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Page 40 Central Georgia EMC members come out tor light bulbs, hot dogs, buckets, fellowship By Diane Glidowell news©rnymcrnet Central Georgia EMC held its 82nd Annual Meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 7. Because they are owned by their members/ customers, rural elec— tric providers must hold annual meetings to elect board of directors, approve inclusion of new members, present a financial report I and minutes from the last meeting and any other administrative business. To make those meet— ings legal, the EMC’s must attract at least a quorum of members to the meet- ings. Central Georgia EMC offers drawings for prizes for all members who come, with many of the prizes ru'ronmo CLASSES The Leon Goodrum Tutoring Program will begin September 7, 2019 on the Tilt College Campus, Hardin Library, from 9 a.m. until 12 noon. All interested parents should contact Mr; Stewart at 478-954-8609 or Ms. Kim Stewart at 478-394-1713 to enroll their child. Sponsored by The Leon Goodrum Foundation provided by vendors who do business with EMC. This year there were draw- ings for 56 prizes, includ- ing lots of gift cards and a 65-inch television. There were gift cards for the oldest man (92) and woman (98) present, the youngest baby (7 weeks), the couple married the longest (67 years) and the couple most recently mar— ried (June 2019). It so hap— pened that the parents of the youngest baby this year won the prize for the most recently married couple last year. Left are Meredith and Jonathan Adams with their CGEMC bucket filled with gifts. Although Monroe County was well repre- sented at the meeting, not a lot of prizes were seen heading back to Monroe. William SoWell of Forsyth took a $100 Energy Credit ACCOUNTING PROFESSIONALS. BUSINESS CONSULTANTS. Tax ‘ Audit ' Briokkeqiing ' lRS l{t:l)l‘l.‘Si‘lllill ion HOPKINS 50:?ASSOCIATES Serving Forsyt/zfiir more than 40yearr/ of the tax di Certified Public Accountants 68 Northjackson Street ' Forsyth l (p) 478-994—1820 (f) 478—994-3102 , BOARD OF EDUCATIGN, ., : TOTAL/M80 TAXES LEVIED , ,, Net" Tax 5 increase ’*“ Net Tax % Increase , The Monroe County Board of Education does hereby announce that the millage rate will be set at a meeting to be held at the Boardof Education offices, 25 Brookiyn Avenue, Forsyth, on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. and pursuant to the requirements of O.C.G.A. § 48~S~32 does hereby publish the following presentation of the current year's tax digest and levy," along with the history gest and levy for the past five years. ' CURRENT 2019 PROPERTY TAX DIGEST AND 5 YEAR HISTORY OF LEVY 1,603“ i '13? rinsesnzau 13'? $20,796,538 $20,719,536 v ‘ ' ($77,002) Pictured above, left to right, are Ethan Payne, Drew Pat- terson and David Shoemaker during the National Anthem. Right, Cody, Phil and Dana Ham of Monroe County talk after the annual meeting adiourns. Phil Ham represents Monroe and Bibb Countie on the CGEMC board of direc- tors. (Photos/Diane Glidewell) Certificate that he can apply to his next EMC bill. Ricky Fisher of Forsyth was picked for a $25 Ama- zon gift card. But no one who came to the Central Georgia EMC meeting left empty-hand— ed. Of the 678 members who registered at the meeting, each one got a big white utility bucket filled with gifts. There were two LED light bulbs, a collaps— ible strainer, four kitchen scrapers, a heavy duty oven mitt and more in each bucket plus some gifts of- fered by vendors at tables near registration. Members and all the guests who accompanied them were treated to hot dog lunches of two hot dogs grilled and served by CGEMC workers, chips, soft drinks or bottled water and ice , cream sandwiches. Total attendance was estimated at about 1,400. Those attending were treated to entertainment by Master of Ceremonies Rev. Ed Hoard, a long—time pastor and motivational speaker who is pres- ently serving First Baptist Church Zebulon. Scouts from Troop 51 in Forsyth led the pledge of allegiance to the US. flag to open the meeting. The scouts were David Shoemaker and Drew Patterson; they were accompanied by leaders Bobby Walker, Iill Darden and Sue Shoemaker. Mary Persons senior Ethan Payne sang the national anthem. Payne’s voice is widely enjoyed in