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Page 2C Reporter October 2, 2019 20 years of caringfor those who need caring the most‘ By Diane Glidowell news©mymcmet TREK Foster Care opened its Forsyth office in 2014 andhas been serving foster children in Middle Geor- gia who need therapeutic care since then. TREK (Therapeutic Resources and Environments for Kids) is a part of Lookout Mountain Community Services. It has just celebrated its 20th anniversary of becoming a licensed agency. Lookout Mountain Com- munity Services (LMCS) . began in 1965. It is based in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. and provides mental health, substance abuse and developmental disabilities services. It formed TREK in 1998 to serve foster children; TREK has offices in Athens, Cartersville, La- fayette and Forsyth, as well as Fort Oglethorpe, and serves children throughout Georgia. Sharon Garrett is the site director of the Forsyth office at 44 North Harris Street. Sherrie Turner is the recruiting and training no specialist in Forsyth, and the case manager is Rosalyn Arline. Garrett said all of them have educational de- grees that help them assist Middle Georgia children with therapeutic needs and their foster parents. The Forsyth office coordi- nates with Georgia Depart- ment of Family 8! Children Services (DECS) to provide appropriate foster care for Georgia’s Region 6. Garrett said children are referred to TREK by DFCS. TREK is a non-profit; funds for the children’s needs come from DFCS. Children placed in foster care by TREK have suffered multiple traumas. However, since sibling groups are placed together and placement is made ' according to the child with the greatest need, all of the children in TREK foster care do not have multiple traumas. Children with traumas include those who have been sexually abused, greatly neglected and greatly physically abused, for example. Many of them have reaction attachment Pictured, left to right, are Rosalyn Arline, Sherrie Turner and Sharon Garrett, the team at the Forsyth office of TREK Foster Care. disorder, meaning that they don’t bond with other people and don’t develop the trust that helps them be compliant with rules and regulations. A 10—year—old may appear not to be potty iMilltiiiiiétttttiiilitiiiiiiliifiiiiiliiliiiitli31mElliiitiitiiiitilt;{miliiiiiiiiiititiéiiiiiilEEiltiitéiitlililtfii iitiiitttfiliiititiiZfiiii(iiit2mmliittltiiifiltiétii .1989 . The Collier Homemakers Club, in existence hard? votes to. thong: its name to Monroe Hornemakers Clubvio . broaden the scope of the ,9, duh to . whale coii'mty. \ The State Farm office at 80 Guthrie“ 911536 is staffed by . lsabdiowalcirep, ‘Lyndai’itts, become Georgias Chief Justice, the. highest ranking judicial officer in the state. Flu shots are availabie at Meme County Health De- the ass} is $3. A settlemth sees Georgie PM: eating more that $30, miition in thestatewiil bring 51.9 mith County, E‘to'the School 58896 f . to the scboot bond retirement. brass Shereko‘ Smith. 27, of Monroe County is shot and kitted as she images . stash and othlsfic ‘ attire new Mt. Zion High School in Clayton Carolyn. over the fast month. Southern comedian and bluegrass picker Joey Han- wtti be at the Juliette House on Saturday night. A New Mexican Restaurant, the River Shack Grill, is coming foslv‘ligh Fails Road. next to the Tomliga River Bridge and the Falls View store. I l , j ( Langford, niece 3. Sut- ton. her 100th birthday; Truett Jr. is named the new chiet registrar in charge at County's gating poll; Monroe County Health Dept. amounces there have been. three-confirmed cases of rabies in Monroe County so tar this two ra'c- . its 18$li "infidelakeattheMonroe line. Hummity house; ' Davis is the new Rif'sselfviile Wits? Chmh Witt present a lustorical swore-tive: l ' drum in of the church’s 350th Dr: Qt) Atkinson gives Hab~ that V, manity a house and lot on Circle Street that is next to three lots on the x street where Habitat plans to build isms. Biii of Forsyth is named lathe Cot- iege Foundation. The Sacklot Player sure dedicating the presenta- tion of “Our 70mm" to the memory of Karl Hitt. Farmer Mary Persons stand- out Tm Battle signs with the Cleveland Browns. Mary Persons honors leg- endary coach Dan Fins in a pregame ceremony attire stadium named in his honor 50 years after he made his debut as the Buitclogss coach. ’ "Forsyth mourns Jeff Watt. ' 5W ” . ‘g Chiaafter hediesof oranges. 2&9 . . new: page seek the pub— apparent carbon moncadde 6n ’i tAtl'tMot v swordsman” “mung? “M °' Boatdof Education votes to so? the 2009 miliage at 13.7, an increase cat/.6. mitts. xiii. Daniel of Fame. has cuStom goti cart to maneuver around Hiil, a freshman, was paralyzed in a yehtcle almost a year ago. * mme. County memorial Chapel 1!?!"- ‘We set the Standards -. that others follow‘ ,Harley Ray “Spaniel” Beck: (he. ' “was?” rest o Forsyth trained, causing problems at school and in transit to appointments. “Monroe County Schools have been excellent in working with our children, giving them extra atten- tion,” said Garrett. “We have enrolled kids with no educational background at all. [Monroe County Schools Special Education Director] Ienny Rooks has been excellent.” She said the Monroe County Boys and Girls Club and the Anchor of Hope Autism Center have been good resources for children in TREK foster care. They have helped fill in some of the gaps since the Hephzibah Children’s Home in Macon closed: it had provided psychological and therapy services. Garrett said that TREK has never had a child from Monroe County, but it does have foster homes in Monroe County who are caring for children from a 100-mile radius. There are