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June 26, 2019 R orter Page 3B Monroe County Commis- sioners put the county's north and south water systems on the same billing cycle. County manager Jim Hedges told commissioners on Tuesday, June 4 that water bills were being delayed at times as a result of outsourc- ing their processing and mailing to North Carolina. Hedges said the county's wa- ter management firm, Utility Partners, has the capability in-house to do billing, so he recommended shifting the responsibility to Utility Partners, which will allow the bills to be sent out on the same o/de. Bills will now be marled out on the 30th of each month and will be due on the 10th of each month. A 10 percent late penalty will be added starting on the 1 lth of each month and ffthe bill remains unpaid by the 20th, then the customer is subject to having his water cut off. Hedges said 269 county customers had their water cut off for unpaid bills last month alone. Hedges said the billing changes will take effect on Aug. 1 and said customers would receive notifications of the changes prior to the start date. By Richard Dumas vehide outside of Monroe County 2018,allow Hedges to Forsyth. District 3 commissioner Ambrose and District 4 com- and said he measured the one-way take home his vehicle, but Evans John Ambrose added that Hedges missioner George Emami both distance from Hedges' Ashburn said the meeting minutes only pays for his own gas for his daily said they had no problem with Monroe County Commission- home to the county office at 103 reflected that Hedges was "allowed travels. Hedges taking his vehicle home ers will allow county manager miles. Evans said he estimated that to have a county vehicle for use. When Evans continued to object with Ambrose adding, "With the Jim Hedges to continue to drive Hedges has put 24,000 miles on Evans said the minutes never that the Nov. 20, 2018 vote didn't job he's doing, we got hiln a Su- his county vehicle to his home in his vehicle in the past six months stipulated that the county manager allow Hedges to take his vehicle zuki, I think we ought to get him a Ashburn. just traveling back and forth to could take his vehicle home. Tap- home, Tapley then made a new Mercedes? District 1 commissioner Larry Ashburn. ley said commissioners intended motion to let the count), man- Commissioners then approved Evans told commissioners on Commission chairman Greg for the arrangement to be in place ager drive his vehicle to Ashburn, by a 4-1 w)te to allow Hedges to Tuesday, June 4 that he is opposed Tapley told Evans commissioners until Hedges, whose Ashburnwhich was seconded by District 2 take his vehicle home with Evans to Hedges driving his county had already voted at a Nov. 20, home is up for sale, moved to commissioner Eddie Rowland.the lone dissenter. By Richard Dumas damage to government side of the road and then tried to pass Rodgers' patrol forsyth "myrnc net property, again failed to stop at the car but instead rammed According to the incident same stop sign. The moped into the back of it, cans- A Jackson man was arrest- report, at about 2:55 a.m then continued westbound ing dmnage, before taking ed and charged with fleeing Dep. Tyler Rodgers of the on High Falls Road, turning offagain. When Sgt. John or attempting to elude alter Monroe County Sheriff'sinto Clint's Hardware before Thompson of the Monroe a high-speed chase through Office saw a cmnouflagecontinuing onto Lakeshore County Sheriff's Olfice High Falls on June 4. moped without a taillight or Drive. The moped againthen tased the male drivm; Terry Roland, 41, was brake light failing to stop at traveled on the wrong side later identified as Roland. also charged with a taillight a stop sign at the intersec- of the road before turning Roland fell otthis moped violation, having no brake tion of Towaliga River Road onto Springdale Road. It and complied with Rodgers' lights, failure to signal when and High Falls Road. When blew through another stop commands to put his hands turning, failure to stop at Rodgers tried to stop the sign as it turned onto Buck behind his back, and he was a stop sign, driving on the moped, it instead drove be- Creek Road. arrested. wrong side of the road, hind the Falls View Market The chase continued Roland told deputies he driving while license sus- into the Falls View Restau- through High Falls before ran because he had an arresl pended, failure to exercise rant parking lot. The moped Rodgers tried to box in warrant. Deputies then de- due care, reckless driving, then turned onto TowMiga the moped on Buck Creek termined the driver license having no insurance and River Road on the wrongRoad. The moped then was suspended and he was wanted out of Cherokee and son took Roland to the Pickens counties. "Iholnp- Monroe County Jail. O i v i@ii!i!:U i,l :i ~'( !/, ",' ii ~ "()Hi?, ~ ;.;///;J( /f'" ! ,is L, By Richard Dulrms onlyhalfofthe cost for the forsyth""mymccnet work provided by the two : : bidders. Commis- Monroe County Hedges then provided g!ngrs rejec .t o rl Tu d ay; commissioners with several ? ltifi "i l allbicts fOl Ot9 Local re-sui'facing alternatives to Maintenance and Improve- ment Grant (LMIG) road work after bids came in higher than expected. At the recommendation of county manager Jim Hedges, commissioners will reduce the scope of re-surfacing work on five county roads, Stokes Store Road, Pea Ridge Road, Pine Grove Church Road, Collier Road and Cricket Run, after bids by two firms, Mbany- based Reeves Construction, Co. and Marietta-based C.W. Matthews Construction Co Inc. each exceeded $1.8 mil- lion. The county was slated to receive just over $619,000 from the state DOT for the project and included $300,000 in county funds as part of a 30 percent match for a total of just over $919,000. Hedges noted that the available amount is lessen the cost, including one that would have removed full depth reclamation on Stokes Store Road and instead added a two-inch asphalt overlay while removing the overlay on Pea Ridge Road and instead allowing the county road department to do backfilling and grassing of the shoulder. District 1 commissioner Larry Evans then motioned to ap- prove Hedges' proposal, which was seconded by commission chairman Greg Tapley. How- ever, when Tapley called for a vote, the measure was tied 2-2 with District 3 commissioner John Ambrose and District 4 commissioner George Emami in opposition. Emmni said he'd rather re-surface a shorter length of each road and do it fully than use an alternative re-surfacing method. 'i~,~lMLSRg141654 6~K~iejia Re,;idential Mo~ga(e Licensee ~5656 1 iitl ~ :~i~ ~ <~i~{I: E, i Monroe County. 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