of potential" said Bittick. "In Greenville [S.C.] Mice on Main has exploded" "It is a neat project" said Mayor Eric Wilson. "It's a great way for visitors to get acquainted with the town" g mill' Central Georgia EMC, South- ern Rivers Energy, and Ogletho- rpe Power Corp. presented a 2018 ad valorem tax payment of $3,386,562.60 to the Monroe County Tax Commissioner's of- rice. The taxes are for Oglethorpe Power's 60 percent ownership in Units 1 and 2 of the Robert W. Scherer coal-fired plant and other property in Monroe County. Oglethorpe Power is a whole- sale electric power cooperative owned by and serving 38 electric membership corporations, or EMCs, in Georgia. This includes Central Georgia EMC and South- ern Rivers Energy, which provide service in Monroe County. Around the state, Oglethorpe Power will pay approxi- mately $41 million in 2018 property taxes for power-generating facilities that it owns or co-owns on behalf of its Member EMCs. Oglethorpe Power is one of the nation's largest power supply cooperatives with approximately $11 billion in assets serving 38 EMCs which, i ill! (L to R): John H. Pope, board of directors, Southern Rivers Energy; Michael McMillan, president/CEO, Southern Rivers Energy; Lori Andrews, tax commissioner, Monroe County; Ben Thomason, chief operating officer, Central Georgia EMC; Phillip Benson Ham, Jr board of directors, Central Georgia EMC; George L. Weaver, president/CEO, Central Georgia EMC; Mary Long, senior community relations coordinator, Oglethorpe Power Corporation. collectively, provide electricity to hydroelectric, coal and nuclear Power was established in 1974 approximately 4.1 million Geor- generating plants with a com- and is owned by its 38 Member gia residents. Its diverse energy bined capacity of approximately EMCs. Its headquarters are in portfolio includes natural gas, 7,800 megawatts. Oglethorpe Tucker. , By Diane Glidewell on Sunday until 12:30 p.m. The 12:30 p.m. time restriction still applies On Dec. 17 Forsyth city to package sales of beer, council unanimously ap- wine and liquor at retail proved amending its code stores. to allow sale of alcoholic No one spoke either beverages by the drink on for or against the change Sunday beginning at 11 at Forsyth's public hear- a.m. Previously alcohol ing. City attorney Bobby sales were not allowed Melton explained that 1 We re Here 109D Patrol Road When you Need Us! 478-994-9911 your accolmt online i the change is the result of Georgia's "Brunch Law;' which allowed a referen- dum before voters regard- ing the change. It was initiated by restaurants whose customers wished to order alcoholic bever- ages.with morning meals. Melton said that in the referendum put before Forsyth voters on Nov. 6, there were 1,168 votes in favor of the change, and 563 voted against it. In the same meeting, council approved the ap- Heating & A/C, Inc. We Service All Brands of Heating & Air Conditioning Units Serving Monroe County & Surrounding Areas for over 40 years Free Estimates Financing Available Juliette Rd. Forsyth, GA 478-994-6127 Ga.Reg U 401419 turn to the experts~ ~:;, ~; plication for sale of alco- his storage building on posal for the contract. She holic beverages at Pickled Adams Street. The build- said that Utility Partners Okra, 35 West Johnston ing was formerly knownaccepted all requests for Street. The application as the Gallery 51 building, adjustments in the con- was made by new owner The closure was granted tracts that the city made, Jason Turner. There were for 90 days to place asuch as making it clear the no comments either for dumpster beside the city is not liable for fines or against the application building for demolition of or penalties unless the at council's public hearing the top floor, city is knowledgeable and for the alcohol license. Cone said that the negligent. Council approved the climate-controlled storage closure of Jackson Street units on the bottom floor Forsyth awarded a next to Pickled Okra, are completely full so they contract to maintain the from Johnston to Ad- are now remodeling thelights on the 1-75 en- ares Street, from Friday top floor. He expects the trance and exit ramps to morning, Dec. 29 through work to be completed in Brooks-Berry-Haynie & Saturday evening, Dec. 30 60 days but asked for 90 Associates. This company at the request of Chelsea days to be sure to have already has a contract Wilson for a wedding enough time. He said they with the city to maintain reception. Both lanes were can't find another place the center lights on the " to be closed to vehicle for the dumpster, and the interstate within the city traffic but open to pedes- placement will still leave limits. The city will pay trian traffic. A request room for some parallelan additional $885.40 for temporary electrical parking. No one spoke in per month to add the power was also approved, opposition to the street lights on the ramps to the Council member Greg closure, contract. The contract is Goolsby abstained from $22,291 per year. the vote. Forsyth awarded the "We don't have the contract for management equipment or expertise to In other Forsyth Coun- of its water and sewer sys- maintain the lights," said cil news: terns to Utility Partners, Hall. LLC, the same company She said that Georgia Council unanimously that currently holds the Department of Transpor- approved a request from contracts. City Manager tation is in the process of Wes Cone to close part Ianice Hall said the city changing the lighting to of Phelps Street next to put out a Request for Pro- LED lights. ' i ' L