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October 30, 2019 «Mm out: p orter Page 8C K.B. Sutton Elementary Honor Roll K.B. Elementary an- nounces its A and A/B Honor Roll for first 2019-20: Third Grade Mrs. Arnold- A11 A’s: Mrs. Arnold- All A/B: Bailey Borders, Shamari Childs, Dylan Dewberry, Holden Querry, Elizabeth Sherrell, Aubrie Smith, Hayden Smith, Caenan Stewart, Hayden Warner Mrs. Easterling- All A’s: Layne Scoggins Mrs. Easterling— All A/ B: Lacey Kirby, Noah Liggett, Dahlia Madi- son, Elijah Rochester, Kinzley Selph Mrs. Borders- All A’s: Molly Gifford, Camila Gomez-Auceda, William Lober, Samuel Nickel, Serena Price Mrs. Borders- All A/B: Hope Arbogast, Harper Balltzglier, Chloe Girard, Sha’Ryiah Grier, Kaydence Hooks, Caely Howard, Madilyn Hudson, Izabel Marler, Kyler Morgan, Tyrek Russell Mrs. K. Sparks- All A’s: Matelyn Bagwell, Olivia Bagwell, Cristian Stone, Tanner Turnbow Mrs. K. Sparks- All A/B: Charleigh Carter, Easton Cau- sey, Emma Daughtry, Charlotte Easterling, Jordan Howard, Jenna Kare, Dawnnetta Powers, Isiah Pressley, Abagail Ramirez, Skylar Walker, Brayden Watson Fourth Grade Mrs. Akridge- All A’s: Carson Bentley, Aiden Clements, Brayden Hanson, Anna Thompson, Jacob Watson Mrs. Akridge- All A/ B: Kayden Hollar, Lisa Lundy, John Daniel Wilson drett Mrs. G. Watkins- All A/ B: Brandon Brown II, Christopher Corley, Dalton Fisher, Dakotah Gilvin, Brayden Hart, Peyton Hooks, Ricky Miller, Lisa Mobley, Breanna Salazar, Cayden Wooten Mrs. Tucker-v All A’s: Georgia Griflin Mrs. Tucker- All A/ B: Alexis Allen, Ella Every, Jayce Maurice, Lillie Quick, Landon Sapp Mrs. C. Watkins- All A’s: Lucy Rankin Mrs. C. Watkins- All A/B: Tra- veona Brown, Daisia Childress, Bryson Daniel, Brooklyn Querry, Morris, Justice Watkins, Hadley Mrs. G. Watkins- All A’s: Christopher Andrews Jr., Allyssa Decker, Bentley Medley, Camryn Miller, Isha Patel, Cassidy Scan- Ethan Schultz Mrs. Phillips— All A’s: Hayden Bain, Autym Hudson, Ella Kem— per, Madison Ogletree, Braden Rooks, Larayah Shannon Mrs. Phillips- All A/ B: Weston Bain, Lucas Buice, Mia Diaz, Brayton Foster, Isabella Futch, Aaron Hallman, Madaline Harnist, Alexander Licona, Martin Sanchez, Mason Stephens, Daisy Walker, Dakota Walker, Willow Yockman Fifth Grade Mrs. Carr- All A’s: Hess Balltzglier, Taylor Bass-Gainey Mrs. Carr- All A/B: Savana Bostick, Faith Hulsey, Anzleigh Pruiett, Daniel Taylor,‘Joseph Thompson, Havoc Crenshaw Mrs. Collier- All A’s: Annakate Arnold, Ryan Bertram, Andrew Snow, Evelyn Watson Mrs. Collier— All A/B: Natalie Claxton, Keith Katelyn, Trenton Madison, Caden Price , Mrs. Lewis- All A’s: Cayden Decker, Chandler Doster, Howard _ Johnson, Tyler Johnson, Taylor McKinnon Mrs. Lewis- All A/B: Emily Aus- tin, Abigail Buice, Wylan Com- ing, Nadaleigh Henson, Isabelle Hickman, Taelyn James, Quincy Moore, Noah Reynolds, Carson , Heather Shepard, Sidney Turnbow Ms. Turpin- All A’s: Colton Ballard, Jayden Castlin, Abigail Richardson, Kylee Sanders Ms. Turpin- All A/ B: Riley Bartlett, Cole Black, Kenna Carr, Leland Dunninger, Lindsey Ellis, Destiny Hudson, Abbie Single- tary, Daniel Walton, Riley Wilson City of Forsyth thanks its employees By Diane Glidewell news@mymcr.net Forsyth held an Em- ployee Appreciation Luncheon on Friday, Oct. 25 to thank city employees for their service. About 45 employees of the city’s fire, police, public works, electric, year. They were Police Chief Eddie Harris, Police Investigator Lt. Alexan- der Daniels, Police Major George Foster and Public Works Supervisor Steve Jones. Celebrating 25 years with Forsyth were Fire Department employ- ees Brandon Walker and five-year milestones this year were Michael Batch- elor, Eugene Butler, Ter- rance Thomas, Matthew Walker, Daniel Fillmore and Chris Andrews. “Thank you for all you do for the city each and every day,” said Mayor Eric Wilson. officer last week. Prizes went to the youngest employee present at the luncheon, Michael Cobb of the Fire Department, who is 22, and to the old- est