presently 21 children from Middle Georgia in TREK foster homes. She said this number is lower than it has been in the past because of changing state laws. New laws are emphasizing plac— ing children in the homes ‘ of relatives rather than placing them with unre- lated foster parents and are . changing the ways medical ; diagnosis and behavioral ‘ issues of foster children _ are handled It has become easier for kindred foster parents to get funding for therapeutic services, and it has become harder for individuals to get certified as foster parents. Foster parents are now subject to random drug tests. All other children in the home I must be immunized “We never have enough foster homes,” said Garrett. She said there are 13 TREK foster homes in Re- gion 6 now. Some of them have been foster homes since 2014. It now takes 15 weeks of training to become a foster parent. The children may be anywhere from three days old to 18, but the average age is 5-8. , Garrett said that individu— als who have had exposure to foster care in their own lives seem to do best as foster parents, but there is no standard profile for a good foster family She said TREK has an over 60-year- old single man who took in three children under seven a year ago and has been a successful foster parent. She said one 71-year-old foster mother commented See FOSTER Page 5C 2 City OKs 90-foot signs for new Zaxby’s, BP statio at H By Diane Glidewell news@mymcr.net . Forsyth Planning 8r Zon- ing Commission approved variances for the freestand- ing sign at the new Zaxby’s Restaurant on Monday, Sept 23 with minimal discus- sion. The tall sign at Zaxby’s, . which is projected to be serving customers before the end of the year, will tower over the restaurant at 321 Cabiness Road so that travelers going either north or south on I—75 will have time to see it and take Exit 187 for a meal. Zaxby’s owner Steve Stem— bridge, who lives in Monroe County, attended the Plan— ning 8: Zoning meeting to answer any questions about the variance request Forsyth ordinances limit the height of signs to 60 feet, but this sign is planned for 90 feet City ordinances also limit the square footage of signs to 336 square feet; the variance asked for 444 square feet. The application says the additional height “is needed so interstate travelers from both the north and south will know that the business- es are infact onthisexit” The larger area is needed so that both Zaxby’s and BP gas signs can be included on the pole. “The extra height is needed to get over the trees so southbound travelers can see the sign and decide to get off at the exit to get food or gas. We feel that having a higher sign will yield more business for both business (sic),” read the application. Stembridge told Planning 8: Zoning the extra height is needed because the place wherethesignwillbeisina dip in the land He said the sign will cost about $70,000, with BP and Zaxby’s sharing the cost He said the con- tractor responsible for the sign has years of experience doing similar signs and it will beengineered properly Work is under way on the new Forsyth Zaxby's. for stability. He said there is an identical sign at the I-75 exit at Byron. In other Forsyth & Z news: - Tammie Pierson, Forsyth director of economic devel- opment and the city’s liaison to Planning & Zoning, said that when P&Z board member Iennifer Taylor was sent a reminder of the Sept. 23 meeting, she responded that she is resigning from the board. Pierson said that Taylor’s term on the board ends Dec. 31. Cason Ogle- tree’s term also ends Dec. 31; he said that he would like to be re-appointed for another term. City Manager Janice Hall brought responses to Planning 8: Zoning about changes it would like to make to city ordinances governing the Planning & Zoning Commission. It would like to expand eligi- bility to serve on the board to include Forsyth taxpayers or business owners who live in Monroe County outside the city Currently an individual must live in the city limits to serve on Planning 8: Zoning; current members would like to ex— pand the pool of individuals who could serve. The commission had also asked for a procedure to remove members who miss too many regular meetings. Planning & Zoning Chair Martin Presley suggested that if a member misses two consecutive meetings without providing a reason- able excuse, there should be a phone call to the member. Member Steve Coleman suggested that missing three out of the 12 monthly meet— . ings scheduled for the year, if two of them are consecu- tive and unexcused, should result in removal of the indi— ‘ vidual from the commission. 1 Other members of the board ‘ who were present, Ogletree, Hal Clarke and Ainsley Hall, ' were in agreement. Hall said ‘ that missing three meet— ings, even if not consecutive, should be enough for action. After a motion from the commission, Janice Hall said she will present the changes to council and will include adding to the city ordinance that Forsyth Planning & Zoning serves as the city’s Design & Review Board and . adding that the city’s zoning oflicer (Pierson) will serve as advisor to the commission. Hall said it will be easiest to make all the changes at once. City Attorney Bobby Melton advised to add the word “unexcused” to the three absences meriting dismissal from the com— missiOn. He clarified that the changes would not be retroactive. Hall advised that the commission wait until after i the changes are approved before nominating someone to replace Taylor. However, she asked that the commis- sion have a suggestion for her to present to council by November or December. Planning 8r Zoning meets on the fourth Monday of each month at pm. at Alderman Hall