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/R orter By Diane Glidewell over $9,000 one month, gallons of water the next At that time the balance on been cut off. Goolsby agreed member Mike Dodd. news@mymc r.net Howell said he fixed some month. She said she had the bill was $17,274.04. that was reasonable and Wilson said that Hall has smaller leaks but then main talked to Howell about pay- Reviewing the billing re- suggested billing Howell the the authority to make pay- Mike Howell requested lines broke that dumped ing the bill over six months, cord for Park Place, Council $8,099.43 due in March plus ment arrangements with relief from Forsyth on a water ",rata the woods where but had advised him to ap- member Greg Goolsby said an average bill for April, May customers but does not city water bill that exceeds it wasnt seen. peal to council when he said that the bill in December was an, d June. have the authority to waive $25,000 at the July 16 City manager Janice Hall that he would not be able $160, then the account was will set a precedent any portion of a bill. Hall council meeting. The bill said that the Water Depart- to pay the $25,000 bill even posted for cutoffin March with whatever we do. Ms. said that she did not have is for water service at Park mentb records reflect that the over six months, when it reached $8,000 due. Hall gets calls every day [ask- a phone number to notify Place Mobile Home Park off Park Place meter shows 1.6 Hall said that when a leak It was probably not cut off ing to delay utility cut off], anyone about the Park Place and I get some of them, said bill and there was not an of- Montpelier Road. Howell is million gallons of water in causes a large increase in a because a $500 payment was rice at the mobile home park now managing the Park that May and 1.2 million gallons bill, she usually subtracts made. was previously managed by of water June. Hall said the charge for sewerage. "Cutoff was not done as should have re ,a zed where dty workers could put his father-in-law, who has city water officials said that it However, the dty does not it should have been, said sometlain was .wrong, said a notice on a door knob. passed awa): was conceivable that much provide sewerage service for Goolsby. The reason we Goolsby. We didr/t catch it Council directed Hall to The large bill resulted water could have flowed Park Place', so she is not able have a cutoff is to keep these for six months. We have to get good contact informa- from leaks in the water lines, through the meter. Mayor to reduce the bill this problems from happening, do our job In February tion from Howell, review Before January water bills for Eric Wilson described it as a Hall said water service at $25,000 is absurd: when the bill jumped $3,000 his bills for 12 months to Park Place averaged about day's worth of water for the Park Place was scheduled for Wilson said that Howell we should have noticed determine average use before $400-600 per month. In whole city. cutoff on May 4 and she did should be charged for the something? the leak and bill him for Januar) the bill jumped to Hall said that after the wa- not know why it was not cut average bill before the leak "There is negligence on our the outstanding balance in $1,500 and in April it was ter line breaks were repaired, off then instead of allowed to for each month that he had part because it should have March plus tl ee months of $8,000 and afterwards went Park Place used only 8,900 keep nmning with the leak. service, even if it should have been cut off,' said Council average use. City renews If cou onfracf for three years By Diane Glidewell news@mymccnet Forsyth renewed its agreement with the Forsyth Country Club to manage the golf course at the city's Country Club Park for another 36 months effec- tive Aug. 2. For several years, the front nine holes and the clubhouse of the golf course were privately owned by an incorporated group of local golfers while the city owned the back nine holes. Last year the city bought the rest of the course and contracted with the former owners to manage the course and the clubhouse for the six months from February until Aug. 2. With that contract running out, representatives of the Forsyth Country Club board of directors, including Lamar Russell, Rick Schulz and Sam Freeman, brought a new contract to city council on July 16. Time was of the essence for the group because it is in the process of hiring a new individual to maintain the course and because its four-year lease on golf carts is up for renewal. It needed a contract of an least 36 months with the city to facilitate both pending commit- ments. Council agreed unanimously to extend its management agreement with For- syria Country Club, Inc. for another 36 months and to discuss the changes requested in the agreement. Russell said the Club is on track for more rounds of golf played this year than last year in spite of all the rainy weather. Last year there were 15,200 rounds; this year there were 8,000 rounds by June, which is on pace for 17,000 rounds for the year. One reason is the closures of Barrington Hall and Bowden Golf Courses in Macon, which has brought golfers to Forsyth. Russell said that he is confident the Forsyth course will look good when the new man they want to hire gets on the job. He is in Iowa but is from this area. He sprayed the greens with fertilizer this weekend. A lot of work is being done on the Forsy Country aub course; a tree struck by lightning near Hole 18 was deaned up on July 16. Work is in process to replace steps to some of the tee boxes. Some handrails on the backside are being replaced. A small bridge is being closed so that carts will not drive over it until it is repaired. The practice area is being deaned up and netting and posts are being taken down. The city is helping replace electric poles so that there will be five instead of three. Fifty new golf carts will arrive in Decem- ber on a new four-year lease agreement. The six-month management agree- ment called for city council to put one of its members on the golf course board of directors. It has not done so, and no one accepted the position at the council meeting. Council member Julius Stroud asked if council members could rotate on the golf course board and was told that they could. One issue to be discussed at a later time . was whether the city will fumish utilities to the golf course at a discounted rate or no cost since it owns the course. The agreement says it will' provide' utili- ties for the