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January 24, 2018 Page 3A iR@orter Fitting that Langfords column WaS on the same Sure is~cotd!Where is N Gore? votes: 16 The basic difference others to kiss his butt. votes: 8 explaining why Demo- crats believe children of il t aliens are more children's health care, etc.? Someof us just don't get it. votes: 8 I have leamed now not to get my hopes up for competitive gas pdces in Forsyth. :( votes: 5 So you're telling me that EMS doesn't know the difference between a bloody nose and anaxe tothe face? That's un- nerving votes: 5 ire media unfit to be President! votes: 4 nks Dem RATS for the "Schumer Shutdown" of the govt. votes: 4 SHERIFF, How does a man ~JjdJ/himself with an AX? Votes: 3 THE basic difference be- tween this prescient and previous presidents is NONEThey are all narcis- sbts and have tantrUms. Remember"the police acted stupidly:' votes: 3 Thank you Ingles for bringing competitive gas prices to Forsyth FINALLY! All Iocab s ld support Ingles gas.votes: 3 So Will. You are no longer my boo. The sexy Matt Perry has taken your place, votes: 3 REPUBUCAN PRESIDENT AND SENATFJ IF HE WAS SO POWERFUL, YOU WOULDN'T BE BLAMING DEM RATS! votes: 3 The best of best is a great idea how about adding best bus driver. Thank you. vote 3 Adoption is a beautiful option, votes: 2 How do you know Obeyme didn't cuss? Were you wiping his @s$ 24/7??? votes:2 How can we get a tum arrow to go left or right at hamburger hill? Idiots sit turns, votes: 2 the Super Bowl this year. They sure in h31! ain't going to win it either. votes: 2 Central Georgia Wildlife Control Why are they covering up the truth about the guy too much-, votes: 2 HS t01 class? I'm sure it's been said for the past three years, somedo the work, others do home- work, others tutor, others another elective, votes: 1 By Diane Glidewell news@rnymcr.net Forsyth's city council at its 2018 retreat on Jan. 21 council not only filled its many boards but com- bined two of them and discussed abolishing two others. Council combined its Planning & Zoning board and Design & Review board into a Planning & Zoning Commission that only has the ability to rec- ommend action to council, not to make binding deci- sions as did the Design & Review board. The active members of the two pre- vious boards were all tapped for the new com- mission; Jennifer Taylor was already a member of both boards. Hal Clarke, the only active member whose term was expiring, was reappointed to a new term. Other members on the commission are Martin Presley, Steve Coleman, Silas Peed, Cason Ogletree and Jimmy Webb. The commission meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 5 p.m. at Alderman Hall. Forsyth economic devel- opment director Michael Norris sets the agenda for the Planning & Zoning Commission; meetings are cancelled if there are no issues that need atten- tion. Otis Ingram, Kerri Swearingen and Greg Goolsby (city repre- sentative) are serving unexpired terms on the Forsyth Downtown Development Authority. The terms of Shirley Henderson and Seth Berkebile expired in December, and the DDA had two vacancies in the positions previously held by Bonnie Barker and Ralph Ogletree. Council reappointed Henderson and appoint: ed Cason Ogletree to Berkebile's position, with both appointments through December 2021. It also appointed Stan Hickman through 2021 and appointed Wes Cone to fill the unexpired term of Ralph Ogletree through December 2019. Goolsby said that the DDA should be a very important board over the next two-three years. Council plans to turn over the old city hall to DDA to renovate and then sell or rent. Either way, the old city hall building is expected to generate revenue that DDA can in turn put into other projects in the city. Mayor Eric Wilson said that one reason the city had moved out of the old city hall was that it felt that space on the square could be used better for retail or ot ice space that would generate tax rev- enue. Wilson said that space on the square is in demand again. Legally, the city can only sell the old city hall through closed bids, but DDA can market the building for the best use, possibly even dividing it for mul- tiple tenants if it decides to rent it. The DDA has also discussed taking over management of the American Legion Hall to have revenue for other projects. '"We have things coming down the pike, and we need people that can help in lots of areas, especially financial," Goolsby said of DDA. DDA meets a 4 p.m. on the first Monday of the month at Alderman Hall. It has met jointly with the Forsyth Main Street board, with the members of both boards being iden- tical. However, separate agendas and separate minutes were kept for the two boards, which