employee present, Geri Proctor, who is “over 70.” City manager Janice Hall gave a gift to Fire garage and admin— .... . . istrative . Offices Pictured, lett to right, Investigator Alexander Daniels, Chief enjoyed Eddie Harris, Mayor Eric Wilson :artréerzld prize and for a half-day this a betterhplace to work. by Geor_ . . off from work. There. We are making strides, but gia Bob’s Matthew Walker Tommy Alford Michael lucear Steve Jones Michael Batehelor were draw1ngs for prizes we strlllhave work to do, BBQ, donated for the luncheon said Wilson. At our last recognition for years of Davis Norris. Tommy Al- There was a special gift Chief David Herndon that mdUded Pyrex bOWls’ counat retreat, 0}“? 0f the services and some special ford was recognized for 20 for the employee with the in appreciation for all of “flee Qups’ a carry bag, goals We set was IumV' prizes. years, and Michael Lucear longest tenure at the city, the time he spent at the vase, ereless hef‘dphonesi mg timPlOYee benefits and The city celebrated four has worked for Forsyth for Steve Butler, with 36 years, Splash Pad this summer reflecu‘fe hydrant?“ belt makmgfhls a better Place employees who reached 15 years. and for the newest em- above and beyond his as- amt vanous exerase'relat' to work- their 35—year milestone of Others who received ployee, Marc Merriman, signed duties. There was “1 Items- . working for the city this certificates for reaching who was hired as a police a drawing for a $60 cash we are Stnvmg to make Pictured with The Forsyth-Monroe 1.975 citations, with 1,038 2019 Law County Exchange Club in Monroe County. He Enforcement named Trooper first Class has also issued 337 warn- Officer of the Michael Brock as its 2019 ings and investigated 77 Year Michael Law Enforcement Officer crashes. Brock are, left of the Year. TFC Brock TFC Brock is respon- to right, Cadet #540 has been a trooper sible for arresting and Jared Marvin, since June 1, 2012. His removing 105 DUI drivers Trooper Joshua patrol area is Bibb, Lamar off the roadways dur- Statt, Corporal and Monroe Counties. ing this period. He is Billy Schwalo, TFC Brock has a pas- dedicated to the safety of SFC Brad Walker, sion for promoting public the motoring public in TFC2 Micheal safety by enforcing traffic Georgia and the people Brock, S/Tpr. Na- laws. He has stopped of Monroe County. The than Truitt, S/Tpr. 2,089 vehicles while Exchange Club thanks Eddie Moskaly. patrolling. He has issued him for his service. Forsyth mulls another employee pay raise for 2020 By Diane GIidewoll news©mymcmet City manager Janice Hall presented a preliminary 2020 Forsyth budget for council in a work session on Oct. 21. The prelimi- nary budget of $6.6 million doesn’t include $15,000 re- quested by Monroe County Boys 8r Girls Club, which council approved at its meeting later that evening, or $186,877 to cover a 5 percent salary increase for city employees and taxes associated with the raise. Hall said Middle Georgia Regional Commission is working on a pay scale for the city, and raises may be adjusted as the pay plan is put into effect. She said the city will have to look at individual employees as it brings some up to different levels to fit on the new pay scale while not cutting sala- ries of any active employees. Forsyth gave a 5 percent raise to all employees last year. “I feel strongly we should get to a structure,” said council member Mike l Dodd. Mayor Eric Wilson said the pay scale will let employees know how to get to where they want to go. Hall said the city charter requires that changes be presented nine days before they go into effect. She said she will meet with the Regional Commission again. She said it will take a little over $300,000 to do a combination of raises to get all city employees to where they fit on the pay plan. She said some employees look as if they would decrease in pay because they have been in the same job for a num- ber of years, but the city will not lower anyone’s pay. Hall said a new