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January 9, 2019 Page 7C i orter t "Chase the Chill" is an annual event in Macon with crochd and knitted scarves and hats displayed on trees, bushes, etc. on a prominent street for anyone in need to take. When Peach Blossom Quilters President, Cathy Thompson, learned that "Chase the Chill" might not happen this year, she took the initiative to continue the event. She recruited crocheters and knitters, includ- ing members of Peach Blossom Quilters, United Daughters of the Confederacy, The Children of the Confederacy, and The Lin- eage Society of Cannonball House, to make a record number of scarves and hats. Over 300 items were offered. Each was tagged with a note encouraging anyone in need to make a selection. Cathy and several volunteers displayed the scarves and hats on Third Street starting along Poplar Street on Dec. 22. It was magi- cal to see the handmade items along the street and being chosen by needy recipients. One gentleman returned three times to find the perfect scarf for his wife. Finally, he brought her with him, and everyone en- couraged her to choose.This was definitely an event in keeping with the holiday spirit. Peach Blossom Quilters meet the 3rd Saturday of the month at The Sanctu- ary Church, 12643 Highway 87, Miette. For more information, email peachblos- somquiltersC, ahoo.com. (Photo/Courtesy of Donna Vandable) e By Diane Glidewell news@rnymcr.nef Forsyth Planning & Zoning Commission paved the way for a second new concrete company to come to Forsyth when it en- dorsed a variance and condition- al use on ]an. 4 for Fowler Flemis- ter Concrete to open a plant. Three members of the company's leadership team attended the meeting to tell the Commission about their company and their plans for 26-plus acres off Hwy. 83 near Forsyth's northern city limits. The variance will allow an additional 38 feet for a silo (The height limit for a structure in the city code is 45 feet). The conditional use will also include a concrete batching operation at the property, which is zoned Highway Business. 'Batching' is the combining of various ingre- dients to make concrete and is done in a silo. These ingredients are funneled into a concrete truck where the final mixing is done before the concrete is delivered to a site. "Welcome to the community. We hope you stay for a long time;' said P & Z Commission member Steve Coleman to Gus Pursley III, President of Fowler Flemister Concrete, Inc.; John Gus Pursley, VP for Business Development; and McKenzie Davenport, CFO. "We try to give back to the community that gives to us;' said Gus Pursley III. The request for variance and conditional use will now go before city council for final ap- proval, probably at its meeting on Tuesday, ]an. 22. Fowler Flemister Concrete is based in Milledgeville and includes a total of five locations where it produces concrete and markets complementary build- ing materials and tools. The other locations are Greensboro, Ea- tonton (Lake Oconee), Madison and Monticello. Davenport said that each concrete plant serves a radius of about 20-30 miles. He said there is no concrete provider in Forsyth; so it will be a good expansion for his company. He said Macon, Bamesville and Griffin currently supply con- crete to Forsyth. There will be a showroom at the main entrance offCollege Street that will exhibit and sell products like sand, stone, block, metal goods, plastic goods, rebar and bagged goods. The silo and concrete operation will be in the middle of the property, where it will not be seen easily from the main roads because of the slope of the land. "We run a very clean opera- tion;' said Davenport. "We put down concrete pads throughout:' He said Forsyth is a good fit for Fowler Flemister Concrete because it focuses on locating in small towns and working with its communities. He said it is a family-owned business. Gus Pursley ]r who passed away in October, began working with it after WWII, bought it with a partner in 1966 and is succeeded in its leadership by Gus Pursley III and Gus Pursley IV. The company plans to buy the Forsyth property from Keith Harbuck. Davenport said it is flat, graded, open and not currently being used; most of the property surrounding it is vacant. There is a sewer line in the middle of the property and Town Creek at the back of it. Coleman asked if the company might expand its operation on the property in the future. Daven- port said flit did, it would go east, away from the creek. Pursley said the company will buy water and electricity from the city. The plan is for four troughs to capture and clean water to be recycled as an ingredient in concrete as it is mixed in the trucks. There will be eight to 10 trucks operating from Forsyth. Once construction be- gins, the plant will go up in about two weeks. The company will not manufacture block in Forsyth but will sell it here. In response to P & Z Chair- man Martin Presley's questions about traffic, Davenport said they expect 12 mixer truck deliver- ies from Forsyth daily. The noise level is expected to be about 62 decibels. The nearest residence is 650-700 feet away, almost twice the distance of the Milledgeville plant from residences and busi- nesses. Asked by Presley what the com- pany does with excess concrete in a load, Pursley said extra concrete is formed into 4,000 lb. blocks that are sold for dairy farms, retaining walls, barriers in front of gun shops, etc. "Our goal is to recycle as much as possible" said Pursley. In other Forsyth Planning & Zoning Commission news: Owners of the Valero service station on North Lee Street plan to demolish the existing structure and re-build the business, adding more retail in the back. Forsyth Economic Development Coor- dinator Tangnie