There was much talk and discussion at
last evening’s monthly City Council meeting. The first 54-minutes were swearing
in, presentations and citizens addressing the Mayor and Council. Then 2 public
hearings were held for an annexation request and an entertainment overlay
district. It was roughly 1-hour and 15-minutes before the first agenda item was
voted on. Council approved a catering license for Kat R. Mournighan. Council
then suspended the rules and annexed property at 139 Parkers Mill Road into the City with a zoning of R-1.
Council again suspended the rules and after much discussion, passed the
entertainment overlay district ordinance. Arista Information Systems was
awarded the bid for utility bill printing for the City. Staff was given the
go-ahead for a request for proposals for an interactive voice response system.
The bid of $496,375.02 was awarded for street and storm drainage for East Avenue improvements. A contract for purchase and
demolition of property at 327 S. Jackson Street was approved. Much discussion then
followed before the Downtown Streetscape Project was approved. Fred McLaughlin
and Robert Harvey were reappointed to the Hospital Authority. Ricky Arnold and
Dwight Chavis were reappointed to the Housing Authority. After announcements
and comments the lengthy meeting was adjourned just before .
From Cortisa Barthell, Clerk of Superior
& State Court: SumterCountyTraverse jurors who have been summoned for Monday July 24th at are NOT to report for jury duty at all.
All scheduled cases have either been resolved or continued. If you have
questions or concerns, feel free to call the Clerk’s Office at 229-928-4537.
School bells will be ringing soon for
students in the Sumter County Schools system. Teachers will begin pre-planning
on Monday July 24th and then system-wide open houses will be held on
Thursday July 27th. Pre-K through 6th grades will have
open house from 5 to 7pm. Also, FurlowCharterSchool’s open house will be on Thursday. Grades 7-12 will have their
open house from to . The first day of school for students in
the SumterCountySchool system is on Monday July 31st.
Drivers have noticed gas prices slowly starting to climb locally. Some
were still in the upper $1.80s early yesterday but others have jumped at the
pump as much as 8-cents over the last few days. Several factors have caused the
increase. Refineries are running on all cylinders which have cut into excess
crude stocks. That alone helped push oil prices higher last week which has
fueled the pump increase. Plus, it’s now the summer and vacation season is here
and that means more of a demand for gas. Analysts are saying Georgia drivers will still see relatively low
prices for the remainder of the summer.
It’s been said on more than one occasion that the weather has a bearing
on the crime rate or on any particular day. As hot as it was yesterday, Americus Police had an extremely quiet day and
night. A theft by deception is currently being investigated at 1700 E. Lamar Street. 2 autos were entered around town and both
were in the cooler nighttime hours. An auto was entered at 209-C Murphy Mill Road. Then around 3 this morning, 2 autos were
entered at 207
Patton Drive. Items were taken at each location. There were as many accidents
yesterday as there were actual incidents. 3 accidents around town were worked
by APD with no reported injuries. There was 1
miscellaneous call also answered by officers on a quiet Thursday.
Americus Police will have a Back-to-School cookout
at Eastview Apartments starting at 1 this afternoon. Officers will be cooking
and providing burgers as well as providing school supplies to kids after 1 this
afternoon at the Eastview Apartments.
Speaking of the heat, another hot day is on
tap. Some forecasters have a high of 97-degrees predicted for today.
Unofficially, we had 99-degrees as our high yesterday afternoon around . More moisture from the Gulf is
anticipated to arrive for the weekend which gives us a better chance of more
widespread rain that could drop the temperatures and heat index back to more
seasonal values. The heat index today could exceed 105 this afternoon before
dropping below 100 for the weekend. It will be hot so take precautions if you
must be outside for any extended time today.
SumterCounty Sheriff’s Deputies were busy with 12 traffic stops yesterday and early
this morning. At a stop on US 280 and Felder, Ramirez C. Fuller was cited for
defective tires and a turn signal violation. Following a traffic stop on Georgia Highway 195, Olin S. Ray was charged with
speeding. After a stop at the intersection of Highway 45S and Highway 308, John
C. Adams was cited for a seat belt violation. A traffic stop was conducted this
morning at MuckaleeCreekPark and Steven T. Avery was cited for a safety
belt violation. Harassing phone calls were reported for investigation. A civil
complaint was made at 566 Holmon Road. A suspicious vehicle was spotted on N. Freeman Avenue. A suspicious person complaint was made at
Andersonville Road. Deputies worked 3 accidents yesterday, turning 1 over to Trooper
Willingham of the GeorgiaState Patrol.
In the SumterCountyJail today are: Allandoe Cortez Coe, Sammie Charles Roberts and Timothy Dale
Turner—all holding for USMS. 1 bonded out of jail yesterday.