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Page 6C July 11, 2018 Reporter e e e Community Supervision Officer III Ternandez L. Head has been pro- moted to Assistant Chief Community Supervision Officer in the Clayton Judicial Circuit effective July 15. Head is a 2006 Mary Persons graduate and a 2011 graduate of Lagrange College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and Sociology. In September 2011 he began his law enforcement career with the Georgia Department of Corrections as an Corrections Officer. In 2012 he was selected to join the Cobra Unit, a part of GDC'S Special Operation Unit. In July 20 i4 he was promoted with the Georgia Department of Corrections as a Probation Officer in the Mor- row Office where he worked as a field officer supervising a stratified casel- oad. In 2016, Head was promoted to Mental Health Officer in the Clayton Judicial Circuit. In 2017, he was pro- moted to Field Training Officer for the Clayton Circuit. Assistant Chief Community Supervision Officer Ternandez Head In addition to his role as a Field Training Officer, he is also a part of the Depart- ment of Community Supervisions' Immediate Response Team, STG Coordinator and the Circuit Arrest Team Coordinator. Head has completed Specialized Mental Health Training, Field Training Officer Certification Training, Enhanced Supervision Program Training, and Enhanced Supervision Program Peer Coach Training. He is a POST General Instructor. Head is the son of Terry and Tracy Head of Forsyth and brother ofCSO II Terquar- ins Head of lonesboro. He is a member of Antioch First Missionary Baptist Church and lives in McDon0ugh with his wife and three children. Gordon to break ground on Student Services Center A groundbreaking celebration is slated for the Gordon State College Student Services Center at the comer of College Drive and Spencer Street in Bamesville. Administration from Gordon State Col- lege and other officials will gather Thursday, July 12 at 9 a.m. at the site. The public is invited. Construction is expected to begin in late July with an anticipated completion date of early summer 2019. The single-story building is designed to centralize the admissions process for students. 'We want to make the ad- missions process as seam- less as possible for students. To be able to offer admis- sions, financial aid and a component of the business office literally within steps of each other in a single building allows Gordon State College to do just that," said GSC President Kirk A. Nooks. The 11,271 square-foot building will feature desk- top and laptop computer stations, a waiting room for parents and a meeting room that can accommodate seating for 60 for events that require open space. Sliding glass partitions offer privacy while still allowing natural light and an open feeL Also located in the Center will be the admissions office, fi- nancial aid office, and some business office personnel The University System of Georgia Board of Regents allocated funding for the $3 million project from its mi- nor capital projects budget. Parking will be available in the lot behind the build- ing with access from both College Drive and Spencer Street. The building's design is by JMA Architecture, Interiors, Planning of Perry. Benning Construction Company of Atlanta is in charge of construction. Is diabetes managing you.'? By Dana Lynch, UGA County Extension agent Over 30 percent of adults in Monroe County are obese, and 13 percent of adults have diabetes. Diabetes is a disease that can cause major health issues if not treated and managed. Doctors in our community report that many of those di- agnosed with diabetes are non-compliant with their blood sugar levels. "Are you managing your diabetes or is your diabetes managing you?" The answer to better managing diabetes could be DEEP (Diabetes Empowerment Edu- cation Program). DEEP is a self-manage- ment program presented by Dana Lynch, UGA County Extension Agent - Family and Consumer Sciences, it has reached over 80 people in Monroe County thus far. Experts familiar with Ms. Lynch's DEEP program describe it as fun, interac- tive and easy to understand. The results are better diabetes manage- ment for those that apply the program's instruction. DEEP participants report reduction in medications, such as blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes medi- cations. Participants have lost weight due to better nutrition and exercise. DEEP isn't just for diabetics. Those who are interested in learning more to prevent getting diabetes or who want to assist someone with their diabetes can partici- pate as well. So where can you participate in DEEP? Currently the free DEEP program is being held at Monroe County Senior Center, 515 South Highway 83 in Forsyth. Dates and times of the DEEP program are: July 9, 