The monthly meeting of the Mayor and
City Council was a little different yesterday. The actual voting and discussion
of agenda items lasted probably 15-minutes. It was the people that addressed the
Council concerning the Walk of Fame that lasted over an hour. 4 members of the
5-member Walk of Fame committee addressed the Council concerning the recent
developments stemming from the selection of the newest members to be included
on the Walk of Fame downtown. In brief, 22 nominations were made with the
committee agreeing on 4 names unanimously. The 5th selection came
down to a tie between 2 people and the committee sent those unanimous names and
the 2 ties to the Mayor and Council who in turn sent the 2 names tied back to
committee to break the tie. The 5-member Walk of Fame committee, with only 4 in
attendance, could not break the tie and this went back and forth for several
meetings it seemed. Finally, it turned out that the Walk of Fame committee had
not advertised their meeting as required under the Open Meetings laws so
anything that the committee had done would be null and void. This was the
agreement finally decided upon after all the talking was finished that the
committee would start all over and make sure the meetings were advertised.
Moving to the agenda items, a Transportation Enhancement Memorandum of
Understanding for the US 19 corridor was approved. Alcoholic beverage and catering licenses for
JJ’s Wings and Things was approved for the sale of liquor on premise was
passed. An alcoholic beverage license for Bittersweet Bookstore for the sale of
beer and wine on premise was passed. The Finance Director was authorized to
sell off surplus property. Council agreed for the Chamber of Commerce to use RylanderPark for Sumter on Ice. The meeting then moved to
executive session to discuss pending litigation.
Chief Ranger Brent McCarty is reminding all
citizens of the burn ban that’s now in effect. No burn permits are being issued
due to the extreme dry conditions. With the expected highs winds today and the
breezy weekend conditions, this would be catastrophic if a wildfire got out of
hand because of someone burning leaves or flipping a cigarette out of a
vehicle. You cannot burn anything inside the City Limits due to a City
Ordinance and now there is no outdoor burning either.
The SumterCountyBOE will hold a called meeting on Monday October 24th starting
at in the boardroom of the SCSAdministrationBuilding. The purpose of the meeting is to conduct
an interview with Parrish Construction Management Team and then go into
executive session for the purpose of discussing land acquisition. The public is
welcome to attend.
school football tonight has 2 area teams hosting homecoming opponents. The
Panthers host Hardaway and the Wildcats host CrawfordCounty. The games will kick-off at . At halftime, the homecoming court will be announced. MarionCounty is off this week and Southland finished the regular season last week.
Today is the community blood drive in
the Fellowship Hall at FirstBaptistChurch on S.
until 6 this evening. Those that made appointments will get top priority but
any walk-in will be welcomed.
is the day to pick-up your BBQ Chicken Plate at Fire Station#1 at 119 S. Lee Street, a fundraising event for the AFES. All
proceeds will benefit Fire Safety Education and Honor Guard. See any Americus firefighter or call 924-3213 for any last
minute ticket. The cost is $7 a plate.
Americus Police had 7 unlocked vehicles entered
around town yesterday. These locations were 103 Lakewood Street where 3
unlocked autos were entered; 795-B Hawkins Street; 801-C Hawkins Street; 795-A
Hawkins Street; and at 329 W. Lamar Street.
A felony theft occurred at 1536 MLK Boulevard.
A juvenile problem was reported at
A suspicious person complaint was
made on Douglas
At this morning on Mary Blount Drive, a traffic stop led to the arrest of Charles E. Harris Jr. for driving
on a suspended license, driving with suspended registration and no proof of
A criminal trespass complaint was
filed with police at 1848-K S. Lee Street.
worked 1 accident yesterday with no reported injuries.
SumterCounty Sheriff’s Deputies went to a damage to property incident at 199 Jenkins Road. A suspicious vehicle complaint was made
in the Reeves Landing area. Responding to a domestic situation at 119 Easy Street, Eugene Lawson was arrested for aggravated assault and battery (DVA). Deputies were dispatched to the area of
US 19 north at Patton Drive where the roadway was blocked. A stalking incident was reported for
investigation. Deputies conducted 4 traffic stops yesterday. Following a
traffic stop on US 49 north at Toad Road, Maraquivious D. Hosley was charged with
Arrested and housed in the SumterCounty Jail today are: Connelton Zimbulus Davis for child support; and Eugene
Lawson for felony aggravated assault and battery (DVA). 1 was back in Jail for Court.