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June 26, 2019 Page 5A ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN by Don Daniel As you are aware, local real estate mogul and county commissioner George Emami has big plans for developing a downtown Forsyth piece of property he has purchased and which he has intentions to develop into a multi-use facility. He is advertising for a business partner/investor and cook. Included in the plans is a steakhouse, which is needed in Forsyth. I want to this steakhouse to be a success. George has already had samples of some Vaughn Farms beef which I assume included some steaks. And, he voted to approve the zoning request for a slaughter- house out on Hwy. 41 south. It is under construction. So, the steakhouse could be a boon for our two cattlemen beef raisers and of course us! Hope local beef will be served. I really want this steakhouse to be a success. So, I have come up with names of the steaks to be offered on the menu. Just name the steaks for fellow county commissioners. For example, The Greg Tapley, any steak as long as it is smothered and covered up; The George Emami, filet mi- gnon medium rare; The Eddie Rowland, top rump; The Larry Evans, Boston Butt rare; The John Ambrose, bone- in rib-eye and finally The County Manager, strip steak. Here are a few unattributed county commissioner comments: "Holy crap"; "I like what the county manager said"; "Let me throw something into this"; "We know the county is going broke"; "Everything is going up"; "I am not trying to spar"; "We don't want a Band-Aid"; "I saw his hand first"; "We are off Facebook"; "I am not knocking the school board"; "I want that noted in the thing" "Correct me if I am wrong". HERE'S MY bet with Will: absolutely nothing will be the result of the hired attorney's investigation of Commissioner Evans' supposedly harassing a county employee. It will get drawn out as far as the county line issue and we will still be dumping our money down a bottomless well. You have to understand something: the county rulers don't want us to know what the report says. The com- missioners do not trust us and that's the simple reason the report will be covered up with every legal maneuver and personal excuse to keep the voters what from know- ing what really happened. Really sad our leaders don't trust us because of their citizens-be-damned attitude. FATHER OF the Year was identified in The Ques- tion by Brittany Godfrey as Quentin Calloway. Brittany receives a certificate for dozen Dunkin Donuts, Dairy Queen Blizzard, Whistle Stop fried green tomato ap- petizers, scoop of ice cream from Scoops, slice of Jonah's Pizza, sandwich, chip and drink at The Pickled Okra, dessert at The Sweet Tea Care in Bolingbroke, slice of Shoney's strawberry pie and a t-shirt from Forsyth Main Street. Here's The Question for this week: name of the two performers at the Monroe County Fine Arts Center this past Friday night. First correct answer after 12 noon on Thursday gets the goodie certificate. DAMNED IF you do and damned if you don't. That seems to be lesson the Forsyth City Council finds itself learning after "refusing" to cooperate with the Georgia Department of Transportation plans to close the railroad crossing at Indian Springs Drive. The city in its "infinite" wisdom decided to fight the dosing, asking a Monroe County Superior Court judge to delay it. Here we go again another issue similar to the county line that will probably last longer than some of the coun- cil members will be on the council. It's pretty much business as business at the council meeting with a few unattributed comments. Council members have gone to mumbling so I can't hear their unattributed comments. Here is one: "That was before your time". NO COMPLAINING about the Monroe County Board of Education FY 2020 proposed budget. If you have not attended the public hearings, the last public hearing was last night. To make the complicated budget a little more simple, total revenue from local, state and federal taxes was $44,278,170 for the BOE to disburse how they determine. Surprise, not really, they are going to spend $44,278.170. HAD TO read the headline twice: "Monroe County BOE recognizes 2019 retirees". Two thousand nineteen retiring from the school system? SOMETHING I just don't understand is why we should reimburse with taxpayer money city and county employees, city and county elected officials for attending an event or meeting and paying for their breakfast, lunch or dinner. Why don't they just not eat? Both the county manager Jim Hedges and Forsyth city council member Melvin Lawrence were reimbursed $10 for eating break- fast at the Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Com- merce Eggs and Issues meeting. Donald Daniel is the founder and former publisher of The Monroe County Reporter. Email him at mediadr@ iR Orter LETTERS TO THE EDITOR I To the Editor: question to the com- munity as a whole is why do we have to have such crappy internet service? The state has some