City of Griffin reverses decision denying Open Records to The GRIP

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The city of Griffin (CoG) has reversed its previous position of refusing to produce public records pursuant to Open Records requests submitted by The GRIP. The GRIP Publisher Sheila Mathews had been notified that responses to Open Records requests would not be forthcoming until $523.40 in alleged arrears for prior Open […]

City of Griffin releases records to The GRIP after seven-month dispute

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: After refusing since Feb. 3 to produce certain personnel records sought in an Open Records request submitted by The GRIP Publisher Sheila Mathews, the city of Griffin on Sept. 1 reversed that long held decision and released the exempted documents. At the crux of the dispute were the pre-employment computer voice […]

Law enforcement videos now more expensive to obtain

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: At a time when increasing numbers of law enforcement agencies – including the Griffin Police Department – are implementing the use of body worn cameras (BWCs), Georgia lawmakers have enacted new legislation making it more costly to obtain the interactions the video recordings these and others devices document. The legislation – […]

Sale of hospital will reduce tax digest

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin-Spalding County Hospital Authority has entered into a memorandum of understanding that will result in Spalding Regional Hospital being purchased by WellStar, a non-profit entity. As such, WellStar will not pay property taxes, resulting in a total local tax digest decrease of $750,241.47. Based on 2015 information from Spalding County […]

Toddler’s body recovered from reservoir

A three-year-old boy’s death has been confirmed and emergency services continue to search for an adult male following an accident that occurred at the Still Branch Reservoir at approximately 4:30 Monday afternoon. Becky Watts, editor of The Pike County Times, is closely following and reporting on this developing story. The Grip greatly appreciates her allowing […]

Man critically injured Monday morning at city of Griffin Water Treatment Plant

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A delivery driver severely injured Monday morning at the city of Griffin Water Treatment Plant on North Expressway is en route to Grady Memorial Hospital via Life Flight. According to Griffin Fire-Rescue Chief Tommy Jones, the man, described only as being in his late 40s, was very badly injured during a […]

City welding shop moderately damaged by fire

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A quick response by personnel of Griffin Fire-Rescue prevented a major fire at the city of Griffin’s welding and tire shop from becoming a catastrophic environmental incident. The fire was first reported at approximately 10 p.m. Tuesday night, and Battalion Chief Todd Wheeler oversaw the response of firefighters from two of […]

City of Griffin to stop providing nonemergency lockout assistance

STAFF REPORTS ::: Beginning June 1, the Griffin Police Department (GPD) and Griffin Fire-Rescue (GFR) will respond to emergency lockout calls only. Individuals who call 911 for assistance with nonemergency entry requests will be referred to local locksmiths. GPD and GFR will respond to emergency situations such as if a child or pet is locked […]

Griffin lowers yard waste fees

STAFF REPORTS ::: The City of Griffin officially partners with Dependable Waste Services today for yard waste pick-up. With this change, the city lowered service costs from $7.35 to $6.15 per month.  Along with lowered cost, this partnership ensures regular, bi-weekly service. This change will be reflected on customer bills after the beginning of November. […]

Links to city and county emergency management ordinances

Look for stories about both Spalding County and city of Griffin emergency management ordinances in the next issue of The Grip.  For now, here are the links to both codes: Spalding County’s Emergency Management Ordinance code: http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=11591 (Section III, Chapter 5) City of Griffin’s Emergency Management Ordinance code: http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=10181 (Ordinance no. 12-02 – second ordinance listed in […]