also had have separate bank accounts. "I don't know why we have a Main Street board," said Goolsby, who serves as the city's repre- sentative on it. "It wastes a lot of time." "At one time [Forsyth Main Street coordinator] Tammie [Pierson] asked to separate the boards but she went to a meet- ing and asked to keep them together," said City Manager Janice Hall. ' here are different levels and a full Main Street has to have a board, but I don't think we'd lose much. It's a function of the city." Council voted unani- mously to dissolve the Main Street board unless Hall found a problem for Main Street in maintain- ing its status by doing so. Council also dis- cussed dissolving its Historic Preservation Commission. In 2017 the only members on the Historic Preservation Commission, which could have up to seven mem- bers appointed to three- year terms, were Ralph Bass and Hal Clarke, and both of their terms expired in December. "Nix it," said Goolsby. 'They never meet, they have no guidelines, and we're never going to adopt any. We can't get guidelines passed; so the Historic Preservation Commission can't do any- thing." Corrections The article on Mary Persons block scheduling on page 3B of the Jan. 17 Reporter incorrectly said the Board of Education voted on the change to block scheduling. Principal Dr. Jim Finch gave a presentation to BOE on block scheduling on Oct. 17, but BOE does not make decisions on school opera- tions such as scheduling and had no occasion for action. An article on page 1A of the Jan. 17 Reporter,"End of an era in Forsyth"should have said that Dr. BillTaylor was a schooled pharmacist, as in a post-graduate degree in phar- macy, not a school pharmacist, before he went to work for Trio Manufacturing. The Reporter strives for accuracy. Corrections are made when necessary on this page. Full nuisance wildlife control services including: armadillos bats, beavers bobcats chipmunks, coyotes foxes, muskrats opossums otters, raccoons, rodents, skunks squirrels, wild hogs Specializing in the trapping and removal of nuisance Wildlife in or around residential or commercial buildings, farms, ranches and hunting clubs. centralg g Members of the com- mission had worked on guidelines and pre- sented them to council several years ago. There was opposition from downtown business and property owners, and council failed to agree on a resolution. Most of the citizens who had worked on the guidelines and served on the com- mission resigned, and it has since been inactive. The city will first make sure Forsyth can have an historic district without a Historic Preservation Commission before it is scuttle. "As soon as people hear 'Historic Preservation,' we'll get calls," said W'ilson. ' hey only hear that they can't paint a door the color they want." '"We need a Historic Preservation Commission," said council member Mike Dodd. '"We should be able to pass something." Wilson suggested appo'mt'mg an ad hoc committee of Ralph Bass, Hal Clarke and Dr. Tom Perry to explore the need for a Historic Preservation Commission. Council passed a resolution to do so, 4-1, with Goolsby voting against and Dodd, King, Lawrence and Stroud voting in favor.- ' "ney will look at whether we can dissolve it and combine it with Planning & Zoning," said Hall. Wilson noted that those appointed to the commit- tee may not be interested in serving after the oppo- sition they dealt with in the past. For the Forsyth Convention & Visitors Bureau Board, Helen Walker, Amy Knight, Angle Ellis, Kerri director Gilda Stanbery Swearingen, John sets the agenda for the Howard and Mike Dodd CVB board, which meets will continue to serve on the last Tuesday of their unexpired terms, each month at 9 a.m. at Sonny Patel and Alicia Alderman Hall. Record were re-appointed Forsyth appoints one to serve new three-year member to the Monroe terms through December County Library Board to 2020. Fred Kapadia serve with the nine mem- resigned from the board bers appointed by the because of other commit- Monroe County Board of merits and recommended Commissioners and one that his brother and member appointed by business partner, Faysal the Board of Education. Kapadia, be appointed to The term of the city's fulfill his unexpired term representative, Lamar through 2020. Council Russell, expired in 2017, voted to appoint Kapadia and he did not wish to to the CVB board, be re-appointed. The city According to the CVB appointed Ralph Bass to charter, its board mem- the Library Board, which bers must represent meets quarterly at the hotels (2), restaurants library. Its next meeting (2), retail (2) and coun- is Thursday, April 19 at cil (1) plus two at-large 5:30 p.m. members. 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