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Date Set for Community Planning Session for Proposed Arts District
The City of Thomasville, in collaboration with the Center for the Arts and Landmarks, will hold a three day community design planning session known as a charrette to establish a master plan for the newly proposed Arts District in downtown Thomasville.
City Partners With County to Better Serve Citizens
During last month’s joint City Council-County Commissioner meeting, the City of Thomasville agreed to assist Thomas County with improvements to the South Pinetree Boulevard corridor.
In order to address safety concerns for pedestrian traffic in the area, County Commissioners proposed a partnership allowing for the construction of a new section of sidewalk which will run along the County rights of way, from the Providence Plaza community on South Pinetree Boulevard to West Jackson Street.
Seeing Red: Victoria Park Project
This week, the last of the decorative red, stamped-concrete crosswalks, which link the blocks within Victoria Park together, was completed. In total, 12 of these crosswalks have been constructed, providing the VP community with an added touch of charm and character.
These crosswalks accompany many other improvements which are planned for the neigborhood, including the construction of new streets and parks, the addition of curb and gutter to the existing streets in the area, improved storm water run-off drainage, decorative lighting, sidewalks and way-finding signage.
When completed, public and private investment in the Victoria Park area is expected to reach approximately $5 million.
From left: Brent Alderman, electric ops manager; Scott Stevens, apprentice lineman; Jesse Mayfield, apprentice lineman; Jarrett Turnbull, lead lineman; and Jonathan Herrmann, lineman
City of Thomasville Utilities electric workers loaded up their trucks and hit the road to provide assistance in Sylvania, GA after freezing rains wreaked havoc on power systems, leaving thousands without power last month.
Five employees, equipped with four vehicles, traveled approximately 230 miles to Sylvania where they assisted local crews with setting new power poles, replacing transformers and restoring power lines.
"Our guys were able to take their skill and expertise into a situation where local crews were stretched very thin and make a very positive impact," said Director of Electric Operations Bruce Whittington.
“As a part of the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia, we will always answer our sister cities’ call for help,” he noted.
For four days Brent Alderman, electric ops manager; Scott Stevens, apprentice lineman; Jesse Mayfield, apprentice lineman; Jarrett Turnbull, lead lineman; and Jonathan Herrmann, lineman, worked until power was restored and the situation was no longer critical.
Council Recognizes Honorary Councilmember for February
During Monday night’s City Council meeting, Lee Webb was presented with a plaque by Mayor Max Beverly in recognition of his service to the community as the honorary councilmember for the month of February.
Prior to moving to Thomasville to serve as the Executive Director of Thomasville Landmarks Inc., Lee worked in Washington, DC as the Liaison and Program Analyst for the Department of Energy at the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, an independent federal agency.
“I am very appreciative to Mayor Beverly for asking me to be the Honorary Councilmember for the month of February. As a new resident and member of the Thomasville community, it was a great opportunity to meet our local elected officials and see how our city operates. Thomasville Landmarks values our relationship with the City, and the work we do in partnership,” Webb said. “I am excited to be the new Executive Director at Landmarks and look forward to collaborating with the City for many years to come. Together, we have the opportunity to do exciting projects that will continue to make Thomasville a great place to live.”
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.
TPD Seeks Public Input on Improving Service
Every three years, as part of an ongoing initiative to provide custom-tailored law enforcement service to the community, the Thomasville Police Department conducts a survey of public opinion. These surveys are then used to gauge the effectiveness of past performance and to create a new three-year plan which will address newly-identified issues and improve existing services. This year’s survey will be available through the month of March and can be accessed by visiting www.thomasville.org/police.
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