of the best and yet we citizens of For- syth and surrounding communities have the worst. Yesterday afternoon while there was no weather or major event happening the internet service kept going up and down, and up and down. You call the service, whose office is in Butler, and speak with a service technician, who is also in Butler, and they don't have an answer. Their only answer is we will look into it. I say let's get either Cox Cable or whoever they have in Lamar County, I hear it is some of the best. Please help the citizens of Forsyth. The transmitter is virtually in my backyard at the back end of Betsy Lynn Estates, and they can't keep the service going. David Griffin Forsyth (Editor's note: The Reporter invited Forsyth CableNet to respond to Grif- fin's complaint. Here's their response: Forsyth CableNet strives to serve ev- eryone with excellent, uninterrupted service. Our team works around-the- clock to provide and maintain service to all customers, because we under- stand that weather and other uncon- trollable and unforeseen accidents can and will happen. A substantial portion of the encountered service issues arise from difficulties inherent to the respective premise's existing in- frastructure. Regardless of the reason for any outages, our technicians will properly handle all troubles customers may have. If anyone has questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to management, at any time, at 888-593-7782 or email so we can ensure that your needs are met with fast, dependable, and quality service.) CHELSEA CHAT by Chelsea Madden e I love reading and I have always loved reading. Why? Well, simply put, reading has always been a big deal in my family and it was something that my mom prioritized from the very start. Ever since I can remember, she'd sit with my brother and I as we read Dr. Seuss together. She'd fully animate the charac- ters and scenes with funny voices and silly sounds - the story truly came to life when she read it out loud to us. The worst part was when she was finished with a book, so w&l beg her to read it a second or third (maybe even fourth) time- and when that story was told far too many times, she'd pack us all in the car for a ride to the Monroe County Library Going to the library with my fam- ily was one of my favorite things to do as a kid, and I still cherish those sweet memories. Trips to the library were always successful because I not only got to spend time with my family, but I also got to pick out a new book to read - a new book meant that I'd experience a brand new world with new characters and new laughs. However, when I began reading on my own, it was hard. Mom made it look and sound so easy, but learning it was another story (pun intended). Little by little, my morn encouraged me to keep trying. She helped me by sounding out words with me and writing new words on flash cards to review. I tried and tried again, and pretty soon, I was reading chapter books on by myself. As I got a little older, reading was still at the forefront of everything I did. Even when I was out of school during the summer, my mom never dropped the ball on reading time. When summer hit, my mom always signed my brother and I up for the summer reading program at the library. Thus, summers were never boring; instead, they were filled with imagination, creativity, and learn- ing. When I was in middle and high school, my mom and brother fought over who got to read the Harry Potter books first; likewise, when Twilight hit the shelves, mom and I made sure both of us had equal time with the book. Little did I know then, my mom's push for reading would forever influence and inspire me. I always knew that reading was important. I knew that it helped to learn new words and ideas; and I also knew that reading sparked creativity. But what I didn't know was that morn gave me something truly remark- able. She instilled in me the impor- tance of reading, working hard, and never giving up. These characteris- tics made me stronger - they made me who I am today. My morn also showed me my life- long passion. And that passion grew into something bigger than I imag- ined: a desire to write my own story. Even today, when I read a word I don't know (which is unusually often, y'all), I follow my mom's lead. I take note of it, look it up, and study it. And as I work on my book, I finally have excuses to use all these fancy new words I've learned! If you haven't popped open a nice romance novel, or scary new murder mystery, I HIGHLY sug- gest you check out (ah, another pun) the Monroe County Library. There's something for everyone - kids, teens, and adults! Support your local library! Chelsea Madden of Forsyth is a graduate student seeking her Mas- ters of Fine Arts in writing with the Savannah College of Art and Design. She is an administrative assistant at the engineeringfirm Hodges, Harbin, Newberry & Tribble in Macon. Continued from Front Khalil Trquie Roshaun Alford, 19, and Tamerisk Jones, 18, both of Forsyth, were arrested June 