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m w i- Okinawan - arate “ August l5, 2018 Forsyth council checks" out designs for City Hall exterior Diane Glidewell news©mymcmet City council members have a better idea of what they want a new City Hall on Kimball Street to look like after meeting with an architectural team from Clark Nexsen on Aug. 6. Anthony Garcia presented the firm’s visions for City Hall, and the four—man team answered questions from city council members and listened to their prefer- ences and ideas. Garcia said that he thought council had decided on the floor plan, for City Hall (how offices, meeting rooms and other space inside the two-story building will be arranged) and that there will be few , changes in it. The architects had changed the main entrance a little, reworked the bill payment suite and flipped one other room based on input from the council at the last meeting. The focus now was to agree on the exterior appearance of the building. Garcia presented four renderings to council and asked the members to pick features they liked and eliminate features they don’t like to come up a schematic that will give the Clark Nexsen architects direction. Council found features they liked in three of the four drawings given them, and council member Greg Goolsby taped together two drawings to create another design option that was quickly dubbed ‘Franken- stein.’ Garcia said the team had drawn from historic build- ings in the area to create a City Hall that would fit the historic context of Forsyth; he said the team had also been conscious not to mimic any specific historic building. All of the options used red brick, white trim, gray materials and glass. Another consideration is how City Hall will look next to the water tower and the Forsyth Public Safety Complex. Asked what the columns shown in front of the building would be made of, Garcia said they could be pre-cast of a hardie board— type material or could be some type of metal. He said he assumes City Hall will be a steel frame building. He said the price of the suggested materials would not vary more than 3-5 percent. He said more expensive materials will be used on the front and less expensive materials on the back, less visible part of Page 3C Above is ‘Option ‘1’ of what Forsyth's new city hall might look like. Below, council member Greg Goolsby tapes together two options presented by architects to try to capture what he likes best from each option. (Photo/Diane Glidewell) City Hall’s exterior. All of the visions of City Hall include a ‘signature tower,’ planned to give City Hall the look of a landmark One drawing showed a clock face on the tower, and council mem- bers discussed whether they like the idea of a clock, reflective of the clock on top of Monroe County courthouse. Garcia said the clock could be lit and that various types of numbers could be used on it or the space could feature a mural, the city seal, commissioned artwork or some other representative signature of Forsyth. City manager Janice Hall said the city does not want to mimic the courthouse too closely. Garcia said the architects shifted the entry on one design so that people will cross Harris Street from the parking lot to the front entrance of City Hall. Initially council member John Howard liked the first option and the clock it showed on the tower while council members Mike Dodd and Chris Hewett at first preferred the third option. Melvin Lawrence said he found something to like in all of the choices. Council member Julius Stroud was not at the meeting. After discussion council agreed that op- tion two had too much of a medical facility look and discarded it. Mayor Eric Wilson said that he likes the third op— tion, but he had feedback from the public that it looks too much like a school. Main Street coordinator Tammie Pierson said that she lives in an 1800’s house and prefers a traditional, historic look that conveys the image of a strong build- ing. Garcia said that he also lives in an 1800’s house but to build something with that kind of traditional look today is very expensive. He said that what makes a building look traditional are cornices, banding, bases, shafts at the base and a lot of other decorative work that was initially used to cover points that build- ers could not get straight in the past. “I like living in traditional houses, but I don’t want to build one,” said Garcia. Goolsby said that one element he likes for City Hall is the covered walkway shown in one option. He complimented the ‘nice clean line’ on one design. Garcia asked council mem~ bers to study the drawings and continue to give Clark Nexsen feedback while the team implements direction gathered from council. Schoo receives Mark of Excellence f G0 dAward A The Okinawan Karate tial arts development and School, which has locations their everyday lives. in Forsyth, Macon and Michael and Cheryl Brew- Milledgeville, was among a ster, owners of Okinawan select few schools to receive Karate School, accepted the the distinguished Mark of award at the 2018 Martial Pictured, left to right,are Paul Webb, Michael Brewster, Cheryl Brewster, Mike Dillard. Excellence Award in 2018. Arts Supershow in Las Ve- This award is one of the gas. The team that attended . . . . . ,, v . . highest honors bestowed the Supershow included of the Okinawan Karate artshave the ability to ” nities. mthe communityanda b Century Marti a1 Arts Michael and Che 1 in_ School on Monday, July 2, profoundly change hves, The Martial Arts Super- school on the forefront of y . ry ’ at the Gold Event. The event said Century founder and v Show is the world’s largest martial arts teaching and It attests to the Okinawan structor/ son Ryan Brewster, . . .. . . , . . . was held at the Hyde Club CEO Michael Dillard. That martial arts industry trade- development trends, the Karate Schools outstanding instructor Iahtrell Fields and . . . . . . . 1n the Bellagio Resort in Las is exactly what our Mark show and educational event, Okinawan Karate School servrce to the community as Program Director Dakota . . . . . Vegas. of Excellence Winners are hosted annually by the has been a regular presence a whole and the posrtive im— Elhson. The Mark of Excel- “ . . . . . . . . . At Century, our core domg — changing hves for Martial Arts Industry Asso- at the SuperShow for some pact it has had on indiv1dual lence Award was presented . . . . . . . ‘ students, in both their map to the Brewsters on behalf behef is that the martial the better in their commu- cration (MAIA). As a leader years. lE R 5 rent 6th-8th grade student quired tests and bested the . body. He said that moving average by 10 percent or conllnued from 2C forward, Monroe County more on 18 of the tests. It Schools plans to build a new moved up in Schooldigger. 9th grade campus and add com from 29th to 19th out Monroe County SChOOlS to the wings at the Middle of the 182 school districts Superintendent Dr- Mike School Banks Stephens in Georgia. He said the Hickman said that every- campus. schools expect almost thing was ready to 5‘31“! will just move up 4,100 students to begin the the 2018-19 school year on Monday, Aug. 6. The start was pushed back from Friday because of air quality and Water problems at the sixth grade campus but luckily the school system has the space on its seventh— eighth grade campus to absorb the sixth grade. Hickman said the school system may temporarily ' add some mobile units to give mOre space to special needs students, but the 41 classrooms and gym are big enough for the cur- our long range plans,” said Hickman. He said that the Monroe County Boys 8r Girls Club, which is housed in one of the William Hubbard campus buildings, is in a building that is on higher ground. He said the air quality has checked out satisfactorily there and the Boys 8: Girls Club will not need to move. -- Hickman said that for the first time Monroe County Schools beat the state average in all 24 reL new year. There will be a football scrimmage on Aug. 10, and the opening game will be Aug. 17. The Fine Arts Center will host The Big Top Show on Aug." 16 and Sail On on Aug. 18. Monroe County Hospital Authority chairman Todd Tolbert said that over the last year, the hospital has seen the benefits of having the right people in the right places, from CEO Lorraine Smith to Director of Nurses Casey Flecken- Monroe'County leaders share a meal before hearing updates from groups around the, county. Pictured at the front table, left to right, are Todd Talbert, Donna Washburn, Dale Washburn and Lorraine Smith. (Photo/Diane Glidewell) stein to Jarvis Napier, who oversees cooking at the, hospital. Monroe County Hospital catered themeal for the Monroe One meet— ing, which was at Mon- roe County Conference Center. , Tolbert said the Con- struction committee has reviewed two bids and plans to award a contract _. on Sept. 25. He said cost overruns are expected because of concrete and labor Cost increases. There ‘ will be a long—term strat- egy meeting on Aug. 7. The next Monroe One meeting will be Tuesday, Oct. 30.