10, 16, 17,23, 30,and 31 and Aug. 6 from 10-11:30 a.m. Even if you have already missed a couple of classes, you can still benefit from the other DEEP sessions. For more information, contact Monroe County Extension office at 478-994-7014 or email dlynch@uga.edu. University of Georgia is committed to the principles of equal opportunity and afftrmative action. O Dy Patsy Vedder Clark Generations Writers Everyone has a story to tell! Members of Generations Writers would love to hear yours and share ours with you. Join us at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4th for our first meeting in our new location, the Conley Building at the Forsyth De- pot, 126 E Johnston Street in Forsyth. If you haven't written your story yet, then this is a perfect time to begin! Someday is August 4th! Have you ever thought that you would like to write a book? Have you ever been told that you should write a book? Would you like to record your memories or the memories of a family member for posterity? Do you write poetry or have poetic thoughts? Are you filled with cu- riosity, ideas, and experiences to share? Generations Writers is a group of writers that evolved after a Writers Workshop presented by Patsy Vedder Clark at Gen- erations Gallery in The Village of Indian Springs. The group has met almost every Saturday since Feb. 2, 2007. Group membership thrives on diver- sity and all are welcome. Your culture, ethnicity, religious beliefs, political point of view, lifestyle, hobbies, level of education, life experiences, and many other factors make youan individual. As members of Generations Writers, we have a common passion for writing and reading. If you love to read, but are not inter- ested in becoming a writer; we would appreciate your participation and input. A typical meeting involves each of us in sharing and discussing our writing. Sharing is not required and there will be some meetings when not everyone chooses to share. Honesty is impor- tant to us. Feedforward is our word to describe our dialogues about writing because we are interested in how we can move forward and become better writ- ers. Mini workshops provide opportuni- ties to hone our skills. One thing that we have learned during our times together is that there is never a dull moment. Laughter, tears, and deep thoughtful discussions are a part of every session. Suggestions are made at the request of the writer. Judgment is withheld so that all viewpoints are heard equally and fairly. Agreement does not always come, but the discussions enhance our under- standing of people who may become our characters in the future. Our meeting on August 4th will be an informational meeting for those in the community who would like to know more about us and what we do. We will also be sharing our writing, so current members be prepared. New members will be welcome to share, also. Someday is August 4, 2018! Member- ship is free and you will meet some wonderful, wonder-filled people whose passion is reading and writing. Spread the word! e By Diane Glidewell news@mymcr.net In its July 2 meeting Forsyth city council approved payment of over $400,000 in bills with less than 10 minutes of public discussion. Invoices to be paid totaled $333,431; these were approved, 4-0; with council member Greg Goolsby absent and council member Mike Dodd abstaining because a $28 charge from his business, Dodd Build- ers Supply, was included in the total. Council also approved five requisitions, that is, orders for materials or services, that totaled $69,416. City ordinances require that council approve any requisi- tion over $5,000. The largest req- uisition approved was $28,85.4 for a 2018 F150 truck for the Fire Department from Allan Vigil Ford. It includes a super cab with a 6.5 ft. bed. City Manager Janice Hall said Fire Chief David Hern- don used funds from the sale of Engine I to buy the new pickup truck for the department. The next largest requisition was for $19,985 to repair a pump at Water Treatment Plant No. 3. The amount includes materials and labor for Goforth William- son to pull, disassemble, rebuild and install the motor and pump. The high priority repair began on June 19 and was expected to take up to three weeks. Council approved $8,316 for Calibration Controls Automa- tion, Inc. to remove and replace J a broken shaft in flocculator No. 3 at the Russellville Water Treatment Plant. The device is essential in treating the water. It also gave the okay for $6,800 for Georgia Hydrant Services, Inc. to insert a valve at the cemetery water tank to isolate it for main- tenance and paint. The smallest requisition was for Pete Ragula to replace the contractors, over- loads and breaker at the Holiday Inn lift station for $5,264. The work was done the week of June 10 to repair damage thought to have been caused