At Monday’s City Council meeting, Vice Mayor Johnny Terrell read a proclamation for recipients of the Purple Heart Medal, designating the city of Tifton as a Purple Heart City. Mayor Jamie Cater was absent due to illness.
“The people of the city of Tifton have great admiration and utmost gratitude for all men and women who have selflessly served their country and this community in the Armed Forces,” he read.
He further read from the proclamation that veterans have paid the high price for freedom by leaving their families and their community and placing themselves in harm’s way for the good of all the country. It also stated that the contributions and sacrifices of the men and women from Tifton who serve in the Armed Forces have been battling and maintaining the freedom and way of life enjoyed by the citizens; many men and women in uniform have given their lives by serving in the Armed Forces; and many citizens of the community have earned the Purple Heart as a result of being wounded while engaged in combat with enemy forces.
Terrell said Feb. 20 has officially been designated as the day for the city of Tifton to recognize veterans who are recipients of the Purple Heart.
Also, John Danforth, commander of the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) Chapter 38, presented the city with a plaque from the patriot members of Chapter 1000, Military Order of the Purple Heart to recognize Tifton for becoming Georgia’s second Purple Heart City.
“Over 90 percent of the people who got the Purple Heart got killed unfortunately,” Danforth said. “We’re here to represent them and the others. This is a great honor for us to bestow upon them.”
John Flener, commander of Chapter 1000, Military Order of the Purple Heart in Fitzgerald, was also present at the meeting.
In addition, City Manager Larry Riner gave an update on the progress of city projects. First, he thanked everyone who was involved in the Rhythm & Ribs Festival that was held this past weekend. He said it was an “absolute success.” He added that 385 tickets were sold to attend the Edwin McCain concert at the Tift Theatre.
“We’re going to try to keep this momentum going,” he said.
When discussing city projects, Riner said the Carpenter Road widening project from Highway 82 to Davis Road is ongoing. He said the Environmental people have requested that they do something with the collection site at Whiddon Mill Road and Carpenter Road. Roger Dill, Tift County’s road consultant, asked that he bring it before council to mention that they need to go ahead and close that site.
“It’s going to be in the construction zone anyway when the work starts (scheduled for mid-April),” he said.
Riner added, “We have about 110-125 customers who use that site on a Saturday. It’s primarily recycling. There are 20-25 customers who come in on Wednesday.” He noted that the site will be closed the last week of March, pending any decisions or input from the county. The site cannot go back in its current location.
Riner also commented that the Myon Hotel project is progressing and expected to be completed by September or October. He said shortly after that, they can start moving back in, which they’re looking forward to.
In other business, City Clerk Rona Martin gave the board report. She said the Tifton Tree Board is looking at reevaluating their board and recommending a few changes. They’re also in need of members.
Also, the council decided to table the resolution providing for the Downtown Development Authority amendment to boundaries, appointment of board members and for other purposes for the March 20 workshop. Riner said he received a request from Cater to table the resolution, because he would like to be present during the meeting when it’s discussed. Terrell and Councilmen Chris Parrott and Wes Ehlers approved holding off on the matter until March 20, with Councilwoman Julie Smith opposed.
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