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August 7, 2019 eReporter Page 6D - m By Richard Dumas Monroe County Commissioners unani- mously approved on Thursday, July 18 to call for a county-wide referendum vote on the Nov. 5 ballot on whether to impose a local penny Transportation Special Pur- pose Local Option Sales Tax (TSPLOST). If approved, the TSPLOST would last for five years beginning on April 1, 2020 and would be capped at $17 million for transportation needs. Of that $17 million, $15 million would be bonded. If approved, Monroe County would receive about $14.1 million (83.2 percent of the proceeds), the City of Forsyth would receive about $2.6 million (15 percent of the proceeds), and the City of Culloden would receive about $305,000 (1.8 percent of the proceeds). by recall. Evans, who said he has a contractor grade measuring wheel, said of Watts' road selection process: "The evaluation was totally improper:' Hedges responded that a project list was required by law, and they determined over 100 county roads to be resurfaced. Hedges said the county has the latitude to change the project list as needed within the frame- works of the road resurfacing budget. District 3 commissioner John Ambrose, who motioned to call for the referendum, said if the TSPLOST fails, the county can- not make significant road improvements without commissioners otherwise voting to raise the millage. Once Evans' con- cerns about the project list were allayed, commissioners voted 5-0 to call for the TSPLOST referendum. Later in Thursday's meeting, Ambrose After agreeing to start the revised process on any new road project, commissioners then unanimously approved to create a single road fund account. According to Hedges and Watts' initial project list, portions of roads slated to be resurfaced in Districtl include: Lakeside Drive, Shoney's Road, Town Creek Road, Washington Drive, Oak Ridge Terrace and Oakridge Drive. Portions of District 2 roads to be resur-. faced include: Dyas School Road, Flint Road, HamiU Drive, Hardage Road, Joe Chambers Road, Josey Road, Lindsey Road, Lower Thomaston Road, Montpelier Church Road, Montpelier Station Road, Old Brent Road, Renouf Road, Wrights Grove Church Road, Broken Arrow Trail, Buckhead Lane, Charles Johnson Road, Circle Street, Collins Ridge Drive, Jack- son Lindsey Road, King Road, McCowen Ridge Road Shortcut, Searcy Drive, Searcy Place, Spelman Road, Trey Terrace, Whit- tle Road, Woods Road, Bolingreen Drive, i Bowdoin Road, Camellia Drive, Carriage : Drive, Deer Creek Drive, Edge Road, Faith :," Court, Faith Drive, Marvin Circle, Natures Trail, Newton Road, Pate Road, Sapphire ,r Court, Sapphire Drive, Sleepy Creek Road, Deer Ridge Trail, Harvest Drive, Kent "' Drive, Lee King Circle, Oak Lane, Quail )' i,; Trail and Taylor Road. Portions of District 4 roads to be re- surfaced include: Boxanlde Road, Elbert JacksOn Road, Estes Road, Ham Road, , Hayes Drive, Higgins Mill Road, High 2 Road, Jeffrey Way, Julie Lane, Lakeshore :, Drive, Lakeview Road, Pioneer Trail, Talmadge Road, Big Buck Trail, Cherokee Trail, Lassiter Road, Logwall Church Road, ,:' Mace Manor, Martha Lane, Oak Cirde, Pine Lane Trail, Roberts Farm Road, Tim- County manager Jim Hedges and countymotioned to eliminate the county's long- Road, Shi Road, Bagley Road, Billy Harris berline Road, Tingle Road, Tommys Trail, ' road department supervisor Junior Watts time practice of dividing road funds up Road, Bunn Road, Callaway Road, Davis Towaliga Lake Drive, Unionville Road, '" determined a total of 152.49 miles of coun- evenly by district commissioner. Ambrose Road, Debra Drive, Dumas Road, Ensign Buck Creek Road, Geneva Lane, Gordon '< tY roads to be resurfaced using TSPLOST, suggested creating a single account for all Road, Hertford Place, Lower Simmons" Road, Gregory Road, Happy Lane, Heron r i 2020 SPLOST and Local Maintenance and road funds and establishing a countywide Road, Music Row and Tharpe Road. Por- Cove, Towaliga River Drive, Towaliga . "` Impr ovement Grant ( LMI