The SumterCounty Board of Commissioners meeting started out last night
hearing the recommendations from the Farmers Irrigation Committee. Gil Pace
addressed the Commissioners and offered education as opposed to ordinances;
signage stating Ag irrigation ahead-water on the road-drive with care type of
signs warning drivers approaching irrigation; and retrofit the end guns as soon
as possible and as time allows. The Board accepted these recommendations. A
lease agreement between the BOC and Gold Star EMS at 1607 N. MLK Boulevard was passed. Ginger Starlin was reappointed to the Americus-SumterCountyHospital Authority. Approval was given for: scoreboard sponsorship
for the Parks and Recreation Department; the FY 2015-16 budget/millage setting
calendar; the bid package for the TSPLOST/LMIG paving projects; an inmate work
detail at the Andersonville National Historic Site; a Sumter CI van using funds
from the CI’s budgetary reserves; vehicles for several departments—Code
Enforcement/ Public Works/ Buildings and Grounds/ Magistrate/ and EMA; and budget amendments were then approved. After a few announcements
the meeting moved to closed session for a legal matter.
One citizen spoke to the Commissioners concerning the
weather sirens and the EF1 tornado that struck a portion of the Hooks Mill Road on Sunday. She was concerned about the area not being
notified and some discussion was then presented to her and those present. You
can still sign up to get weather alerts on your phone or computer by going to
the SumterCounty website. The National Weather Service alerts when a
WARNING has been issued for a specific area and then the weather sirens will
sound. It was also pointed out once again that these are mainly for outdoor
use; you may hear them if you’re nearby but these are mainly to alert those
outside to seek shelter. Roughly 1300 had signed up for this weather alert
service initially but you can still do so.
The Childhood Obesity
Prevention Program meets tonight from to at the Rec Department at 408 Rucker Street. This is the last opportunity to sign up for this program.
The program moves forward with those that are signed up through tonight. Both
parent AND children must be present for monthly meetings to receive
education, monitoring and the $20 voucher for the fruits and vegetables. For
more information call Jamie Crozier at 229-273-8881 ext. 11.
From Wednesday’s Americus Police incident reports, an auto was entered at 501-A West Forsyth Street.
Officers went to a domestic situation at 209 140 Lonnie Lane.
Following an altercation at 903 Ridge Street, Amy Deriso was arrested for disorderly conduct.
A runaway juvenile complaint was filed at 102 Mill Creek Road.
A theft occurred from 119 Carter Street.
Simple assault complaints were made at 109 Starlight Circle and on S. Jackson Street.
There were several miscellaneous calls answered
by officers yesterday.
Kenneth Ross remains in critical condition in the MaconMedicalCenter. He awaits murder charges stemming from Monday’s shooting
deaths in Americus. That investigation is still ongoing.
The monthly meeting of the Mayor and City
Council is at 5 this afternoon in the Lecture Hall of the GSWNursingBuilding. The community is invited to attend.
Wednesday was a rather quiet day for the SumterCounty Sheriff’s Deputies. A total of 22 incidents were worked. 4
traffic stops were conducted. William I. Fine was cited for expired or no
drivers license and defective tires on Highway 30. Cassie M. Jordan was cited
for a seat belt violation on Highway 30. Marilyn J. Mathis was given a citation
for a seat belt violation on the Bumphead Road. At a stop on W. Church Street, Quanesha V. Burton was charged with failure to obey signs
or control devices. A theft was reported. A suspicious person complaint was
made at 103
Domestic disturbance calls were answered at 151 Lot M Fox Stephens Road and on Rainbow Terrace.
In the Sumter County Jail today: Anthony Thomas
Capps for probation violation; James Evans for a battery; Kenneth Terrell Rush
for failure to appear; and Travis Devon Sims for aggravated assault/ possession
of a firearm during the commission of or attempt to commit certain felonies/
and receipt, possession or transfer of a firearm by convicted felon or felony