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August 7, 2019 Page 7D i iRL Orter )l By Dime Glklewell news ymcr.net In other local government news: The program at One Monroe, the joint dty-county meeting held each month with a fifth Tuesday began on July 30 with a presenta- tion by the Georgia Power Foundation to the Forsyth- Monroe County Chamber of Commerce Foundation of $5,000. Georgia Power's Ron Shipman, Vice President of the Southeastern Region, introduced Cassandra Cox, Georgia Powers' new external affairs manager, and they presented the check to Cheri Lance, Chamber President/ CEO on behalf of the Founda- tion. Shipman updated the group on the rate case Georgia Pow- er has filed with the Georgia Public Service Commission. He said this is the first time in six years Georgia Power has filed a rate case although u ties usually file every three years. The rate case, filed in late June, asks for a 7 percent increase, which will mean an increase of about $9.78 in the average bill. Shipman said Georgia Power needs the increase to pay for improve- ments in infrastructure. "Ibis has nothing to do with Plant Vogfle2' said Todd Tolbert, chairman of the Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce governmental affairs commit- tee and program facih'tator for One Monroe "This is all about making you viable and strong." Shipman said Georgia Power needs the revenue to pay for a new substation in 2020, for 1,000 miles of distribution wire and for the upgrade of 800 feeders among other infrastructure improve- ments. He said Georgia Power has already spent $4 billion and needs to add another $1.3 billion. Shipman said Georgia Power dealt with 50 major storm events in the last six years that affected 1.5 million of its 6.2 million customerg The improve- ments will/educe:the number of outages. "One of the major storms took our storm reserve to zero, and there were 49 oth- er' said Shipman. Another reason Georgia Power needs the rate increase is to stay in compliance with regulations so that it can keep itsplants operating. Shipman said Georgia Power has six rate plans for customers and is asking the Public Service Commission to let it make some changes. It has asked to increase its discounted base rate for seniors 65 and older from $18 to $24 per month. It has asked to allow a customer who moves into an existing house and wants to be on the flat bill program (which averages monthly charges so that they stay the same throughout the year) to be allowed to go on the program immediately instead of having a one-year waiting period. Georgia Power expects a derision on the rate case in late December. Culloden Mayor Lynn Miller gave an update on what is happening in CttUoden. The dty is working on getting a new well. It dosed on the easement on July 29 and is gathering data for a grant. The dty hdd a Back to School event that provided badqmcks for 32 children and served a hot dog meal to the children and their famih'es. Culloden will dedicate its Community Center on Mon- AUg. 26 at 11 a.m. She said everyone involved has done a phenomenal job on the center. She thanked Com- missioners Eddie Rowland and George Emami for their assistance. Miller said there are many uses planned for the Center, induding a monthly food pantry distribution, activities for seniors and a site for intemet access. Miller said that as a foster parent for children.with special needs, she appreci- ates how important it is for children to have a safe place to play outside. She said the children are partnering with Monroe County Schools Backpack Buddies program this year to help pack food for students who may not have enough to take home over weekends. The Culloden children are exalted to have a way they can help. Miller invited everyone to the annual blues festival at Culloden's Ellis Field on the Aug. 3 weekend. In giving his update Forsyth Mayor Eric Wilson began with progress on the new dty hall. Forsyth is wait- ing on asbestos abatement at the old Colonial store building before it can be demolished and work on the new dty hall can begin. Asbestos has been found in the silver paint in the old building, and the architects' work on the new building is on hold. Forsyth hdd a ground- breaking for its new dog parks on july 15. Wilson said this is the first planned addition for the city's largest park with an amphitheater, covered basket- ball courts, soccer fidds and other amenities planned in addition to existing ones like the splash pad and skate park. "community development is so important to economic devdopment2' said Wtlson. On Monday; Aug. 5 at 4:30 p.m. the dty will dedicate the American Legion Hall to Glover Stuart, adding his name but not deleting any of the existing designations at the Legion HalL Wdson said the dty wants to honor Stuart for the many contributions he has made and continues to make to the communi His , family and friends are invited to the dedication. On Saturday evening, Aug. 3, Forsyth is having its first annual Battle of the Bands competition on the square with four or five bands lined up to partidpate. On Friday, July 26 Forsyth signed an intergovemmental agreement with six other cities ADVISORY GROUP Part A, Part B, Part C, Part D Medicare Supplement Plans, Medicare Advantage Plans Confused? MEDICARE DECISIONS CAN BE HARD WE CAN HELP! We are Iongtime residents of Monroe County! 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Wilson would like to get more answers from Depart- ment of Transportation about the truck lanes, espedally for Forsyth landowners who will be affected. He said it might be a good topic for the next One Monroe meeting, which is Oct. 29. Gilda Stanbery of Forsyth Convention & Visitors Bureau said Forsyth has spots in two publications, the Georgia Travel Guide and the Georgia Culinary Guide, as well as information on the Explore Georgia website. She said these are a primary source of information for Georgia 112 million visitors each year as they decide where to visit and spend mone3n Whistle Stop Cafe's Fried Green Tomatoes Salad is one of the 100 Plates Locals Love induded in the Culinary Guide. Stanbery reported the Forsyth Georgia Trust Expedition Tour in June was a success with 25 ! registered participants from around the state and over 100 volunteers. Visitors continue to come to Forsyth as a result of the Ex- pedition. On July 24 the CVB shot a promotional video for Forsyth and Monroe County that will be linked to the CVB website and will be shown at Georgia visitor centers. Commission Chair Greg Tapley said improvements on Thomton Road are 95 percent complete in time for the first day of school. The work was a joint project with the Board of Education to help with traffic problems. He said the county has seven water expansion projects in south Monroe Coun The county is in the midst of a salary survey it has asked the Carl Vinson Institute of Govemment to conduct on county employ- ees. Tapley said commission- ers expect to set the 2020 m age rate at their Aug. 6 meeting, hoping to lower it slightly. The county bought two ambulances and hired Daniel Brown as its new chief building inspector. Work on the Hubbard Dorm is almost finished so that some county offices can move into the building. The county passed a referendum to put the TSPL6ST on the November ballot to add a 1 cent sales tax for transportation. The county expects to have its new fire station in service.in late September or early October. Monroe County Schools Superintendent Dr. Mike Hickman said the school system has been working over the summer to get ready for school to open on Aug. 2. Repaying of Thomton Road is complete. Hickman said 42 percent of students in the school system use Thornton Road. He said a lot of work was done at Mary Persons, including taking down trees and hying sod. The commons area at the Mary Persons entrance had the flooring rephced and a logo adde New paint and other work was done on the old 500 hall and part of the 200 halL Most recent test scores show Monroe County Schools at the top of Middle Georgia RESA and all counties that touch Monroe County in 24 out of 24 areas tested. "This means consistency in all of our dasses ' said Hichnan. The schooldigger.com website ranks Monroe County Schools 1 lth out of 189 public school systems in Georgia. He said 4,123 students are registered for the first day of school Mac Brown of Monroe County Hospital Authority said construction is continu- ing on the labs and emergen- cy room at the hospital. Upon completion there will be six patient beds and two observa- tion rooms in the emergency room. There will be separate areas for outpatients and those seeking treatment in the emergency room so as not to co-mingle patients who are sick with patients at the hospital for tests. Brown said work on the west wing and kitchen is complete. The kitchen will be ready to serve patients next week and staffsoon after- wards. Construction at the hospital will continue through January, with some wrap-up after that. Minori Italian Ristorante of Forsyth catered the One Monroe meeting, which was hdd at the Monroe County Conference Center, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce. 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