Pierson told P & Z Commission members that variances would not be needed the station was re-modeling in- stead of demolishing, but because a new structure is planned, the owners will have to come before them. Ordinances for the overlay district that includes the station require that gas pumps be behind instead of in front of structures or concealed in some way so that the business is more visually appealing from the road. Pierson gave information to Planning & Zoning members to prepare for the anticipated request. Pierson said she has been con- tacted by a lot of new businesses that want to get started by Febru- ary or March. Martin asked that attendance requirements be sent to all P & Z Commission members. He asked that attendance at meet- ings be tracked and members be informed if their absences are ex- cessive. Jimmy Webb has notified P & Z that he will no longer serve on the Commission, and Presley asked other members to consider someone who would be a good replacement. P & Z Commission members present at the ]an. 3 meeting were Presle) Coleman, Hal Clarke and Silas Peed. Those absent were Webb, Jennifer Taylor and Cason Ogletree. Delays appointing auditor since last audit not complete Jennifer Taylor, SteveCole- By its charter, CVBboard Library Board; and Melvin man, Silas Peed, Casonmembers must representLawrence will continue as Ogletree and Hal Clarke. either the hotel, restaurant Forsyth's advisor member By Diane Glidewell ted to the state by the end Hofstadter & Associates as There is one vacancy sector or retail sector or be on the Chamber of Com- news@rnymcr.net of the year. She said that Water & Sewer Engineers, because Jimmy Webb at-large members. There is merce. Eric Wilson, Melvin because it has not been GeoTechnical & Environ- declined re-appointment; one vacancy on the board Lawrence, Dick Bazemore Forsyth council made its submitted, Forsyth is con- mental Consultants, John Presley was re-appointed for the at-large post that and Edd Norris will con- annual first-of-the-year sidered non-compliant by Hewitt as Utility Engineer, to a new five-year term. Howard had to give up tinue to be the city's repre- appointments at its Jan. 7 the state and is not eligible Charles Grinstead as Members of the Down- when he was elected tosentatives on the Regional meeting, beginning with for state funding, such as Financial Consultant and town Development council. Commission Board. naming Chris Hewett grants. Steve Coleman as Sur- Authority for 2019 are Wes The Housing Board for The volunteers who serve mayor pro tem, the council Council members asked veyor. Cone, Greg Goolsby, Stan 2019 consists of Freida on the Forsyth Tree Board, member who will perform Hall for more information Council reviewed the Hickman, Otis Ingram, White, Chris Hewett, which has no term limits, the duties of the mayor if about the audit, but she members of its appointed Cason Ogletree, Kerri Kathy Rowland and Danaare Ricky Shannon, Ron he is absent. Julius Stroud said she would discuss it boards and voted to Swear'mgen and ShirleyLynch. Jane Pennington's Shipman, Alan Baswell, was the 2018 mayor pro more fully with them at re-appoint all membersHenderson. Ingram and term expired May 1, 2018 Lamar Russell, Nancy tem, and the council another time. She said all whose terms expired but Swearingen were re-ap-and it was not known Brunson, Michael Glisson, rotates the responsibility other professional ap-had indicated that they pointed to new four-year whether she wants to Bill Waldrep, Chris Hewett among its members each pointments are workingwould like to be appointed terms, continue to serve on the and Mike Dodd. year. fine for the city. Council to new terms. Council Members of the Conven-board. Her position will be City Manager ]anice Hall Council re-appointed unanimously approved the voted to table all vacancies tion & Visitors Bureaufilled at the retreat,said Ralph Bass and Hal all of those who served re-appointments of Hall on boards and discuss who Board for 2019 are Sonny Mike Dodd was ap- Clarke are still listed as Forsyth in professional as Custodian of Records, to appoint at its retreat in Patel, Faysal Kapadia, Ali- pointed to be the city's members of Forsyth's His- positions, except for the Kristi Lovelace as Chief Atlanta on Sunday, Jan. cia Record, Helen Walker, representative on the Golf toric Preservation Com- city financial auditors. In Municipal Court Judge,27 from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. The Amy Knight, Angie Ellis, Board. He is the city's first mission although their 2018 city financial auditors Benson Ham and Frank retreat will be held while Kerri Swearingen and appointment to this board, terms expired in December were Buckley & Hopkins. Wilder as Municipal Court mayor and council are John Howard. Howard Eric Wilson and Chris 2017. All other members of The firm is now known as Judges, Amy Boyer as attending the Georgia Mu- was appointed for one Hewer will continue tothe commission resigned, Hopkins & Associates. City Solicitor, Jefferson Ad- nicipal Association Mayors year to replace Mike Dodd represent Forsyth on the and Hall said it has not Manager Janice Hall said ams as Public Defender, Day over the weekend, as council representative Monroe County Health met in several years; so the city is still waiting on Georgia Corrections Members of the Planning on the board. Knight and Board; Ralph Bass willno action was needed on its 2017 audit, which was Corp as Probation Office, & Zoning Commission for Swearingen were re- continue to be Forsyth's the Historic Preservation supposed to be submit- Robert Melton as Attorney, 2019 are Martin Presley, appointed to new terms, representative on the Commission. 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