September 19th, 2014
The monthly meeting of the Mayor and
City Council was held in the Lecture Hall of the Nursing Building yesterday
while work continues on the Public Safety Building. After approving the consent
agenda the committee reports were heard. A community development update was
given. The second reading of the 2014 millage rate was heard and passed,
keeping the same 10.32 mills. A bank account for 2014 CDBG funds was authorized.
Another bank account for 2014 CDBG matching funds was also authorized. To meet EPD compliance, Rowe Drilling Company was
awarded the bid to cap off well 2 & 5 for $45,480. Council suspended the
rules an adopted a weapons in the workplace policy. Council suspended the rules
and approved a personnel ordinance amendment. A motion was made to table the
amendment concerning speaking at public meetings. After a second there was much
discussion before the motion was defeated. City attorney Jimmy Skipper then went
over the revised ordinance and summarized. This was a first reading last
evening. Council passed the derelict and blighted property ordinance as
amended. Bill Krenson was appointed to the Americus Housing Authority. Matt
Morgan, Bill Harris Jr., Divya Patel and Charles Crisp were all re-appointed to
the Downtown Development Authority. 3 Council members addressed the crowd and
told them their reasons for their votes on the public speaking issue before
them and to please continue to come to the meetings. 3 citizens addressed the
Council and then meeting was then adjourned.
It’s a full day of activities for the
POW/MIA Recognition events. From the Andersonville National Cemetery this
morning to the GSW Storm Dome this afternoon and evening, there are ceremonies
for the public to attend. The weekend activities will conclude tomorrow on the
GSW campus with a National POW/MIA Recognition ceremony in the GSW Storm Dome
at 11:30. The public is invited and encouraged to attend these events
associated with “The Ride Home” 2014.
football in the area tonight has 2 area teams on the road and 2 area teams at
home. Playing on the road are Southland Academy at Terrell Academy in Dawson
and Schley County at Taylor County in Butler. Playing at home tonight are Marion
County hosting Columbus High and Americus-Sumter hosting Albany High for
homecoming. All games tonight kick-off at 7:30. The weather-shortened game last
Friday between Americus-Sumter and Thomas County Central will be finished this
Thursday September 25th at 7pm. The game will resume with the 3rd
quarter kick-off. Word out of Thomasville says that admission will be free for
the game this coming Thursday.
From Thursday’s Americus Police
incident reports there were several arrests made. Ulysses Green was arrested at
1402 MLK Boulevard and charged with shoplifting,
obstruction and had several outstanding warrants. He was taken to the LEC.
Terroristic threats were made at 1M
110 Knollwood Drive.
A hit-n-run accident investigation at
Lot 16 840 Railroad Street led to an arrest. Tommy Lee Jackson III was arrested for DUI and colliding with an
A loitering complaint was made in the
vicinity of 120 N. Lee Street last night.
Following a traffic stop at 2:14 this
morning on W. Church Street, 5 arrests were made. Christen Alexis Jackson,
Courtney Nicole Minix, Kathryn Elizabeth Myers, William Charles Allen Gleeson
and Mitchell Adams Easom were all arrested for underage consumption. The
driver, Sara Katherine Wilson was cited for headlight requirements.
There were only a few miscellaneous
calls answered by officers yesterday.
brief update on the progress of the Public Safety Building renovations was
given lat the City Council meeting yesterday. The new foundation has been
poured in the rear of the building. The Fire Department side is currently being
renovated along with the public rest rooms. You will now notice that No Parking
signs have been erected in the main parking lot so do pay attention!
Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies worked a total of 30 incidents on Thursday and 14
of those were for traffic stops. Trista O. Shelton was issued a traffic
citation for speeding on the Bumphead Road near Learning
D. Conyers was cited for window tint violation. Steven J. Brandon was cited for
seat belt violation for 18 YOA or older. Karl F. Edmonds was issued a citation
for speeding and child restraints. Katina L. Sloan was issued a speeding
citation on the Bumphead Road near Learning
A. Bozeman was issued a speeding citation. Chuck T. Cherry was issued a
speeding citation. Victor M. Spavovsky was given a speeding citation. Brandon M.
Ward was given a speeding citation.
Deputies responded to a fight on the SGTC Parkway. Deputies answered 2 domestic-related
calls yesterday. A theft of lost or mislaid property was reported. A suspicious
person complaint was made near US 49 at the SGTC parkway.
Currently housed in the Sumter County Jail: Caleb Day for obstruction; Tyler Tavarus Felton for battery; Ulysses
Green for 3-counts of shoplifting/obstruction; Michael Wendell Harvey for
sentence; and Robert Earl Williams for battery (DVA).
A prominent Macon County Farmer and a
Marshallville city councilwoman were killed in a head-on collision Thursday afternoon
Thursday afternoon on US 49 in Macon County. Farmer William Lee Brown, 74 of
Montezuma, who owned Brown’s Market, was headed north past Winchester Road when
he crossed the center line in a curve according to a news release from the
GSP-Perry Post. Brown’s 2013 Toyota
Tundra struck a 200 Lincoln Town Car driven by 65-year old Delores Felder
of Marshallville, currently serving on the city council. The GSP-Post in Perry
is investigating the accident that killed both of the drivers.