by lightning. In another expense for the city's water system, council ac- cepted a $3,000 contract with Schnabel Engineering for a study of the flow at Town Creek near the city's waste water treat- ment plant there. Hall said that the study is an effort to find an answer to the EPD's finding that the level of copper in the water at the treatment plant is too high. She said that one solution might be to put in another line and discharge water somewhere besides Town Creek. Another solution might be chemicals to alleviate the copper. Utility Partners, Inc the company that manages Forsyth's water system, suggested that the city have Sch- nabel Engineering conduct the study to see if regulating the flow in Town Creek might solve the problem before pursuing more expensive solutions. City Engineer Carl Hofstadter suggested changing the type of filter at the Town Creek Water , j Treatment Plant, which will cost about $1.25 million. Hall said most of the options to bring down the level of copper in the water are costly. Mayor Eric Wil- son said that a positive aspect of the problem is that it is with the wastewater treatment and 'does not affect Forsyth's drinking water. In other Forsyth Council news: The majority of Forsyth's projects for the SPLOST pro- posed for the Nov. 6 ballot are for water and sewer upgrades. The city expects to get $3.8 million from the SPLOST that would be collected from 2020-26 if approved. It designates $2.5 million to repair and upgrade water and sewer, including re- placing lift stations, bar screens and belt press at one plant, an ul- traviolet system for another and replacement of core water and sewer throughout the city. Other city projects for the SPLOST are $500,000 for road improve- ments, including Streetscape Phase IV (Tift College Drive) and regrading Harris and Main Streets and $825,000 for updat- ing the Public Safety vehicle fleet, including vehicles for the police and a new pumper truck for the fire department. Forsyth approved the inter- governmental agreement with the county and Culloden for SPLOST in preparation of get- ting it on the ballot this fall. Hall said the information needs to be delivered to the Elections Board by mid-August to get it on' the November ballot. The percentages for divid- ing the money collected are the same as for the present SPLOST: 83.1974 percent to the county, 15.0082 percent to Forsyth and 1.7945 percent to Culloden. The percentages are based on population. The county expects to collect $25,500,000 over the 2020-26 collection of the 1 percent tax, keeping $21,215,337 and distributing $457,598 to Culloden. Hall said the city is on track to get about $3.7 or $3.8 million from the present SPLOST and expects to collect about the same amount from the next SPLOST if voters approve it. She said the only change she would like is that the county send Forsyth its share of the tax 10 days after the county receives the money. The city changed its voting delegate for Georgia Public Web to the city manager on a motion by council member Mike Dodd, who was the voting delegate. He said he hasn't done anything except refer questions to Hall so there would be more continuity just to make her the delegate. In her report to council, Hall said Forsyth's annual fee to the Middle Georgia Regional Com- mission will be $5,270 for this year, slightly less than the $5,362 for last year. She said it is based on census population. She said some of the issues that will come before the next council are a beer and wine package license for 37 S. Jackson Street, zoning for apartments above Minori's Italian Restaurant, blocking a portion of the street for a hy- drant and another rezoning from multiple residences to business. Mayor Eri Wilson said the city is trying to get Monroe County Recreation Department annexed into the city before November so that both city and county elections can be held there and city voters will not have to go to two locations. He said that the District Attorney's office has asked that the city annex the Justice Center, where the city has been holding its municipal court since closing its city hall. Some cases tried by the DA have to be tried at the county seat, which is Forsyth. Wilson and council members Dodd, Howard, Stroud and MeMn Lawrence commented on what they gained from at- tending the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) meeting in Savannah June 22-26. Lawrence took a class in customer service training; Dodd took classes in cybersecurity and entrepreneur- ial friendly cities; Stroud took courses in understanding the census and new and emerging technologies and got some ideas on fighting blight from the small city rapid fire session. City attorney Bobby Melton said he also learned about pro- cedures for fighting blight at the GMA city attorney session. 7