The monthly meeting of the Mayor and
City Council was held before a sparse crowd yesterday afternoon. Council
approved the 2015 alcoholic beverage license renewals. A community development update
was given. The rules were suspended and a fee ordinance amendment setting fees
for 2015 was passed. The 2015 final budget was adopted. The rules were
suspended and an amendment to the Personnel Ordinance related to education
incentives was approved. Again the rules were suspended and an amendment to the
Personnel Ordinance related to the pay plan was adopted. The Americus Times Recorder was appointed the legal
gazette for 2015. A resolution was passed requesting legislation to change the
form of City government for Americus adding the phrase “a 4-year college degree”. There was much discussion
and confusion when it came time to name the Utilities Director. After all the
discussion and rescinding previous motions, Sammy Deason was appointed as
Utilities Director with a 6-month probationary period. Several year-end
appointments were made last night. Alex Saratsiotis was re-appointed to the
Payroll Development Authority. Juanita Wilson, Nema Etheridge, Debra Sykes and
Jackie Bryce were re-appointed to the Americus/Sumter Tourism Council. Claire
Simmerson was re-appointed to the Andersonville Trail. Paul Zak and Lee
Kinnamon were re-appointed to the Excursion Train Authority. Nelson Brown was
re-appointed to the RiverValley Regional Commission. Dr. Shirley Reese was
appointed to the SumterCounty Board of Health. After announcements and
comments the meeting was adjourned.
At yesterday’s City Council meeting, more
information was given about the PublicSafetyBuilding. The estimated completion date is projected
to be in May. There is still extensive work to be done inside. The work on the
Fire Department side is all but complete and they should be able to return to
normal in January. Work on the Police Department side will take a while. A
temporary plan will be put in place once that work gets underway on the police
side of the PublicSafetyBuilding.
day of the big holiday community blood drive. Those with appointments will get
top priority but all walk-ins today will be welcomed. Please have a photo ID
with you whenever you do come to donate blood today. All presenting donors will
be receiving a free T-shirt. Homemade goodies will be available all day today
on the canteen table. The blood drive will last until 6 this evening in the
Fellowship Hall of 1stBaptistChurch at 221
S. Lee Street.
From Thursday’s Americus Police incident reports, a financial
identity fraud case is under further investigation.
Jillian C. Robinson was arrested for
shoplifting at 1456 E. Forsyth Street at Belk’s.
A theft by deception case is being
investigated. Thefts took place at 1917 Rose Avenue and 109-A Waitsman Drive.
A criminal trespass complaint was
made at 810
A burglary and theft was investigated
at apartment 143
130 Lonnie Lane.
A counterfeit bill was turned over
N. MLK Boulevard.
Antwan Derell Green was arrested for
an outstanding warrant at 112 Bozeman Circle last night.
A suspicious vehicle at 299 Railroad Street was reported at this morning.
Sylvia Anthony Ford was arrested at this morning at 1101 Crawford Street and charged with criminal trespass.
3 domestic calls were answered by
officers in the past 24-hour period.
hit-n-run accident occurred at 1103 MLK Boulevard.
The 100-foot tall man-made Christmas
tree will be lit up over Ellaville starting tonight. The tree is made up of
55,000 lights. The tree will be lit up from to through
Christmas. This event is free and features a hayride around the tree. Under the
tree are live scenes from the life of Jesus. Many hours and hands have gone
into the construction of this tree of love representing the real reason for the
SumterCounty Sheriff’s Deputies conducted 6 traffic stops on Thursday. On US 19
south, Margaret I. Simpson was given a speeding ticket. John L. Lightner was
given a speeding ticket on Highway 30 west near Buchanan Road. Warnings were
issued in the other traffic cases. A domestic disturbance was reported at 343 Kings Drive. A bad child complaint was made at 227 Greystone Drive. A suspicious person complaint was made on
US 280 east. Deputies worked 3 deer-related accidents yesterday. Other miscellaneous
calls were answered by Deputies in the past 24-hour period. There were a total
of 27 incidents on Thursday.
Currently housed in the Sumter County
Jail: David Ray Battle for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute;
Flinza Serrell Davis for probation violation; Sylvia Anthony Ford for criminal
trespass; Antwan Derell Green for simple battery; Jillian Cierra Robinson for
probation violation/southwestern probation; and Micah Darann Williams for
possession of marijuana-less than an ounce.