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Page 2C April 17, 2019 porter e By Valerie Jackson T.G. Scott ELementary coun- selor Thanks to our wonder- ful community sponsors and parents, T.G. Scott Elementary School Young Ladies Club had a wonder- ful learning experience and fun in the big city of Atlan- ta. In light of International Women's Da ; which is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, these young la- dies had the opportunity to view the life and legacy of the late Coretta Scott King. Students also had a behind-the-scenes tour of the Mercedes Benz stadium where they learned how Science Technology Engi- neering Arts & Math were the building blocks for this stadium. The Mercedes Benz stadium is one of a few Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified sports venues. At the World of Coca- Col students learned that coke was invented by Atlanta pharmacist, Dr. John S. Pemberton. He wanted to create a differ- ent tasting drink that could be sold at soda fountains. Remember this fact when you visit the soda fountain at Castleberry Pharmacy. Some of the young ladies were surprised to hear that Coca-Cola cost 5 cents when it was first invented. Many thanks to those who made it possible for our students to have real world connections to what they're learning in the dassroom. Main Street exhausts year's budget for facade & sign grants StateFarm Charlie Pelt, Agent 12 E. Johnston St. Forsyth, GA 31029 478-994-9600 Charlie@ForsythGAInsurance.com -Auto Home Life Medicare Supplement Vehicle Loans Mortgages Call for a quote today! Save up to 40%! By Diane Glidewell news@mymcr.net Forsyth Downtown De- velopment Authority Chair Otis Ingram said he thinks the DDA has done well in renovating the old city hall bqilding and adjacent annex with the $125,000 the city gave the DDA to do the job "especially since we're doing two buildings" but we don't want old win- The DDA heard at its April dows;' said board member 8 meeting that work on the Kerri Swearingen. buildings is nearing com- Ingram directed Pierson pletion. Scoops, Inc. ice to tell the Scoops' owners cream shop is renting the that ffthey want storm corner building at Johnston windows after the building and Jackson Streets with is finished, DDA will split the intention of opening in the cost with them and see early May, and the city has what their response is. decided to retain the other Pierson said with the building as an event center, remaining funds DDA DDA still has $65,204 needs to insure the build- left in renovation money, ings. She got quotes from but that is committed Waites-Foshee Insurance, for the work done except State Farm, Russell and the for $10,014, according to city's insurance, and the Tammie Pierson, economic lowest was Waites-Foshee development director, at $1,376.50. Ingram said She said the marble at the he was concerned when front entrance was broken the replacement value of and had to be replaced the buildings was set at with other material, she $486,000 but was pleased is waiting on door knobs with the quote. Pierson to come in, and electricity said she got one estimate is being hooked up to the for termite treatment of heating and air condition- the buildings from Greg ing systems. She said the Pirkle of Arrow Extermina- glass came in for the annex tors of $1,500 with annual building that day. After it is renewal of $400. There was installed, the building will no current termite activ- only need some painting ity. Ingram said he thinks and touch-up, termite treatment is needed She asked the board for because the buildings are direction on whether to old. replace the storm windows; Forsyth Main Street and they were removed because DDA boards are combined, they were discolored and and the meetings are con- unattractive. Pierson said ducted jointl)n In the For- there are moisture prob- syria Main Street portion lems in the building, but of the meeting the board she thinks they will be bet- discussed applications for ter when the air condition- facade and sign grants ing is working. Ingram said from downtown busi- he does not think the DDA nesses. The city gives Main is required to replace the Street $10,000 am3ually to storm windows, that storm distribute to downtown windows are an item a businesses that improve the tenant iS expected to install street fronts of their busi- if wanted. Board mem- nesses or improve signage her Stan Hickman asked on the street. The grants are Pierson the cost of storm 50-50 matching for rids windows, but Pierson said the business owners spend she has not gotten an esti- on improvements, up to mate on them. Hickman $1,000 each for facade and suggested waiting until the sign improvement. The air-conditioning was work- grants are paid after the im- ing, then asking Scoops' provements are completed owners if they want storm and receipts are submitted, windows and, if so, offering but applications are taken to split the cost with them. before the work is done and "We don't know how it are considered for approval will look until it's finished, in the order they are taken. CaldweU Veterinary Hospital, LLC 951 Butler Caldwell, DVM Hwy 41 South Forsyth, GA 31029 478-994-8228 www.caldwellvet.com Preventative Medicine including vaccines, flea,tick and heartworm medications. Comprehensive medical management, including diabetes and heart disease Surgery, Boarding Tile g~'anclare ol Veterinary Ex~lle~ Pierson said that with the four applications she brought to the board for approval on April 8, appli- cations have exceeded the $10,000 available for the year by about $200-$300. She said she has taken applications for six facade grants and four sign grants. "I've told others to go ahead and apply for next year;' said Pierson. "It's first-come, first-served:' The four grants consid- ered were for Fair Masonry LLC ($1,603.48), Curtis Jenkins ($3,000), Mag- nolia Med Spa ($2,000) and Jonah's on Johnston ($1,595.72). Jonah's application was revised from one submit- ted earlier. Jonah's replaced an old awning, created a new wooden sign, removed its old sign and had the new one installed at a total cost of $3,191.45. Mag- nolia Med Spa had new exterior doors installed and had door lettering on the new doors at a cost of $7,626.50. Fair Masonry refurbished the brick front of its building at a cost of $20,959 and created a sand- blasted wooden sign for $1,206.96 for a total cost of $22,165.96. The building for which Curtis Jenkins applied, the Ham & Jenkins law office at 7 W. Johnston Street, has street fronts on Johnston, Adams and Lee Streets, making it eligible for three separate grants. Each proj- ect involves cleaning, wa- terproofing, patching and painting. The cost for John- ston Street is $4,900, the cost for Lee Street is $4,890 and the cost for Adams Street is $2,650. Hickman proposed paying two of the grants to Jenkins and, since there is not enough money left in the current grant budget to cover the full amount for the third grant, giving Jenkins the choice of accepting the amount avail- able or holding the grant until next year when the budget is funded again. The board voted to give Jenkins this choice. Board members present were Hickman, Ingram, Swearingen and Shirley Henderson. Board mem- bers absent were Cason Ogletree, Greg Goolsby See DDA Page 5C