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UPCOMING EVENTS IN MONROE COUNTY Calendar items run free of charge as a community service each week as space allows. Mail items for the Community Calendar to Diane Glidewell at news@mymcr.net by 8 a.m. on Monday. Sept. 20-22 See 'Murdered to Death'at 1he Rose Backlot Players will present "Murdered To Death" on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 22 at 2:30'p,m. The play is a hilarious spoof of Ag- atha Christie traditions set Jn a country manor in the 1930's written by Peter Gordon, directed by Elizabeth Hunter and sponsored by Joe & Sara Reed. Tickets are on sale at the- backlotplayers.org and at the box office from 4-7 p.m. and two hours before show time. Sept. 19 Monroe County Senior Centor holds Dance Party Monroe County Senior Center, 515 Hwy. 83 South, Forsyth will host a Dance Party on Thursday, Sept. 19 from 10 a.m.-12 noon featur- ing DJ Terry Baker (of the Forsythia Festival) spinning the hits. Enioy golden oldies from the 1920's to the 1960's. Dress in vintage cloth- ing, brJng a guest and show off dance moves. For more information, call FrJeda White at 478-994-1701. Mbbon Cutting for Yourflome Senior Care Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce will host a Ribbon Cutting for YourHome Senior Care LLC, 105 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr Forsyth on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 10 a.m. Paint Party&Wine Tasting to sup- port Habitat for Humanity There will a Paint Party 8, Wine Tasting to support Monroe Coun- ty Habitat for Humanity on Thursday, Sept. lq at 6 p.m. $50 per person includes wine tasting, appetizers and all paint supplies. Limited to first 50 reservations. Con- tact Christina Barfield at 478-719-9099 or Christina.barfield85@ gmail.com for more information. Bolingreen Health & Rehabilitation has Fall Festival Bolingreen Health & Rehabilitation, 529 Bolingreen Dr Macon will have a Fall Festival on Thursday, Sept. 19 in the parking lot from 5:30-8 p.m. The community is invited to get involved. For more information, call Lolieta Nunnally, Activities Di- rector, at 478-477- 1720. Coliseum Medical has fmeseminar onhippain Coliseum Medical Centers will host a free seminar to discuss the causes and treatment of hip pain, on Thursday, Sept. 19 from 6-7 p.m. in Bldg. C, Suite 120 at Coliseum Medical Cen- ters, 330 Hospital Drive in Macon. The seminar will feature orthopedic surgeon, Dan Grahl, M.D. Registration is required. Call (478) 746-4646 or visit www. cohseumhealthsystem. com. Sept. 21 V'mtnam Veterans of America Tournament The Vietnam Veterans of America Central Georgia Chapter 946 Fundralser Golf See CALENDAR Page 2B ~i~~t~i~t~~1~~1~H~~~~i~ 1B JR orter September 18, 2019 Around Monroe County Forsyth Juliette High Falls Bolingbroke Culloden Smarr I By Diane Glidewell news@mymcr.net Monroe County has been awarded a 2020 $750,000 Community Block Development Grant to renovate the Monroe County Health Department building. The Health Department's Board of Directors and Monroe County commissioners have each committed $75,000 toward the renovations in addition to the CDBG grant. Morris Hutcheson of the Georgia Department of Public Health North Central District, which includes Monroe County, told Monroe Coun- ty Health Department Board of Di- rectors that the grant will be officially presented at the state meeting awards dinner in LaGrange on Oct. 16. He said the funds will be available in late November or early December, and he anticipates it will take about two years to complete the renovations. Hutcheson said the renovation pro- cess will begin with County Manager Jim Hedges, an admires" trator from the Regional Commission and an architect meeting to develop plans, which in turn will be submitted for bids in about early spring. Hutcheson explained that since the county is actually the grant recipient, it will be in charge of disbursing the funds. Hutcheson and Whitney Lovett, Di- rector of Nursing at Monroe County Health Department, will work closely with the architect to make sure the renovations meet the needs of the Members of the Monroe County Health Department Board of Directors and staff are anticipating the improve- ments that will be made to the facility aver the next two years. Pictured, left to right, are Lillian Davis, Eric Wilson, Dr. Mike Hickman, Hugh Cromer, Cathy Jenkins, Whitney Lovett, Dr. Jeremy Goodwin, Gina Smith, Morris Hutcheson, Chris Hewett. Not pictured is board member Larry Evans. Health Department. Hutcheson said estimates on the work have exceeded the $900,000 available, but the actual cost won't be known until bids come in. He said that 13 bids for a new health depart- ment building in Baldwin County were opened last week and were much less than expected. He said the Baldwin County project should be completed under budget. He said the earlier estimates for it were based on costs in Atlanta and it seemed that construction costs outside of the large urban area were less and that costs have edged down a little. Board member Chris Hewitt asked if there might be any issues with asbestos in the building being reno- vated. Board member Hugh Cromer said he thought asbestos issues were taken care ofwhen the building was last renovated in 1994. Cromer asked if plans have been made to relocate the Health Depart- ment and its staff during the renova- tions. Hutcheson said he will work on relocation; he hopes the county will have a building available where the Health Department can temporarily serve the public. He said he hopes one of the buildings near Monroe County Hospital will be av able. The extensive renovations needed at the Monroe County Health Department include: plumbing, electrical, flooring and a need for larger examination rooms among other issues. By