G) pro cee d s criteria for determinin g what roads need tions of District 3 roads to be resurfaced South Road and Towali'g a Trail. ' over the next six years. The tot-al project repairs first. After Ambrose's motion was include: Christian Road, Country Creek Roads to be resurfaced that encom- :: i cost was estimated at $19 million seconded by District 4 commissioner Road, Country Place, Country Trail, Deer pass more than one commission district .:, District 1 commissioner Larry Evans said George Emami, Evans said he agreed with Lake Drive, Jenkins Road, Jennings Lane, include: Montpelier Road, Pea Ridge Road, no formal measurements were done to de- Ambrose's recommendation, saying it John Paul Road, Klopfer Road, Lancaster Juliette Road, Abernathy Road, Blue Store ;, termine what roads were to be resurfaced would give the TSPLOST a better chance Court, Loraine Forest Court, Loraine For- Road and Charles Way. k, and said Watts made the choices primarily of passing if citizens knew roads all over est Drive, Loraine Woods Court, Loraine , the county would benefit from it. Woods Drive, Loraine Woods Place, Pea fv, .?2 II IClr I:I IT shower, but he refused medi- man in hio patrolvchldc to take Boy 1taken to hospilral run after a wrecK on Hwy. 87on "- .'d"--" cal treatment Dispatchers then him to Macon's Medical Center -J:6 k : L Aug 2 At about 8" 17 p m, Dep Continued from bu " " Navi nt u ~. i.~ennnW ~nnnwnn ~]F ' " determined the man was wantedce Health; but the man Stephen Ph pps went to Hwy. out of Fulton County. After Ken- began beating his head against dog at campground 87 near Dixie Road where the u . l,-- .- t - :. ldrick told the man to sit down on the interior of the vehicle. While male driver of a wrecked blue "" I1FIUIII IliAI~II ll~ lllt~l lllkll . . . . Ira, some steps, the man attempted en route to the Medical Center, At about 9 p.m. on Aug. 2, Dep. 2004 Honda Accord told Phinn alter I nglng ll aa onto flee on foot. Kendrick grabbed Kendrick's patrol vehicle got a fiat Tyler Rodgers went to Dames he was headed southbound on 'r v,:, ground, resisting arrest the man and tried" to take hun" tire," so the man had to be moved Ferry Road where a boy had been Hwv. 87 when he saw an object in to the ground, but the man held to a different transport car. Upon bitten by a dog. The boy, whose the road. The Accord driver'said A 43 year old white Norcross hunself u b rabbm the railarrwal at the hos ]tal, the man head was >1tapped m gauze, nact h - - " " P Yg " g "- " P" multi lecusto " " e swerved to miss the object, r,i man faces charges of terroristic ing of the stairs. The man then continued acting aggressively and P the top of hiscausing him to drive off the road :i', threats and acts and obstruc- began to fight all three deputies, saying he wanted to kill himself, head, behind his right ear, around and hit a tree on the northbound -7:' tion after an incident at the High Falls Hideaway motd on July 30. At about 10:07 p.m Dep. Wade Kendrick went to High Falls Hideaway motel on High Falls Road about a man who was bleeding from the head. A male employee told Kendrick that a woman came into the motel's main office and asked him to call 9- i- 1. The employee said the man, who was bleeding from his head and in apparent need of medical attention, then urged him not to call 9 - 1-1. The employee told Kendrick the man, woman and another woman were staying in Room 106. Kendrick, CpI. Christian Sawley and Dep. Sullivan went to Room 106, where the man's head had two large cuts in it and was bleeding. The man told Kendrick he fell while he was getting out of the swinging his right arm wildly to prevent being handcuffed. The man then hit his head sev- eral times on the concrete while shouting, "I want to kill myself,' and, "Just let me die." Kendrick then hit the man in the shoulder several times with his flashlight, but he still wouldn't comply with deputies' orders. Deputies finally got control of the man's right arm and were able to handcuff him. As EMTs tried to treat the man's head