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January Honorary Councilmember Recognized By Council for Service to the Community
During the final City Council meeting of the month, Damion Ross (right) was recognized by Councilmember David Lewis (left) for his service to the community as the honorary councilmember for the month of January.
“This was a great experience and I wish that everyone would attend at least one meeting,” Ross said. “It was a great honor to be able to sit among the leaders of our community.”
He noted that even though his time as honorary councilmember has ended, he plans to still attend additional council meetings.
Ross, a Thomasville native, has been serving the community as a firefighter with Thomas County Fire Rescue for approximately five years. Ross also has close ties with the City Council, as he recently married Councilmember Lewis’ granddaughter, Asia Lewis-Ross.
At various times each year, councilmembers select a citizen to be the honorary councilmember. As an honorary councilmember, citizens serve for a period of one month, during which time they participate in council meetings and council-related committee meetings, in order to give them a first-hand account of what it takes to keep Thomasville running smoothly.
Council Approves Utility 2015 Rates
During their January 12, 2015, regular session meeting, the City Council approved on second reading an ordinance adjusting rates for water, wastewater, natural gas, sanitation and CNS Television services.
New Water Well One Step Closer to Completion
City of Thomasville Engineering Department Civil Technician Chris Loftis observes the deep well's casing being cleared out during a site visit.
Workers pump air into the new, 500-foot-deep water well in order to clear out any dirt and debris which may have been left behind during the boring process. The well, located off of Dillon Road, will add approximately 2 million gallons of capacity and much-needed redundancy to the City of Thomasville’s water network once it's brought online in mid-2015.
City Manager Appoints New Thomasville Chief Building Official
City Manager/Utilities Superintendent Steve Sykes announced today the appointment of Mark Harmon to the position of Chief Building Official for the City of Thomasville.
Harmon joins Thomasville’s Building Department with approximately 30 years of service in the building and construction field. Harmon will be responsible for all building inspections and plan review services and activities, as well as administering and enforcing building codes, developer agreements and other municipal regulations regarding building matters. For the last 25 years, he has been owner of Better Builders of Thomasville Inc.
City to Host Sign Ordinance Public Workshop
The City of Thomasville Planning Department will host a public workshop in effort to reach out to citizens for input regarding the proposed revisions to Thomasville’s existing sign ordinance. The workshop will be held January 29th in the City Council Chambers at 8:30 am. The Council Chambers are located in the Municipal Building – 144 East Jackson Street.
“The proposed revisions, which are the result of a collaborative effort between the citizens of Thomasville and City staff, attempt to strike the proper balance between the community’s historic character and the needs of local businesses and property owners,” said Brian Herrmann, planner II for the City of Thomasville. “The workshop provides an interactive opportunity for the community to discuss the most recent draft of proposed revisions with City Planning Department staff members.”
“The more feedback we receive, the better the final result will be, so I encourage citizens to participate if possible,” he added.
Contact the City of Thomasville Planning Department if you have any questions regarding the sign ordinance workshop – 229-227-6982.
City Council Recognizes Local Scouts
Local Scouts Max Beverly, Jr. (left), Rich Beverly (middle) and Hill Turner (right) attended Monday night’s City Council meeting, where they received a warm welcome from the Mayor and the other councilmembers. The Scouts, members of local Troop 306, received words of support and encouragement from the councilmembers, as they strive to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout.
Throughout the year, Boy Scouts attend City Council meetings in order to satisfy requirements for the various merit badges they are attempting to earn.
City Seeks Citizens' Input on Sign Ordinance Revisions
City of Thomasville staff are reaching out to the community for feedback as part of an initiative to bring clarity and consistency to the city's existing sign ordinances. Please take a moment to read over the most recent draft of the ordinance and submit any feedback to the City of Thomasville Planning Department using the e-mail address provided below.
Click the link below to view the most current draft of the proposed ordinance.
If you would like to submit feedback regarding the proposed changes to the existing sign ordinance, please e-mail them to Sharika Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.