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Page 2B July 10, 201 Reporter By' Diane Glidewell Apparently people in Forsyth want to slow down cars driving through their neighborhoods. City manager Janice Hall said on July I there has been an increase in requests for speed bumps, and council member Melvin Law- rence said he has gotten several calls asking for the city to install speed breakers. "It's kind of gotten out of hand. We need some guidelines" said Lawrence. "They can't do it everywhere." Hall said Blount Street is one place where speed bumps have been requested. She said she is not sure how well the speed bumps the city has installed in the last few months are working at slowing down traffic; some people have told her that drivers are going even faster after they get over the bumps. There is considerable expense for the city to install speed break- ers, and there is more expense for the city to take up the speed bumps when neighbors decide they don't like them and ask that they be removed. In other Council news: Council adopted guidelines for making proclamations at its July i meeting. Hall said the city needed an administrative policy to regulate who and what the city prodaimed. "We have to get a handle on all we're being asked" said Hall. "We have to make sure it's connected with the city" "It shouldn't be just recom- mended every year" said Mayor Eric Wilson. lot of cities have more formal procedures than we do." The new guidelines define a proclamation as a document that dedicates a day in Forsyth to honor a special event, cause or purpose, typically recognizing an event, significant achieve- ments by a community member or increasing public awareness of a worthy cause. Proclamations will not be issued for anything with political controversy or for a family or class reunion; retire- ment; pastor, church or wedding anniversary; birthday; recre- ational event; conference; any deceased individual; any orga- nizations without locally based chapters; or for non-residents of Forsyth. Letters of welcome or congratulations may be present- ed instead of proclamations. The Mayor's Office will deter- mine the type of document and may deny any request. "It needs to be something monumental" said council mem- ber Greg Goolsby. Hall said Forsyth increased its spending on fireworks for July 3 this year from $6,000 to $10,000 to provide a 15-minute longer show. The city's Indepen- dence Day celebration were held at Monroe County Recreation Department with fireworks beginning after dark, about 9:30 p.m. Activities began at 5 p.m. with vendors, inflatables and pony rides. The groundbreaking for Forsyth Dog Parks at the city's Country Club Park will be on Friday, July 12. A ceremony hon- oring Glover Stuart at the Ameri- can Legion Hall is tentatively planned for Monday, Aug. 5. There are two vacancies on the Forsyth Convention & Visitors Bureau board of direc- tors, one for a representative of the hotel industry and one for a representative of the restaurant industry. Council member John Howard, who is on the CVB board, said Navid Kapadia is willing to serve on the board as the hotel representative. He has been working in the hospitality industry for 10 years and man- ages hotels in Forsyth. Council member Chris Hewer asked Hall for an update on building the new city hall. Hall said the architects are still working on asbestos abatement before the old building can be torn down to dear the site for the new city hall. She said the major source of asbestos is the silver paint on the building. She said she will try to get an update on July 3. Hewett asked for an update on the development on the site of the demolished Regency Hotel (near Exit 187). Hall said the developer is submitting plans and is coming to the city's First Step meeting with city depart- ment heads soon. She said the developer has decided not to in- dude a car wash because another, company wants part of the parcel to develop. :: Hall said there were some is- sues as the developer took out ' the gas pumps because it left a huge hole and a lot of rain at the time made the hole larger. In other business, Hewett said the city's street department is doing a.good job cutting grass, but there are some areas, such asI where the culverts come togethe/ on Frontage Road, that don't I lookgood. Hewer asked if the q street department can find a way to make these spots look better. At some places the problem is caused by the area crossing pri- vate property, but Hewett thinks :! property owners would be glad to cooperate to make it look bet-' ten He asked if the city can put a privacy fence where the city's inventory and dumpster are to " improve aesthetics. Hall said the ' city is putting gravel in that area for employee parking. i Continued from Page 1 B who have worked to get to this point. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an af- fordable mortgage. Eligible applicants must meet income requirements, have the ability to repay an affordable mortgage, be able to show need for housing, and be willing to partner in building their home by working alongside volunteers. Home buyer education, financial education, home maintenance education, and community service/involvement are all required in the new homeowner's partnership with Habitat. Habitat for Humanity is a global non-profit housing organization whose vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat works toward that vision by building strength, stability and self-reliance in partner- ship with families in need of decent and afford- able housing. Those interested in being the next Habitat homeowners can get applications by call- ing 478-994-6411 or downloading them at Applications and supporting documents will be accepted at six orientations (in Forsyth, High Falls, Juliette, Bolingbroke/Smarr and Culloden/RusseUviUe). Exact times and loca- tions will be announced. Monroe County Habitat for Humanity is pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the nation. It encourages and sup- ports an affricative advertising and marketing program in which there are no barriers to ob- taining housing because of race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status or national origin. As work begins on the homes, Habitat will welcome those who would like to contribute labor, materials or financial resources to make the applicant's dreams of homeownership come true. Those with experience and expertise in construction are encouraged to share their time and knowledge. Pictured are the most recent Monroe County Habitat for Humanity homeowners; , both were selected as partners in 2014. Ashley Cochran and her family, far right, 2 closed on their home in May 2015. LaTosha Moore and her family, right, closed on , their home in October 2016. g Hos 9 - Sidney Speir of Forsyth I was reminded of the vital role Monroe County Hospital plays in our community when I arrived at the emergency room having a major heart attack. Everyone there from the ladies at the desk to all the personnel on duty did everything necessary to help. Thanks to Dr. Daryl Remick's accurate diagnosis and speedy action, I was quickly transported by ambulance to Navicent Health. Had it not been for the onroe County Hospital and its competent staff and for the highly qualified ambulance crew, I would not be here to write this. I appeal to all Monroe Countians to do everything in their power to keep our hospital open and thriving. We would be devastated if we didn't have it. - Sidney Speir Forsyth, GA ~r::.:~ .: ~ 88 Martin Luther King Jr Drive Forsyth, GA 31029 (