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Page 6C June 13, 2018 porter I e i i By Diane Glidewell The various leadership groups in Monroe County, including county com- missioners, city councils of Forsyth and Culloden, Board of Education, Chamber of Commerce, Development Authority and Downtown Develop- ment Authority, held a joint meeting on May 29. The groups have agreed to meet together whenever there is a fifth Tuesday in a month. Todd Tolbert, past facilitator of the joint meet- ings as chairman of the Chamber's governmental affairs committee, handed over that job to Wes Cone, new chairman, to start the meeting. Steve Coleman, speaking as chairman of Forsyth-Monr6e County Chamber of Commerce, said that from the joint meetings has evolved monthly meetings of the top two or three represen- tatives of the organizations. These meetings have been dubbed "One Monroe" "We are getting to know the people in the room and talking about how to make things better" said Coleman-. "It's a long time coming" Forsyth Mayor Eric Wilson said that at One Monroe ideas are discussed and new plans take shape. He said that because of One Monroe, the periodic joint meetings will be more for sharing information than for discussing and exchanging new ideas. "There is so much syn- ergy when you have the right people in the room;' said Wilson. Culloden council mem- ber Tellas Daniel reported that Culloden is working on activities for children, improvements to the park and maintenance and upgrades at the city cemetery. Basketball goals are being put up at the old tennis courts. The Annual Motorcycle Ride will be Sept. 15 and a Farm Day concert is planned for Nov. 3 in Culloden. For Forsyth, Wilson said the city is working on its new city hall, having ap- proved drawings and a fee structure for the architects. He said the county present- ed a good offer for a joint building, but the timing was not right and the city is moving on its own plan Wilson said the city has a 10-year, four phase plan for annexing land near its city limits. It has asked the Re- gional Commission to help with phase 1 of annexation, which should be easy be- cause it is a neighborhood whose residents have asked Compare Our CD Rates Bank.issued FDIC-insured 1-year II r APY* Minimum deposit $1,OOO iiii~iiii~ 18-month Ir APY* Minimum deposit t l $ : 2-year v APY* Minimum deposit $1,000 * Annual Percentage Yield (APY) effective O5/16/2Ot8. CDs offered by Edward Jones are bank-issued and FDIC-insured tip to $250.000 (principal and interest accrued but not yet paid) per depositor, per insureO depository restitution, for each account ownership category. Please visit www.fdic guy or contact your financial advisor for additional information. Subject to availability and price change. 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Wilson said that one project the city and county are working on together is getting a Central Georgia Pictured at the Jiont Meeting on May 29 at Monroe County Conference Center are, leftto Technical College Work- right, Commission chair Greg Tapley, Forsyth Mayor Eric Wilson, Georgia Senator John force Development Center Kennedy, Hospital Authority chair Todd Tolbert, Georgia Representative Susan Holmes, in Forsyth. The Develop- Georgia Rep. Robert Dickey, Commissioner George Emami, Monroe County Schools Supt. ment Authority has offered Dr. Mike Hickman. (Photo/Diane Glidewell) 10 acres in Indian Springs Industrial Park for the proj- Tapley. at all of the school facilities, is only going to increase. ect, and the city is about to He said the county has especially the high school Reporting for the Monroe do infrastructure upgrades worked on its ordinancesand middle school. Prob- County Hospital Authority, in water and sewer at the governing logging and ably most noticeable will Tolbert said that the census Industrial Park for more animal control and has be changes at the entrance at the hospital has been than $20 million. He said instituted 'mobile meet-to the high school. Many of good, averaging 17 out of the city is applying for a ings; holding commissionthe changes the school sys- 25 beds filled. He said it has state Community Block meetings in CuUoden and tem's safety consnltant has averaged 14 in May, but the Development Grant to up- Bolingbroke with meetings suggested are behavioral hospital had only budgeted grade the water lines in the planned in High Falls and changes that won't cost the for 12. That census gener- Blount Hill neighborhood ]uliette to let people know schools anything, ates a half million dollars/ and is working with the that the commissioners Hickman said the schoolyear revenue, which is Regional Commission on care about what is happen- system is working with more than was projected a Master Plan for passive ing throughout the county, the county and other with the plan of renting recreation for Forsyth. Tapley said the idea of concerned citizens to get out the top floor of the Wilson said that the working together extendsbetter access to Internet in hospital instead of con- Cemetery Tour program beyond county lines to Monroe County. He said tinuing to serve hospital at Forsyth City Cemetery working on a regional basis a survey of some middlepatients there. Tolbert said on May 19 was a good with other counties. An school and high school the emergency room will example of collaboration