Next week, Tuesday, February 12th at 6:00 p.m., our 2019 Fair Book Committee has been called to meet with al Fair officials by President Chris Tatum at our Exchange Club Conference Center. Fair officials include Fair Association Chairman Harbin Farr, Okefenokee Fair Manager Jonathan Daniell, all Board directors and Burton Carter, President-Elect, Secretary, Mary Fogle, Treasurer, Bill Deason, and any other chairman. Also, non-club organization officials involved with the Fair scheduled for November 5-9, 2019.
Next week Thursday, our program speaker will be Harlon Proveaux.
FAIR MIDWAY ON TRACT
Five club officials attended the Join Georgia/South Carolina Fair Convention on January 24-26. They returned with new Fair dates and contract: November 5-9, 2019 and November 10-14, 2020. Amusements of America Midway will continue under a two-year contract. Side Acts will include Houdini again, Race Cars Trackers, and a big final day race and may previous acts. Fair Book planning meeting to be held this Tuesday, February 12 at 6:00 p.m. will help chairmen to adjust our services a better fair. Fair Chairmen are asked to be there.
President Chris Tatum reminded members of their need to at- tend meeting for which you signed to attend. He said “at the last Christmas Banquet, absence accounted for a loss of $379 which could have been used for donations to youth and non-profits or other benefits.”
February 21, is Okefenokee Fair Board Meeting at 11:00 a.m. and Exchange Club Board Meeting is 11:30 a.m.
Name badges are to be upgraded to plastic with magnet hang- ing name, for a new style. Cost is $10-$12 per item but we have a discounted cost of $5.50 each.
BLOOD DRIVE SUCCEEDS AGAIN
Al Jacobson our Blood Drive Chairman, reported our last blood Drive exceeded the goal of 130 pints per drive by 28 pints to get 158 pints total. Very good! Keep up the good life giving service. Thank you!
This year’s Georgia Occupational Achievement of Leadership (GOAL) winner was brought to our January 24, 2019 club luncheon by Lauren McCullaugh, Student Navigator of Coastal Pines Technical
College. The winner was Nikki Thompson studying Radiology Technology. Ms. Thompson competes in a regional competition against six other winners in the region.
GOAL focuses on excellence in technical education, celebrated its 47th year. Technical College instructors across Georgia identify their most promising students and nominate them for GOAL based on academic achievement and personal leadership. A panel of judges selects one student, the State GOAL Winner, to serve as an ambassador of technical education in Georgia. GOAL competition begins during the Fall semester. She was the college’s national honor society President. She wants to be a ray of sunshine and be the light to make her children achieve.
SCOTT MOYE WARE COUNTY MANAGER
Scott Moye, Ware County Manger, was introduced by January Programs Chairman, Nathan Grantham. Scott began by saying he wanted to give us an update on the new building, two stories, begun moving in November with Commission office upstairs with IT also. Meeting rooms will seat 60-75 people. First floor will have Planning and Codes and Tax Assessors. Both floors occupy 45,000 square feet. A new flag pole is coming in and a ceremony is coming soon. Eight million dollars from the 2007 SPLOST was spent and was not enough to get all of county offices in the building. The Hatcher Point Road “Highway” five lanes will start in the second week of April, 2019. The 365 day contact to East Coast Asphalt starts in 60 days. Problems will be to keep lanes open and in-out driveways. In 2004, the project was #1 to get in first and traffic begin to transfer in late fall. Another project is paving Lamar Music behind Lewis and Raulerson.
LMIG grants will be used to improve drainage problems in Wacona area. Some roads are covered by 20″ of water during storms. The are seeking a drainage study of the area to move water out in 60 days and use CBDG funds in the future tied to the study.
US 1 Overpass project is all Georgia DOT. Jay Roberts of DOT is planner and does preliminary planning. Wolverston in Atlanta is doing project scoping. When done they will met with GA DOT. It will take two years for R/W purchase. County may take project to help speed completion.
ABC Avenue Extension will be completed soon. One home along CSX right of way and another connecting Jordan and Blalock with a two (2) lane bridge.
Public Safety officials training site will have burn building, tower, shooting range on Scapa Road. Burn building is 20% complete.
– Front of Courthouse will be turned into parking lot for 20% more parking area.
– Planning for next SPLOST is underway and they expect to buy capital items with it.
– Overpass may cost $40-$50 million. Ten million dollars is for pulmonary design.
– Airport is getting a drainage plan and repairs of 60% completed. A perimeter fence to be installed for safety.