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Check it out people, votes- 4 Why don!t they build the rodeo arena in the equestrian village off of Johnstonville votes: 4 By Glidewell Monroe County Schools will demolish the buildings on the William I-tubbar " campus that can not be re- daimed as soon as possible so that plans can go forward for the other buildings.The committee to plan the best use of the William Hubbard campus met on ]an. 30 to organize and prioritize its recommendations for the remaining historic build- ings. Because of water damage and related mold damage to some of the buildings, Monroe County Board of Education, which owns the campus, decided just before school opened in August 2018 that the campus could no longer be used for dasses. When the build- ings were evaluated, it was found that while damage to some of the lower buildings would cost more to correct than is feasible, other build- ings have no damage and are available for use. The campus was the site of Hubbard High School, the black high school that was combined with Mary Persons in 1970 with the end of segregated schools. It is named for prominent Monroe County educa- tor William Hubbard and is of special significance to the Hubbard Alumni Association. The campus continued to be used by Monroe County Schools until August 2018, last as the campus for 6th grade. Superintendent Dr. Mike Hickman said the wing to the right of the front entrance, which now houses Monroe County Boys & Girls Club, cafeteria, gym- nasium, media center and the section where 6th grade business, chorus and band classes were held are all good and will be available for use after demolition of other buildings. The committee's top prior- ity is to continue the Boys & Girls Club on the campus, Hickman said Philip Bryant, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs right away;' said Hickman. "Keep in mind that we want to honor William Hubbard by using it for 'Learning, Gathering and Growing:' There will be signs and plaques honoring Hubbard and the history of the cam- pus placed on the and in the halls. The next priority for the building is to explore its use by Central Georgia Techni- cal College (CGTC). The Technical School leases space from Monroe County Schools at the Education Center on Highway 41 South, but there are plans to expand its Monroe County campus, and Hickrnan said the school system could use the space it is leasing. The biggest piece might be installing technology for CGTC, but Hickman said CGTC installed its own technology when it moved into its present location. Another priority is mov- ing the Monroe County Black History Exhibit to the campus as a permanent site. For several years the exhibit, coordinated by Rosemary Walker, has been displayed at the Monroe County Historical Society's Conley Building during February for Black History Month but stored during the rest of the year. Hickman said the media center space at the Hubbard campus is bigger than any other media space in the school system. There are also smaller meeting rooms off of the media center. Having the Black History Exhibit available throughout the year means it could be used for students to view and could also be used as a tourist attraction. City Man- ager ]anice Hall said using the building for a tourism project can open up new sources of funding for it. Representatives of Hubbard Alumni Association said they hoped it could be open for annual reunion festivi- ties in April. Hickman said the demolition and cleanup will not happen that quickly for this year, but it could be available by April 2020. of Central Georgia, has The media center or asked if the cafeteria can be other spac at the Hubbard used as a warming kitchen campus be used as the to prepare meals for all of regular n eeting site for their Boys & Girls Clubs. It ed' ucatiod-rdat'ed groups, would also be used for the summer feeding program. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Georgia would be responsible for maintain- ing the kitchen. Monroe County Boys & Girls Club such as Monroe Reads and Retired Educators Assoda- tion. Monroe Reads mails free age appropriate books to children, birth to 5-years- old, each month and has fundraisers to pay for them. The + also uses the gym for a short Another priority for the will b~ to time each school day*and committee is to have a our .iThei is more in the summer. School law enforcement/security .: and recreation teams and presence in the building. minlSir dis thh fi, others also use the gym for Contacts will be made with county, votes: 3 practice. Monroe County Sheriff's Hi&man encouraged theOffice and Forsyth Police So if you are no! for the committee to think of low Department to see what rooming you are hanging fruit" that is, things theywould want todo and not a Chri~ I theugbl" that could be implemented be able to do at the site, you were iot supposed to quickly, and then think of even possibly a substation. judge?votes: 3 other goals for the buildings The group said a facilitator further in the future, is needed to schedule use Sat 2/9, let all get "Some things are inex- of the Hubbard campus, together to clean the pensive so we can do them supervise custodial care of entire statue, rll bring the supplies, votes: 3 Why don't they build the rodeo in the eq~an eric you People wont to build +Kings where they want to build I think rll somelaM in River open a motocrosstnxk. anything goes in roe County: votes: 2(Editor note: IPJver ~ is in .Iones +C mM CORRECTION An article in the Jan. 16 Reporter, "Birthing babies in Forsyth", should have said that the address for ObGyne Consultants is 167 MLK Jr. Blvd and the phone number is 394-6061. Residential & Commercial we Service All Brands II ,Honest & Reliable SeT, ca Licensed and Insured ExperienceYou Can Count On Locally Owned & Family Operated Financing Available Service Agreements V Thank You for Your Business. LiRe us on Facebook ~ --~ Plans are being made for the best uses of the William Hubbard campus buildings that are in good shape. Portions that have too much water damage to repair will be demolished soon. (Photo/Diane Glidewell) it and manage access and maintenance of the build- ings and grounds. That facilitator