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March 21, 20.18 Page 5B R Orter 8y Rktmrd I Urnm forsyth@mymcr.net Monroe County Commissioners approved by a 4-0 vote on Tuesday, March 20 to contract with Macon-based Pytes Plumbing & Utility Con- tractors, Inc. on a water main extension along q-harpe Road. The cost of the contract is $256,157, and Pyles Plumbing was the low bidder out of eight companies vying for the project. In other Board of Commissioners'.news: Monroe County Commissioners approved by a 4-0 vote on Tues- day, March 20 to start the process of dosing two south Monroe Cotmty railroad crossings. District 3 commissioner John Ambrose said Norfolk Southern wants to dose crossings at Bunn Road and in front of the Methodist Church in Bolingbroke and instead open up a widercrossing with gates and arms at Old Rumble Road. Monroe County Commissioners approved by a 4-0 vote on Tuesday, March 20 to buy new software to operate fuel pumps at the county's fuel depot. Commissioners approve to spend $25,341 from MECO of Macon for the equipment at the request of county shop supervisor Jeff Corley. Shop assistant Tammy Wilcox said the county's fuel pumps have been inoperable at times due to failures by the county's current system, which has not been upgraded in at least 20 years. Corley said the cost of the improvements will be shared with the City of Forsyth and the Monroe County Board of Education based on fuel depot usage. County receives Partner of the Monroe County Commissioners accepted on Tuesday, March 20 an award from the Central Georgia Boys and Girls Club. Boys and Girls Club of Central Georgia president and CEO Phillip Bryant presented com- missioners with the 2017 Partner of the Year award in conjunction with the City of Forsyth and the Monroe County Board of Education for the county's support for starting a new Boys and Girls Club chapter in Monroe County in September 2017. Bryant said the Monroe County chapter, which meets at the Hub- bard Sixth Grade Campus, has over 160 total members with an average daily attendance of 72 children. (Photo/Richard Dumas) By Richard Dumas forsyth@mymcr.net Gilda Stanbery of the Forsyth Convention and Visitors Bureau revealed on Tuesday, March 20 that Monroe County has been selected to receive a visit on Oct. 22 from the state's tourism resource team to issue a report on High Falls. Stanbery told commissioners: "Y'all must know people in high places because they were booked through 2020, so how we got them for a day I do.not know. But I am grateful" In addition, Stanbery presented com- missioners with copies of the new Georgia Travel Guide, which frequently mentions Forsyth arid Monroe County, She also said Monroe County wedding and m et- ing venues, induding the Monroe County Convention Center, will be featured in the upcoming May edition of Atlanta Maga- zine. Stanbery also noted the Perry-based non-profit breast cancer support group Ta Ta Bang Bang (Shooting Sports for Cancer, Inc.) will hold a one-day fundraiser shoot at Forsyth's Meadows Gun Club on Saturday, April 14. Stanbery said about 400 persons are expected to participate. In other Board of Commissioners' news: Monroe County Commissioners ap- proved on Tuesday; March 20 to raise fees at the Monroe County 1 . ndfiU on mobile homes. Landfill director Frank Newton recom- mended rais g the landfill dumping fee for intact mobile homes from $35 per ton to $55 per ton as well as raising the disposal fee for already demolished (unsorted) mo- bile homes from $35 per ton to $50 per ton. Newton said the landfill has not had a request to dump an intact mobile home in about three years but said he knew of an upcoming doublewide mobile home dumping request. Newton, who said only mobile homes within Monroe County are allowed to be dumped, said he does not know of any surrounding county landfills that even allow the dumping of intact mobile homes. New District 4 commissioner George Emami questioned whether Monroe Coun- ty should charge even more for dumping mobile homes than Newton proposed. However, Newton pointed out that if the county increases the fee so much that the cost of disposing of mobile homes becomes cost prohibitive, then it makes property owners less likely to get rid of dilapidated mobile homes. After about 15 minutes of discussion, Emami, at commission chair- man Greg Tapley's urging, agreed to go along with Newton's proposal. Commis- sioners then approved the measure by a 4-0 vote. District 1 commissioner Larry Evans in was absent from Tuesdays meet g. Monroe County tax commissioner Lori Andrews requested on Tuesda March 20 for the county to spend an estimated $31,500 to update computer equipment in her office to make it compatible with a new state operating system and software. Andrews said the mandatory upgrade goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2019, and her of- rice would need its new equipment in place by Sept. 30 of this year. Andrews, who said seven computer stations at about $4,500 per station would need upgrading, said she would get exact figures and come back before commissioners again later this year. Bulldogs to host inaugural Best Ball tournament at Forsyth Golf Club on Sat. Mary Persons freshman Cannon Newberry connects on a shot out of the rough on the fifth hole of MP's three-team home opening match against Pike County and Tattnall Square at Forsyth Golf Club on Thursday. The MP boys and girls golf teams were next scheduled to host Lamar County and Stratford Academy in a three-team, nine-hole match at River Forest Golf Club at 4 p.m. on Tuesday. The MP squads will then travel to Hickory Hill Golf Course in Jackson to face the home Red Devils and Monticello in a three-team, nine-hole match at 4 p.m. on Thursday before hosting the first annual 18-hole Mary Persons Best Ball Tournament at Forsyth Golf Club at 9 a.m. on Saturday. The MP boys squad will then travel to Newnan to play in the 18-hole Cougar Invitational on Monday, March 26 before both teams travel the following day to Griffin Bell Golf Links at Georgia Southwestern in Americus for a nine-hole match with Schley County at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27. (Photo/Richard Dumas) Gait equestrian title The Monroe County team of Emme Peterman, Preston Healy, Kalli Holderfield, Emma Grace Echols and Sommer Donaldson (right and below) did a phenomenal job of representing Starting Gait/Cahaba Sunday at the 2018 South Region DreSsage Rally (multistate). Starting Gait, located on Johnstonville Road, won first place in Horse Manage- ment and first place overall out of 12 squads from all over the Southeast in Columbus onSaturday. Center Administrator Katie Scharnhorst Linscheid said, "Let me tell you this is no easy task when the competition you are up against is second to none. South Region develops solid pony club- bers and for our riding Center to be three years young, this was a mind- blowing accomplish- ment. Needless to say, I am one proud Center Administrator! These girls and boys worked hard as a team, supporting each other and riding as a team. Pony club is not only about riding but developing equestrians, including horse manage- ment skills, team building, and skills that carry on for a lifetime. This team had great learning expe- riences and lots of laughs along the way!" (Photos/ Kim Holderfield)