Tifton Gazette


January 7, 2014

City receives ESG rebate check


The city of Tifton was presented with a $394,193.18 rebate check for 2012-13 from ESG Operations (Tifton/Tift County water and wastewater contracted operators) at Monday’s regular City Council meeting.

During the presentation of the check at the front of the courtroom, City Manager Larry Riner introduced Dan Groselle and Scott Murphy with ESG.

“I can’t brag on these two guys enough,” he said. 

Groselle commented, “This was a team effort, a lot of people working together.” He mentioned some workers with the local wastewater plant who were present at the meeting and added, “We couldn’t have done this without the support of the rest of the city. This just isn’t an ESG success, this is a city success.” 

The city of Tifton posted the following comment on their Facebook page: “This rebate check was made possible from the hard work of all the employees with the water and wastewater department. Thanks to all of our hard workers for keeping our water/wastewater system operating efficiently.”

The Tifton Gazette reported in a previous article that the city entered into an agreement with ESG in November 2012 to take over operation of the local water and wastewater treatment systems. 

In addition, Dr. Greg Fonsah, University of Georgia Tifton researcher who specializes in fruits and vegetables, spoke to the council about people from his country coming to Tifton. He said he’s the crown chief of a village in Cameroon, Africa.

“Every year, my people in the whole United States have a national convention,” he said, noting they usually have it in New York, Boston or Texas. He said this year, they said they want to come visit “the chief” in Tifton.

Fonsah told the council that his people will be coming from all over of the United States July 18-20. He asked for their support and noted he, along with a local committee, will put together an agenda for the visit, which will include a traditional soccer tournament, traditional dances and tours. Fonsah asked Mayor Jamie Cater to give the welcome July 19 at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center, which Cater said he will certainly be there.

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    Pictured are the honorees of Thursday night's annual Public Safety Officer Appreciation and Awards Banquet by the Tifton Elks Lodge. Shown, from left, are Louise Spradley, who organized the banquet, Eddie Brown with the Tift County Emergency Medical Services, Sgt. Debbie Pyles with the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Police Department, Sgt. Bart Walker with the Omega Police Department, Officer of the Year honoree Thomas Catanzarita with the Tift County Sheriff's Office Jail Division, Deputy Jonathan Toledo with the TCSO, Brandi Conway with the Tifton-Tift County Animal Shelter, Georgia State Patrol Trooper Ben Taylor, Officer Brian Shockley with the Tifton Police Department and volunteer Firefighter Brian Fincher with the Chula Fire Department.

    LEOs and first responders honored at banquet

    A room full of local law enforcement and first responders were honored Thursday night by the Tifton Elks Lodge at their annual Public Safety Officer Appreciation and Awards Banquet for their service in the community.
    Prior to the awards being given out, Louise Spradley, who organized the banquet, welcomed everyone, and the invocation and pledge were led by the Tift County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard.

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