injuries, he lay back and began to beat his head against the concrete again. EMTs then put the man on a stretcher so he couldn't hit his "head anymore, but the man continued to be bel- ligerent, cursing at the deputies. When the other woman tried to get the man to stop, he shouted at both women that he was going to kill them. Kendrick then put the The man was then put into a restraint chair at which point the man threatened to escape. When the man saw some cuts on the deputies, he said he hoped they had cuts on them because he said he's HIV positive. man finding rusty revolver near 1-75 on Burro Road At about 1:51 p.m. on Aug. 2, a Forsyth man told Dep. Chris Sherrell he found a rusted revolv- er buried in the dirt while he was tilling his garden on Bunn Road. .The man said the gun, which was heavily damaged, was located about 50 feet from 1-75. Sherrell was unable to find a serial num- ber or determine the gun's make and model, but he took the gun into evidence, i his left eye and on his lip. The boy told Rodgers he was trying to play with a dog at a campground when the dog attacked him. The boy's mother said they previously lived at the campground, and she said her son had played with the dog before. The female camp- ground owner told Rodgers the dogs' owners had put down the dog after the attack, but Rodgers was unable to reach the own- ers. The boy was then taken to Macon's Medical Center Navicent Health for treatment. Two men arrested for hit-and-run after wreck on Hwy. 87 A 24-year-old black Atlanta man and a 24-year-old black Miami, Fla. man were each ar- rested and charged with hit-and- side of Hwy. 87. A witness, who was also headed south on Hwy. ; 87, told Phipps the Accord driver was traveling erratically and :-": following another vehicle, a blue a 2010 Nissan Altima, that was also ;' speeding. The witness said the A1- "' tima went around him before the 7" Accord tried to pass him as well. " I But he said the Accord didn't have enough room, so the driver ": had to choose between hitting an oncoming vehicle or driving ; off the road into the woods. The male Altima driver tried to flee the scene but was stopped about a mile up the road. Phipps also confiscated two Taurus pistols from the wrecked car. The Ac- :' cord driver, the Atlanta man, was :-' also charged with driving while license suspended and driving too fast for conditions, z, .;q course Officer Jeremy Malone of the Forsyth Police Depart- ment completed an online Speed Detection Operator course taught by the Geor- gia Police Academy Divi- sion of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center. Speed consistently ranks as one of the top five con- tributing factors result- ing in serious injury and fatality incidents. In 2012, 34 percent of all motor- cyclists involved in fatal / crashes were speeding, compared with 22 percent for drivers of passenger cars, 18 percent for light truck drivers and 8 per- cent for large truck driv- ers, according to National of police traffic LIDAR incidents and ultimately :, Highway Traffic Safety As- speed measurement saving lives. sociation data. This course instruments. Training and Funding for this pro- is designed to improve proactive enforcement will gram has been provided the effectiveness of speed enable law enforcement to by the State of Georgia " enforcement through the have an impact on reduc- Governor's Office of High- :r proper and inefficient use ing these speed related way Safety '*' Macon Regional Crimestoppers needs the public's help in locating these wanted persons for arrest. Macon Regional Crimestoppers offers rewards of up to $2,000 for tips that lead to ar- rests. Leads or "tips" can be provided to Crimestoppers through its tip line at 478-742-2330 or t -877-68CRIME or via its online tip submission, and all tipsters will remain anonymous. Holly Carpenter Ernest Collins Vincent 1". Goodrum Kishanne Jones Probation V!olation - Superior Court Probation Violation - Superior Court Aggravated Assault- Felony Probation Violation - Superior Court