Central Georgia; he opened for Suzy Bogguss at Monroe Fine Arts Center in June and was a popular .v contestant on “American Idol” last season. Payne sang with Luke Bryan be fore a crowd of 50,000 at a Dallas Cowboys game with he was 13. ' Central Georgia EMC , board chairman D.T. Hamil welcomed mem— bers, employees and guests, especially veterans, mem— bers of law enforcement and retired EMCem- ployees. District Attorney Jonathan Adams, Georgia House Rep. Susan Holmes and Monroe County BOC Chair Greg Tapley were among those receiving special recognition. Central Georgia EMC President/ CEO George Weaver said he was proud to host everyone in the now completed CGEMC event space next door to its headquarters. He said the building has received its final permits and thanked Piedmont Construction for overseeing every detail. He said it was nice to be in air conditioning rather than in a hot tent outside, which was the tradition for the annual meetings for many years. The building has been named for John Fish, a long-time CGEMC administrator. “It will be here for a long time to come,” said Weaver. He said 2018 was an “exciting year of prog— ress” and CGEMC is in a .. strong position for now and the future. Weaver said CGEMC’s rates are the third lowest among providers of electricity in Georgia, saving members an average of $61/ month or $732/year. CGEMC has 102 employees, which equates to 559 meters per employee. One thing CGEMC is watching for the future is the increase in electric vehicles. They now repre— sent 2.4 percent of vehicle sales, but that is predicted to rise to 30 percent by 2027. Other things coming in the future are large scale August 14, 29W battery storage and EMC participation in-providing rural broadband. A bill passed the Georgia leg- islature this year to allow EMCs to provide broad- band service, and Weaver said CGEMC is research- ing its options. The financial report showed CGEMC has $252.3 million intotal assets and total liabilities and equity for 2018. That is up from $240.6 million in 2017. Board members Warren Holder, Linda Jordan and Everett Wil- liams were re-elected. No other candidates for their positions were nominated. The meeting approved 666 new CGEMC members. At the end of 2018 CGEMC served 7,623 meters in Monroe County, including three county schools, the Five Below Distribution Center, Han- son Aggregate and South— ern Forest. It paid $209,007 in taxes to Monroe County. CGEMC Foundation dis- tributed $18,51 1 in grants in Monroe County in 2018'. Phil Ham represents Monroe and Bibb Counties on the CGEMC Board of Directors. Bobby Melton of Monroe County is the CGEMC board attorney. ‘ UPCOMI IN M Continued from lC want to become BQA-certifiecl. The instructor is UGA Extension of- 4;}, , 1,501,983,609 1 31,243,230 r 2,496,207 Beet Specialist Jason Dug— gin. The program will be from (3-8 pm. at Sleepy Creek Farm (595 Reedy Creek 2017 4,960,035 f ' 151,962 1,540,835 043 . 217,030,133! 715.734 $20,828 746 $21,240,509 No NTS * Rd, Forsythl. Registration is $5 and includes dinner and 0 BOA binder To be guaranteed a binder, RSVP by Aug. TS to . 1,538,817,377 25,601,020 27408342. “ 3,257,379 “295,683 1,570,390,301 I, 218,359,923 I, , NET 13le VALUE 1,355,529,775 1,352,626,691 1,309,887,739 1,323,804,910 1,352,030,378 1,407 266 360 2,300,692 i 15.716 15.669 $22 050 457 2.02% 3.77% $128,591 , ‘. $419,763 $801 947 Monroe County Extension at 478-994-704. Aug. 21 r Food Bank Distribution Christ United Methodist Church, along with other local churches and in coniunction with Circle of Care, will distribute food pack— ages provided by the Macon Food Bank on Wednesday, Aug. 2T. To volunteer to help unload the truck and/or assemble and distribute food, show up at TO am. at Christ UMC, 4l7 North Frontage Road, Forsyth (next to the Farm Bureau). For informa- tion on being a recipient of this once-a-month food distribution. contact Circle of Care at (478l- 994-4939. Aug. 26‘ . Extension mum and Learn The Monroe CountyExtenslon Lunch Learn program‘onw Pond and Fish Management will be on Monday, Aug. ‘26 at the Extension Office from - T2-l pm. Guest speaker will be Steven Patrick, Habersham Extensioh. Registration ls STD and includes lunch, which'will be chicken and biscuits. RSVP to 478—994-70l4 by Aug. 22..