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September 5, 2018 Page 7C iRE orter ! By Diane Gllclewell news@mymcr.nef Vandalism In her report to council, City Manager Janice Hall said vandalism is continu- ing at the Splash Pad. There has been damage at the shower, and the signs are almost completely de- stroyed. Hall said she had tried to hire high school students to monitor the Splash Pad over the sum- mer but had not been able to find anyone interested in the job. Instead the city has been paying city employees who sign up on their days offto check on the Splash Pad' She said that she and other city administrators have been taking calls on weekends and checking on the Splash Pad" There is still a problem with parents dropping off children without supervi- sion. People have cut off the valves to the tank, causing no water to get to the tank. Montego is working on problems with the pump. Council member Melvin Lawrence said there is also a problem with vandalism at Kynette Park. He got a call at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4 from the group Continued from 6C gether. High School 4- ers will meet from 6-7 p.m. at the Extension Office begin- ning on Thursday, Sept. 20. There will be training for senior club officers at Camp Washega in September. Courtney will continue to have Cloverleaf meetings and activities during school that held a major Back to School event at Kynette Park in honor of former city employee Kip Evans. The restrooms and building were vandalized during the night after the group had already cleaned up getting ready for the event the next day. "It was embarrassing, especially since there were people from out of town" said Lawrence. He called Public Works Supervisor Steve Jones, who responded quickly with a crew that worked to clean up before Kip Evans Day started. Hall said the police department also responded. Lawrence said vandals used a credit card to get past the locks on the restrooms. "It would be nice if we had cameras;' said Mayor Eric Wilson. City attorney Bobby Melton suggested posting a reward for reporting infor- mation leading to an arrest for vandalism. Offer Aug. 6 Forsyth approved a license for beer and wine package sales at the Wel- come Food Mart, 37 South Jackson Street for Narendar for 5th and 6th graders. She will teach programs that align with their cur- riculums in 13 fifth grade classes and 12 sixth grade classes. Monroe County's suc- cessful Shotgun Team will continue in the hands of capable volunteers, with Courmey handling ad- ministration for the team. Its organizational meeting is Tuesday, Sept. 11 from Kaur on Aug. 6. City at- torney Bobby Melton said that everything necessary to complete the application had been done and the ap- plication had been adver- tised as legally required. Melton said that various managers had held licenses for beer and wine package sales at the Welcome Food Mart for a number of years and that he was aware of no problems with the sales at the location. Kaur and the owner of the building, Sohel Batli- wala, were both present at the council meeting. Kaur asked for approval of the application, and no one else spoke at the public hear- ing. Council approved the license, 5-0, with council member Julius Stroud absent. Tammie Pierson, Forsyth Main Street coordina- tor, asked the city to close streets around the square, including Lee Street, John- ston Street, Main Street, Jackson Street, Phelps Street and Adams Street, from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11 to film a video. Council members had parts "in the video, includ- ing filming at the Forsyth Splash Pad on Saturday 6-7:30 p.m. at Monroe County Clubhouse. It is open to students in 7th- 12th grade. She said they are always seeking new volunteers for all programs with the intention of having one coach for every seven 4-H rs. Call 478-994-7014 or come by the office at 90 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive to learn more about other 4-H programs and teams. evening. "This is probably the big- gest project I'll ever do for Forsyth" said Pierson. Mayor Eric Wilson said the video is a lip sync chal- lenge and should showcase great things happening in Forsyth. Gilda Stanber Ex- ecutive Director of Forsyth Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Kerri Swearin- gen, chairman of the CVB board, made the CVB's quarterly report to council. Stanbery said that revenue is up, website traffic is up and visitors to the Welcome Center have increased. She said that the billboard at 1-75 marker 184 that several local bus'messes are sharing is bringing visitors to town; several people from out of town have stopped by the Welcome Center and said that the billboard brought them into Forsyth. Rain has slowed instal- lation of the Wayfinding signs, but Stanbery expects them to be installed next week. There will be an of- tidal unveiling in the falL Working with the A1 Bur- russ Correctional Center has made Forsyth's Vibrant Arts grant go further; "So far Monroe County is very welcoming and supportive, said Court- ne) who started her new position on Aug. 1. "I felt wanted in the schools." She can't get too settled in her new office space, however, because after de- cades in the same location, Monroe County Extension anticipates moving to the remodeled Hubbard Dor- mitory building soon. the city has been able to acquire four pieces of art instead of one and has been able to incorporate mixed media. The CVB is working on the cemetery guide and expects it to be ready for printing, with 26 entries, at the end of the month. The state's latest culinary guide includes a favorite dish from Grits Cafe and ads featuring downtown Forsyth restaurants. New pictures of Whistle Stop Cafe and the Rose Theater are in the Historic Heart- land district publication. Swearingen reported that the CVB has gotten two marketing grants that will match up to $16,000. They involve Atlanta Magazine and Southern Living maga- zine. One of the grants is one of four given across Georgia and includes sending local chefs to the Southern Living offices in Birrningham. Forsyth has been desig- nated a Regional Informa- tion Center for tourism in Georgia, which should increase tourist traffic in Forsyth. A banner and win- dow decal will highlight the designation at the Welcome Center. Stanbery will attend a workshop in Savannah for international travelers and also the Governor's Conference on Tourism. "I want to capitalize on the draws we have and bring in more ' said Stan- bery. 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