as example is the 1-75 Central students indicated thatalways lose money. the Bacldot Players, Forsyth Corridor Coalition, chaired about 86.3 percent haveBut Tolbert said the Convention & Visitors by Tapley, which indudesInternet but in the sur- hospital reduced losses Bureau, Monroe County cities and counties along vey, half of the students from $800,000 last year Historical Society and For- the interstate from Stock- said they live in the city of to $193,000 this year. He syth Main Street worked bridge to Warner Robins.Forsyth, which does notencouraged anyone who together to bring some of The group held its most re-" seem tight. Hickman said pays Georgia taxes, espe- the characters of Forsyth's cent meeting in Forsyth on that even if 86 percent of cially anyone who owns a past back to life for the day. May 17, with presentations students have Internet,business, to use the Georgia "I learned a lot;' said on tourism from Macon that is not good because it Heart plan to direct those Wilson. "It was a good and Forsyth. Tapley saidmeans there are about 650 taxes to Monroe County program" the group is developmentstudents that don't have Hospital. Forsyth is also cleaning oriented. Internet, and 100 percent "It's an amazing program up and planting flowers Tapley said Georgia of students need Internet to for anyone who wants to and trees around the brick Economic Development be able to make the most of donate to a rural hospital," wall in the cemetery. It held its May board meet-their classes and complete said Tolbert. "We have got- dedicated the 2018 plant- ing at the Forestry Asso- assignments to the best of ten $800,000 in 2017. We're ings to the memory of ciation building in Forsyth their abilities, getting to the point we can council member Dexter and those attending were"We hope to continue roll taxes back." King. Focusing on eco-. impressed with how the working together to maxi- 'Tv.e got something to nomic development, the various entities in Monroe mize taxpayer money;' said report, but I can't tell you city created a new director County were present and Hickman. about it;' said Tom Baugh, of economic development working together. Hickman said the Fine chair of Monroe County position two years ago. It "To quote Pastor McCoy Arts Center will offer Development Authority. recently lost its director to from Ingleside Baptist, several programs for the "It's a great time to be in Augusta but is looking for a 'People are down on whatcommunity this summer, the concrete business in new one. they're not up on;" saidincluding three movie days Monroe County:' Commission chair Greg Tapley. geared toward families on Bo Gregory, Develop- Tapley thanked state Speaking for Monroe June 12, June 27 and July ment Authority execu- legislators Susan Holmes, County Schools, Superin-12 and concerts on July 21 tive director, said that the Robert Dickey and John tendent Dr. Mike Hick- and Aug. 18. Authority is working with a Kennedy for attending man thanked the city andTolbert asked if there number of local businesses. the joint meeting and also county for helping with are any plans to re-surface He said that 85 percent of thanked them for their graduation ceremonies onMontpelier Road since it is landing businesses is based help in work on the project May 25. He said all wentimportant to the schools, on having the work force to get a CGTC Workforce well as clouds cleared and It was included as one of they need. Development Center in 284 graduates received Monroe County's projects "Thank you for doing Forsyth. diplomas. Hickman said in thel 1-county TSPLOST this" said Georgia Rep. Tapley said the county is administrators and staff are that voters defeated onRobert Dickey. "It's a lot working on water projects moving out of the board May 22. It was defeated by easier to represent a cum- in Commissioners Eddie office as major renovations the highest percentage in munity that pulls together. Rowland and John Am- on it begin. The project is Monroe County. Tapley It's going to pay dividends. brose's districts and voted expected to take just over said that Montpelier is not Rep. Susan Holmes in a 90-day moratorium on a year. Most of the em- currently on the county's praised the Hospital Au- commercial construction ployees will move acrossagenda to re-pave. He said thority and said she wished to update county planning the street to the old site of a lot of the road is in the all her counties would work & zoning ordinances. Monroe County Achieve- city limits. Tapley said it together. Kennedy said the "We need to get the right ment Center, previously could be a project on the hospital turnaround was stuffin the right place;' said the Vocational-Agricultural Monroe County SPLOST incredible and that good building, that will be on the Novem- leadership is indispensable. Hickman said the school ber ballot. I-Iickman said Other Joint Meetings in system also plans a lot of that the number of students 2018 are planned for July work this summer on safety in Monroe County schools 31 and Oct. 30. Everything a, bout us is all about your Routine Eye Exams I I ! '1 Medical Eye Exams Glasses Prescriptions Glaucoma Screening & Treatment Corneal Diseases Corneal Transplants Cataract Surgery Doctor Sakhalkar is a BoardCertified Ophthalmic Surgeon with over 10 years experience. 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