D ne Glidewell 4:30 p.m. hardly even gets percent cut effective Oct. 1 news@mymcr.net a phone call. The board for fiscal year 2020 and an agreed to continue theadditional 6 percent cut for Health Department Nurse extended hours through the fiscal year 2021. Hutcheson Manager Whitney Lovett season for flu shots, said he doesn't see a need reported to Monroe County Lovett said she will be for layoffs, but noncriti- Health Board on clinical ac- giving flu shots to students cal positions will not be tivities during its quarterly at Monroe County schools filled. He said the only state meeting Sept. 9, Oct. 7-9 and to schooldepartments exempt from She is working on a plan faculty Oct. 15-16. She will cuts are DOT and commu- to make free condoms give flu shots at GPSTC nity health. available in the Forsyth ho- on Sept. 17 and Oct, 30, at Over the last quarter tels. She also plans to have Gresco on Oct. 4, at Pallet Monroe County Health a condom box available One on Oct. 24 and at Department has partnered outside the Health Depart- Monroe County Hospitalwith GPSTC to give im- ment to distribute condoms Oct. 29, 30 and Nov. 5. munizations, particularly after hours. She said the Flu shots are available for the Hepatitis A vaccine. Health Department can the public at the Health Lover gave immuniza- give condoms to anyone for Department during regular tions at the Georgia Public free. hours. Safety Training Center in Board member Hugh Morris Hutcheson of June, July and August. The Cromer asked how the the district Department of Department gave 158 im- Heath Department's ex- Health told the board Gov. munizations. She said the tended hours, until 7 p.m Brian Kemp's order for all partnership with GPSTC is on Tuesdays, is working, state departments to cut working well. Lovett said that no one is funding will reduce funds Efforts to partner with taking advantage of the for the Monroe County Department of Correc- extended hours. She said Health Department fromtions Headquarters for the staffthat stays after $232,000 to $222,900. He physicals and immuniza- the usual dosing time of said Kemp ordered a 4 tions have not gone as well. Policy set for wells near public water supply By Diane Glidewell news@mymcr.net Monroe County property owners can apply to drill a well even if there is a public water source nearby. Monroe County Board of Health approved a policy for requesting a waiver for a non-public water well. Gina Smith, Environmental Health Director, presented the policy, which she prepared after a request for an individual well in River Forest subdivision was tabled the city water system outside city limits, like River Forest. He said there are some wells in the city that residents use for outside watering. Smith presented a quarterly report for the activities of the Environmental Health office in Monroe County. She noticed that new septic permits are up for July to August over the same time last year, 42 compared to 21. Septic repair permits are down, from 12 to 6, and there were three addition/modifica- tion permits during both years. at the June quarterly board meeting. She Monroe County has 65 permitted food said the June applicant, who wanted to drill . service facilities, 16 permitted hotels and 26 permitted pools/spas. From July to August a well for outside watering, has withdrawn his request. The policy is that property owners may not drill a well where there is access to a public water supply. However, consid- erations will be made in areas of lower" density. The applicant must have at least three acres, be able to maintain a 100-foot radius around the well, meet all setbacks established by the Monroe County Health Code and must submit a drawing of all potential sources of contamination (such as ponds, streams, livestock areas) that can be confirmed by a site visit/evaluation. The ap- plication fee is $50, and Smith said fees for the variance/waiver will be set the next time fees are changed. Forsyth Mayor Eric Wilson said the city has a policy for wells in the city but does not have jurisdiction over areas se ed by Environmental Health conducted 58 pool routine inspections and 41 food routine inspections plus one permitting inspection each for pool and food service. During July and August, new well permits were up from five to 12 over last year; there were 13 wells tested last year and 10 this year with four positive samples returned each year. Environmental Health also inves- tigated various complaints, from mold to bedbugs, and investigated animal bites. Smith reported that the part time clerk at the office left but that Leighanne Mitchell has been hired for the 29 1/2 hour position. School Superintendent Dr. Mike Hickman suggested that students in the work-study program at Mary Persons might be able to fill some of the need for help in the Envi- ronmental Health office. DOC would say it would be sending several cadets for physicals, the Health Department would have a nurse available and only one cadet, or sometimes none at all, would come. Hutcheson said he under- stands that DOC is now delaying physicals and im- munizations for cadets until they go to their assigned prisons instead of having these done while they are in training at DOC head- quarters in Forsyth. He said he will reach out to DOC about taking care of these requirements in Forsyth. Lovett said she would also like to work with the Geor- gia State Patrol to vaccinate their graduates before they go to their stations. Monroe County Health Department partnered with GPSTC and the Prostate Coalition to as- sist with 80 prostate cancer screenings on July 16. She said the department was notified at the end of June that tuberculosis skin tests were in limited supply and to give them only to high-risk individuals. 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