County BoC denies firearm discharge ordinance

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Board of Commissioners by a 4 to 1 vote have denied approval of a firearm discharge ordinance. Commissioners Raymond Ray, who initially proposed the ordinance, Commissioner Don Hawbaker, Commissioner Rita Johnson and Commissioner Bart Miller voted in opposition to the ordinance. Commissioner Gwen Flowers-Taylor opposed the vote denying […]

Griffin BoC retirement vote in accord with city charter, state law

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The city of Griffin Board of Commissioners (BoC) has approved a resolution that provides for the inclusion to the city’s retirement plan for individuals who serve eight or more years on that governing body. Originally discussed early this year at the BoC’s annual Goals Workshop, the second and final vote took […]

Griffin Board of Commissioners approves retirement plans for board members, employees

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Board of Commissioners has  approved a retirement plan for individuals elected or appointed to serve on that governing body, as well as an increase to the retirement plan of regular full-time employees. The measure passed narrowly by a vote of 4 to 3, with Commissioners Cynthia Reid-Ward, Rodney McCord […]

Griffin Board of Commissioners to vote on retirement plan tonight

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The city of Griffin Board of Commissioners will on Tuesday, Nov. 28, determine whether it will establish a retirement plan for individuals elected or appointed to serve on that governing body. According to Griffin City Manager Kenny Smith, the retirement plan for commissioners has been in under consideration for some time. […]

City of Griffin now prohibits aggressive panhandling

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The city of Griffin Board of Commissioners has approved an ordinance prohibiting aggressive panhandling. As specified in the ordinance,“solicitations for immediate donations of cash, food or other things of value in an aggressive manner” is now a criminal offense in Griffin. City officials made clear this ordinance is in response to […]

Standing room only for county BoC sanitation, SPLOST public hearing

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Board of Commissioners is hearing from dozens of residents during its Saturday morning public hearing on the issues of the county’s refuse and recycling centers and the upcoming 2015 SPLOST referendum. The first several residents to speak expressed opposition to the closure of the collection centers. The Grip […]

Mama’s Country Showcase 2015 alcohol license renewal hearing: Denial overturned

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Board of Commissioners on Monday morning voted not to uphold its previous decision to deny the 2015 alcohol license renewal sought by Justin Wynne, doing business as Mama’s Country Showcase. Following the appeal hearing, which lasted roughly an hour and a half, Commission Vice-chairman Raymond Ray made a motion to deny […]

County approves final step in approval process for new airport

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Board of Commissioners has given the final local approval required for the proposed new airport to move forward. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) involving local governmental entities and the Federal Aviation Administration was required for the project to proceed. The Griffin-Spalding County Airport Authority on Oct. 13 approved […]

County Board of Commissioners sets millage rate

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Board of Commissioners has unanimously vote to set the county’s millage rate at 16.01, which means it will remain the same as the 2013 rate. The Griffin-Spalding County School System also met Monday and its recommended millage rate is 19.47, also the same as in 2013. The Spalding […]

County BoC tables new airport bond referendum; potential “alternative funding source” referenced

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Commission has tabled its vote on a referendum calling a general obligation bond that was to appear on the November general election ballot. Cited as the reason for postponing action on the bond was a potential alternate funding source. No specific details were provided regarding that funding source, […]

Griffin officials recommending half-mill tax decrease

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin City Manager Kenny Smith during Tuesday evening’s Board of Commissioner’s meeting announced this year’s budget process has been completed and a proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget has been presented to the Board of Commissioners. Included is the recommendation for a decrease in the property tax rate. “We’re recommending a decrease […]

Approved airport referendum will not be on November ballot

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Grip has confirmed there will be no yes-or-no referendum regarding the proposed new Griffin-Spalding County airport on the November general election ballot. During the airport discussion at the April 7 Spalding County Board of Commissioners meeting, Commissioner Raymond Ray expressed concern, citing public comments made that evening indicating residents felt […]

Griffin PD restructuring plan approved by 6-1 vote

SHEILA MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department restructuring plan proposed by City Manager Kenny Smith was on Tuesday approved by the Board of Commissioners. Outgoing Commissioner Shaheer Beyah was the lone dissenting vote. Commissioner Ryan McLemore requested discussion on the proposal, and that began with Smith laying out his plan. As he had previously stated, […]

County details new employee travel reimbursement policy

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Board of Commissioners has reached consensuses on several aspects that will be included in an employee travel policy. This policy will implement guidelines and restrictions regarding reimbursable expenses, which until now, has not been enforceable. Commissioner Bart Miller said during his years of county employment, he was told […]

Low voter turnout in Tuesday’s city election; Morrow, McLemore reelected and McCord takes Beyah’s seat

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Voter turnout for Tuesday’s city of Griffin Board of Commissioner’s races was very low, with only 21 percent of registered voters turning out to cast ballots. The result the three races was the reelection of two incumbents – Dick Morrow and Ryan McLemore – and the defeat of a third, Shaheer […]