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Page 9A July,2019 Reporter I ann rnvnng Above, Cpl. Lee Smith of the Byron Police Department teaches a student the necessity of wearing a seat belt us- ing the Seat Belt Convincer, which simulates the whiplash effect of a low-speed wreck. (Photos/Richard Dumas) At top: Students learn from Georgia State Patrol troopers how to navigate slick road conditions on the GPSTC splash pad. Above: Mid-Georgia Service Center teaches campers critical vehicle maintenance tips like how to put on a spare tire. At left: teen drivers learn to navigate sharp turns, put a car in reverse and park between the lines inside the ACCG driving simulator at the one-day camp on July 13. By Richard Dumas forsyth@mymcrnef Monroe County Commissioners ordered county manager Jim Hedges to evaluate whether to impose a smoking ban on all county proper . District 1 commissioner Larry Evans in an apparent jab at District 3 commissioner John Ambrose, the lone commis- sioner who frequently smokes, proposed on Thursday, July 18 a smoking cessation program for county employees, say- ing it could help lower county insurance rates. Evans then took things a step further and motioned for county man- ager Jim Hedges, who also smokes, to consider a smoking ban on all county-owned property and in all county-owned vehicles. Despite Ambrose calling the proposed ban "a waste of time;' the other four commissioners voted in favor of allow- ing Hedges to look into a smoking restriction. In other Board of Commissioners' news: District 1 commissioner Larry Evans voiced displeasure on Thursda}; July 18 over the county's hiring of retired building inspector Bentley Cox to supervise the completion of the Monroe County Fire/EMS Department headquarters on Juliette Road. Cox was hired on May 3 by county manager Jim Hedges to head up the project at a rate of $25 per hour. Hedges was tasked by commissioners in May with taking over the lead on the fire headquarters after the project had yet to be completed after more than two years of Evans' leadership. Hedged first move was to hire Cox to oversee the project day-to-day, and District 3 commissioner John Ambrose said Cox has been spending seven to eight hours a day at the site. Evans, who said the vast majority of the fire headquarters was completed while he was leading the project, said of Cox's hiring: "That is a total waste." After Evans said the exterior concrete was all that was left to be finished at the fire headquarters at the time he was replaced as the project head, District 2 commissioner Eddie Rowland said he disagreed. Rowland said Cox's hiring was necessary and said there was a lot more to complete than just the concrete. "Bentley is an integral part in itS' Rowland said. "He is a general contractor, which is what we needed from the beginning. We are commis- sioners. We should not be in the business of building buildings. We should let pro- fessionals do that, and that's what we did. And I believe that you put a professional in charge, and you let him do the job" Rowland said Hedges thinks the fire headquarters will be complete by year's end. Heating & A/C, Inc. We Service All Brands of Heating & Air Conditioning Units Serving Monroe County & , Surrounding Areas for over.40 years Free Estimates Financing A vailable Jultette Rd. * Forsyth, GA 478-994-6127 Ga.Reg.CU 401419 .:--%:/ turn to the I Iongtime The Hospital (second from decades of service to the hospital board. Haygood retired in 2018 and was replaced by James Vaughn (far right). Vaughn accom- panied Authority chairman Mac Brown and Monroe County Hospital CEO Lorraine Smith to deliver Haygood his plaque at his namesake law firm of Haygood, Lynch, Harris, Melton & Watson. Authority of Monroe County honored its Iongtime attorney Charlie Haygood right) with a proclamation on June 25, acknowledging the retired lawyer's no facebook.c=~/ 789 I/$-341 South mamasktchn Bamesville, GA 30'/04 Best RI SURPLUS VEHICLES The Monroe County Board of Commissioners have declared the vehicles listed below as surplus and authorized the sale of these vehicles by sealed bid. Vehicle Number 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Year 2005 2005 2008 1998 1997 2001 1994 2014 Ma ke Mercury Mercury Fo rd Fo rd Ford Ford Ford Dodge Model Grand Marquis Grand Marquis F-150 Ranger Explorer Crown Vic LX F-150 Charger VIN 2MEFM75W85X652246 2MEFM75W05X647638 1FTPW14549KC50026 1FTYR14U4WTA27799 1FMDU32ESVUC49275 2FAFP74W21X134269 1FTDF15Y3RNB62662 2B3AA4CT8AH240491 Mileage 151,010 178,921 320,470 270,293 187,676 202,824 191,499 148,548 These vehicles are being sold on an "as is" basis and can be seen at the Monroe County Road Department located at 521 Montpelier Ave Forsyth, GA. 31019. Interested parties can submit their bid in a sealed envelope, with the Vehicle Numbe~, interested party name, address, and telephone number clearly printed on the outside of the envelope no later than noon on Friday, July 26, 2019 to: Lisa Roberts Monroe County .Board of Commissioners Administrative Building 38 West Main St. Forsyth, GA. 31029. Bids will be opened on Friday, July 26, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at the above address. Payment by the su :cessful bidder must be by Cash, Cashier Check, or Money Order. Reserves have been established for each vehicle.