should have dose contact with law enforce- ment. Working out an agree- ment for expenses, use and management of the Hub- bard campus is a compo- nent that goes along with the other priorities. Hick- man said the campus is lo- cated next to the Workforce Development and Hubbard Dormitory buildings, and management could possibly be combined with them. If CGTC moved to the site, the Workforce Develop- ment office would comple- ment its goals. The Dor- mitory is to house several county offices, which might work well with a Sheriff's Office presence. Plans for the grounds of the Hubbard campus, where buildings will be demol- ished, include walking trails, a playground and possibly a skate park. Hickman said he would like to keep the front of the Hubbard campus dignified and inviting and direct the recreational fea- tures to the back. Monroe County Commissioner Larry Evans would like to see a swimming pool in the future plans. Hickrnan said he will take the priorities of the com- mittee and work with them to develop a timeline. The committee will meet again on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 4:30 p.m. at the Workforce Development Center. "We have to have a tirne- line to get everything fixed and ready to go" said Hick- man. "[Monroe County Schools Facilities Director] Roger [Onstott] wants to get it done yesterda) ' The Monroe County Board of Commissioners are discontinuing the Tick Spraying Program. We do apologize for this inconvenience, however; there are individual companies within Monroe County that can help with these services. 3rdWeek0f By Rep. Robert Dickey The Georgia General Assembly returned to the Gold Dome on Monday, January 28, for the third week of the 2019 legislative session. This week, we spent more time meeting in our committees to consider proposed legislation, including measures by our House Rural Devel- opment Council. Although the threat of winter weather caused school and gov- ernment office closures in the northwest part of our state this weel the House of Rel:iresenta- tivesconvened for session as cheduled. Bythe end pfa busy and productive week a num- ber of bills passed out of their respective committees, and we completed Legislative Day Legislative Sessi0n: I ing to consider two bills that came from the RDC's legislative recommendations, House Bills 22 and 23. HB 22 would amend the Rural Telephone Cooperative Act to allow telephone cooperatives to provide, improve or expand broadband services to our rural communities with or without the purchase ofa landline. Similarly, HB 23 would allow electric membership corpora- tions (EMCs) and their affiliates to provide broadband services. Consequently, if these bills are signed into law, EMCs and tele- phone cooperatives could apply for federal grants and loans for broadband expansion through the USDA's Rural eConnectiv- ity Pilot Program (ReConnect Program). In 2018, Congress passed the Consolidated Ap- propriations Act of 2018, which Seven before nearly one mil- included S600 million in funding lion visitors arrived in Atlanta to celebrate to establish the ReConnect Program to Super Bowl LIII on Sunday, February 3. ' expand broadband service to rural areas Cynde and I enjoyed attending the without sufficient broadband access. Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber annual The program allows non-profit entities, meeting the other weekend.This well for-profit corporations and cooperatives attended meeting is always enjoyable to apply for a 100 percent loan or a S0- but the best part is seeing the people percent loan/50 percent grant option for and businesses receive their awards. Very rural communities in which 90 percent of impressive to see the many activities households do not have adequate broad- and contributions citizens are making to band access. If enacted, HB 22and HB 23 impact I=orsyth and Monroe County. I also could open the door tolallow fd[ ition- enjoyed attending the Mayor's Legislative al, federal assistance for our ruraic izens. breakfast in Atlanta with Mayor Eric Wilson, As this session continues, I ani / j r to see City Council, and other elected officials, these bills and other rural-devilment Governor Brian Kemp spoke to our group related measures maketlheif way through and the theme was"United Cities". our legislative process sothat we can con- During the 2017 legislative session, the House made a bipartisan commitment to improve economic opportunities for our state's rural communities by creating the House Rural Development Council (RDC). I am proud to have been appointed to serve on this important committee. Over the past two years, the RDC traveled to rural areas across the state and met with community leaders and policy experts, tinue to help our rural hbors. In the coming weeks, Ho{Jse committees and subcommittees will continue to meet more frequently to review proposed bills that could help make Georgia an even greater place to live and wore Rep. Susan Holmes, Rep. Dale Washburn, Senator John Kennedy and I will continue to work diligently on behalf of Forsyth and Monroe County. I encourage you to provide us with studied issues unique to our state's rural - your input t Qugl on propOsedL!+ communities and explored new solutions 2 I qslation as v e ve3ou and y +Our mily to improve the economic health in these here on Capitol Hill.Please visit my Capitol areas. In 2018 alone, the RDC travelled office, which is located on the second floor to five different rural areas throughout - Room 245 anytime.You can also reach Georgia. At each of these meetings, local . me by phone at my Capitol office at 404- leaders repeatedly expressed the need for 463-2246 or by email at robert.dickey@ reliable internet access and broadband in order to facilitate economic growth in rural Georgia. By the end of 2018, the RDC released its report that included many legislative recommendations for the 2019 session to address rural Georgia's needs, including the lack of high-speed internet or broadband access. This week, the House Economic Develop- ment and Tourism Committee held a hear- As always, thank you for allowing me to serve as your representative. Robert Dickey Rep. Robert Dickey 404-463-2246 245 State Capitol Atlanta, GA 30334