SPLOST cycle will start in January 2020. The city will look at projects to finish off any funds left from the 2014 SPLOST, bond the 2020 SPLOST for water, sewer and public safety projects and then look at any funds left for road improvements. The proposed general fund budget shows revenue of $3.48 million from prop- erty tax, motor vehicle tax, franchise fees, Local Option Sales Tax, charges for ser- vices, fines & forfeitures, the Hotel/Motel tax and other financing sources. The budget includes $17,000 to cover the city’s 15 percent of the new joint election board. The budget includes $13,457 for the mayor’s sal- ary and benefits. The total cost for council’s benefits in the budget is $280,401. Hall said she added the cost of bailiffs’ salaries to . court expenses since bailiffs are required with municipal court meeting at the law enforcement complex. She said she includes four employees in the budget for the cemetery department, but the city doesn’ t usually have four full-time em- ployees in the department year-round. The fire department bud- get is $1,071,124, up from $888,326 in 2018. Total expenses for 2019 aren’t available since the year, and expenditures, are on—going. The projected 2020 budget includes 12 firefighters to fill four shifts, as well as the chief, deputy chief and an administrative employee. t The police department ex- penses for the preliminary 2020 budget are $1,693,674, up from $1,330,749 in 2018. Hall said that includes $250,000 to cover the salary increase council approved for police oflicers. Hall said the salary in- crease seems to be helping recruit more officers; three have been sworn in over the last week The preliminary 2020 budget increases Recreation Department expenses to $103,825, from $54,320 in 2018. Hall said the increase covers salary and benefits for the new facility mainte- nance position and the cost of maintaining the splash pad. It includes $10,000 for the city’s summer clinics/ camps for children. The economic develop— ment/ Main Street budget for 2020 is $281,028, up from $167,483 in 2018. Hall said she added salary and benefits for another person in the department so that she can spread out the jobs and responsibilities over three people instead of two. She said she included money to re-do floors in the Welcome Center and kept $15,000 for facade grants in the Main Street budget as council approved raising it from $10,000 this year because of the in— creased applications for the matching grants. Hall said the Forsyth Convention 8r Visitors Bureau budget is virtually the same as 2019. She said she budgeted for 12 em- ployees in the Public Works Department and budgeted for the 30 percent portion of paving roads under the state’s Local Maintenance 8r Improvement Grant (LMIG) that Forsyth will pay. Expenses for Public Works are $1,115,194, up from $892,049 in 2018. The preliminary 2020 budget for the Garage Department is $222,207, up from $190,384 in 2018. Hall said she included money to buy a storage container. The capital outlay department in the budget has $36,000 to buy zero turn mowers for the cemetery and public works and air bags for the fire department. There l is $138,820 under “debt service” to make the annual payment of $60,000 on the ladder truck as well as the $23,395 payment on the boom tractor, the $22,452 annual payment on the public safety complex and payments on two copiers. Hall said a little decrease in revenues from the elec- tric department is expected because of an increase in charges for services. Water revenues should increase because of the annual 3 percent increase in charges to customers each Octo- ber, even though expenses have increased. Hall said expenses for the sewer sys— tem should decrease'about $70,000 because the city has changed from using Captor to a different system. Utility revenues in the preliminary 2020 budget are $10.2 million for elec- tric, $2.4 million for water and $1.2 million for sewer. 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