21-22 and charged with three counts each of entering auto with intent to commit theft and theft by taking. They're accused of stealing guns out of cars on Teagle Road and in the Sidney Woods subdi- vision from victims April Cedrick Wilson, Destiny Martin and Talitha Bentley. SheriffBmd Freeman said if anyone has bought guns from the two suspects in recent weeks, the guns are prob- ably stolen. He asked anyone who's done that to call Inv. Daniel Ruiz at 994-7043. Meanwhile, some other entering auto suspects appar- ently chose the wrong home to hit early Tuesday morning. Hunting guru Mark Wooley and his wife Ashley were both awakened inside their home in Weatherford Place off Hwy. 87 around 4 a.m. Tuesday by a text message from their securit3; system alerting them with a photo of someone walking up their driveway. Wooley went outside with his AR-15 while his wife called 911. Wooley didn't find the suspects but sheriff's deputies found the suspect's white Crown Vic nearby and identified it as bdonging to someone with a history of entering autos. It was impounded and deputies began a search of the area for the suspects that continued most of the day on Tuesday. ContJnued from Front requiring business licenses is to pro- vide a database of businesses and em- ployee contacts to be used for public safety emergencies and also to provide information in order for county lead- ers to understand the local business landscape and economic development. Licenses would only be required for businesses that operate in the county, not in Forsyth and Culloden, which have their own requirements. Com- panies requiring licenses include: sole proprietors, corporations, partnerships and non-profits (excluding non-profits that use 50 percent of proceeds for ch ty). Businesses excluded from license requirements indude: state or federally-exempted businesses, busi- nesses regulated by the Georgia Public Service Commission (electric, natural gas, telecommunications), Electri- cal Service businesses (EMCs and municipalities), farming operations not engaged in agribusiness, coopera- tive marketing associations, instwance companies, motor common carriers, businesses that purchase carload lots of guano, meats, meal, flour, bran, cottonseed meal and hulls, depository financial institutions (banks, credit unions, etc.), facilities operated by a charitable trust and practitioners exdusively employed by a govemment agency. Other exemptions indude: a young adolescent that is cutting grass for the summer, babysitters, a citizen that bakes occasionally for parties and a citizen that makes crafts occasionally for events. Hedges proposed that business li- censes be paid on or before Jan. 1 each year. Ifnot paid by March 1, the busi- ness would be subject to delinquent penalties, which would be 100 percent of the amount of the initial unpaid fee. Any business starting after July 1 in any calendar year would only pay 50 percent of the fee. A one-time admin- istrative fee would also be charged for initial start-up or re-opening of an account. Hedges and MGRC representatives evaluated nearby municipalities who require business licenses, induding the City of Forsyth, Jasper County, Hous- ton County, Macon-Bibb County, Jones Coun Crawford County and Morgan County. Fee structures vary amongst these govemments with some having flat fees and others utiliz- ing graduated fees. For example, the City of Forsyth requires an administra- tive fee of $20. Its business license fees then increase based upon the number of employees working at a business. For companies with one to three employees, the cost is $50, four to 10 employees is $75, 11 to 20 employees is $150,21 to 50 employees is $250 and 51 or more is $300. Instead of proposing to use For- syth's graduated model, Hedges recommended commissioners opt for a flat fee structure similar to that of Jones County, which requires an initial registration fee of $175 andan annual license fee of $125. Chairman Greg Tapley then tasked the MGRC with finding out how many business licenses have been issued in nearby municipalities to determine approxi- mately how much additional revenue Monroe County would stand to gain by requiring them. Hedges proposed that, if approved, the business license ordinance would take effect on Jan. 1, 2020 with the county spending the rest of 2019 notifying the public of the change and setting up the parameters. District 3 commissioner John Ambrose said he thinks businesses based in other counties or states who do business in Monroe County should be required to buy a Monroe County business license as well. Blount Road resident Don Daniel, who compli- mented commissioners' efforts to es- tablish business licenses, said he agreed with Ambrose, saying he rejected a recent attempt by a transient paving company to pave his driveway because it didn't have a business license. Maynards Mill Road resident Fred Dungan questioned what kind of enforcement policies commissioners would put in place should business licenses be required.