course but does not define 'provide: The club has tanks for gasoline and diesel fuel that hold 500 gallons each if the city agreed to fill them. In the agreement, the Club is respon- sible for all grounds and landscaping maintenance of the course, parking lots and buildings; sets fees for play and rental of carts and other equipment; sells golf-related items; provides instruc- tions by a PGA-certified instructor and provides insurance for Clubhouse furnishings. The city provides the course, clubhouse, a facility for housing carts and other equipment, utilities and liabil- ity insurance. The Club asked that the city also agree to maintain a good quality road at the entrance to the parking lot, provide nor- mal quality drinking water, assist with correcting any potential liability issues on the course and with beautification of the course and help locate state and federal grants. By Diane Glidewell news@mymcr.net As it plans its new City Hall on property adjoining its Public Safety Complex on Kimball Street, Forsyth's city council has expressed concern that the city's water tank that towers over the site from the city cem- etery be painted so that it complements the new City Hall. Council members had asked if they can change the color of the water tower, and Brad McConnell of American Tank Mainte- nance attended the July 16 council meeting to answer questions. American Tank Mainte- nance has a contract with Forsyth to maintain its four water towers: the cemetery tower, River Forest, Bibb Mill and Industrial Park. The four towers are differ- ent styles; both the Bibb Mill and cemetery tank are aluminum. Paint colors available for aluminum are gold, green and mist blue. McConnell said that aluminum paint adheres best to aluminum. To ap- ply other paint, American Tank would need to put a coating on the aluminum tank. The cost of a coating on the top of the tower only would be about $10,000. To prime the whole tank would be about $30,000. To change the color on a whole non-aluminum tank would be about $25-30,000, and a full tank blast and containment runs about $200,000. Presently the cemetery water tower prodaims "Home of Mary Persons Bulldogs" and has a large logo of a bulldog head. McConneU said the cost to trace around and repaint the existing design would City council wants to paint its water tower near the city cemetery so that it matches the new city hall it is building nearby. Council is deciding whether it will keep the Mary Persons bulldog logo on the water tower. be much less than to create color to blend in with the a new logo of the same building; it doesn't matter size. He said there is a lot of to me what color as long as detail in the bulldog, and a it blends in with the build- new design of that cam- ing,' said Council member plexity would cost $10,000- Mike Dodd. "That signage $12,000. The cemetery should fit in with the color." water tower is not far from McConneU said that the Mary Persons campus. American Tank can pro- "I like that we pay ham- vide a rendering within 30 age to the football team" days of how the tank will said Council member look. Mayor Eric Wilson Julius Stroud. "Other teams asked him to provide the see it when they come in, rendering and said he and former players see it." would ask the architects for "It will probably hurt City Hall to advise council some feelings if we take / on color and design for that away,' said Council the cemetery water tank member John Howard. that will blend with colors "The new building will planned for the new City be right below. I want the Hall. By Diane Glidewell news@mymcr.nef Monroe County Schools Sex Education Commit- tee is recommending the school system continue using the abstinence-based Choosing the Best program but with some changes, such as adding more infor- mation about STD's (Sexu- ally Transmitted Diseases) and adding more days with specific content for high school students. Superintendent Dr. Mike Hickman reported the Committee's recommenda- tions to the Board of Educa- tion at its July 17 meeting. He said the 16-member committee, which met on June 14, induded two stu- dents who have been in the Choosing the Best program, school principals, medi- cal personnel, the Forsyth mayor, parents and other members from the commu- nity. Representatives from the Health Department and from Houston County pro- vided information for the committee. Hickman said an effort was made to put people on the committee who were not prejudiced for or against Choosing the Best. Hickman said the cam- mittee was given the state health standards for grades 7-12 and decided that Choosing the Best aligns with both the health stan- dards and the prevailing values in Monroe County. The committee divided into three groups to provide recommendations, and some of the recommenda- tions were the same from each group. Statistics showed that Rick Cantrell 478-992-7042 LAND CLEARING / FORESTRY MULCHING BRUSH MOWING / RIGHT OF WAYS / BOUNDARY LINES NO DEBRIS TO HAUL OFF / NO BURNING / ECO FRIENDLY HOPIGNS ~4ff~ ASSOCIATES Certified Public Accountants 68 North Jackson Street Forsyth (p) 478-994-1820 (f) 478-994-3102 www.hopkinscpaga.com Serving Forsyth for more than 40years~ although Mo oe County has a low rate of teenage births before the age of high school graduation, there is a spike in births by 18- and 19-year-old mothers. That led to suggestions for more programs at the high school level and a need for supports in place for those out of high school. It was suggested that more content specific to STDs and pregnancy prevention be added in the high school classes. One suggestion was to partner with the health department to use nurses as instructors for some Choos- ing the Best segments. Hickman said that some suggestions, like stretching the program through the year instead of running it on consecutive days, may not be possible because of scheduling. The students said they prefer having vol- unteers teach the program but like to have regular teachers present during the dasses. Committee members were generally pleased with the Choos- ing the Best program for middle school and had few suggestions for changes at that level. Hickman said the suggestions from the Sex Education Committee were shared with The Pregnancy Center of Monroe County, which coordinates the local program. Hickman said he thought it would be worthwhile to have a Sex Education Cam-i mittee meet each summer to review feedback on the program. The board voted unanimously to support the committee's recommenda- tions. !J