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Rex J. Yerkes Memorial Bridge dedicated Aug. 30

The county dedicated the bridge on Highway 109 over Gola Creek in honor of Rex J. Yerkes at their Tuesday, Aug. 30 meeting. 

“It was an honor when this resolution was sent to name the bridge over Highway 109 after Mr. Rex Yerkes,” said District 135 Rep. Beth Camp. “Mr Yerkes loved the outdoors so much. He worked with the Cattlemen’s Association, helped develop the trail at the high school and helped bring to fruition Chestnut Oaks as an Agribusiness site in the county.” 

“Georgia House Resolution 706 passed the House and the Senate unanimously, and was signed by the Governor so it is a law that the bridge on Highway 109 over Gola Creek will herby be known as the Rex J. Yerkes Memorial Bridge.” 

Rep. Beth Camp presented family members with two signs that say Rex J. Yerkes Memorial Bridge during the meeting. Two others have already been posted at the newly named bridge outside Meansville. 

The county also:

• Heard from EMA director Jim Totten who announced a full day of EMA classes Oct. 27 at the Strickland Building in Concord, including a class at 8:30 a.m. for county and city leaders called Incident Command Systems. He said a second class at 1 p.m. is for department heads and assistants and will give an overview of incident command, principles, roles during a disaster and what should be tracked and how to be reimbursed for it after the disaster. He said Damage Assessment starts at 6 p.m. and is for first responders or citizens who want to be trained on how to perform rapid effective damage assessments to work with local and state emergency management. He noted that at 6 p.m. Oct. 17 a Praise and Preparedness class will be held for religious organizations in the county which will cover how to handle an active shooter and what to do to keep congregations safe. 

• Appointed William ‘Jody’ Salter of Meansville to the West Georgia REgion 4 EMS Advisory Council to fill an unexpired three-year term, set to expire June 30, 2024. 

• Approved use of the courthouse grounds for a Domestic Violence Candlelight Vigil from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27 to bring awareness to domestic violence issues. The event is hosted by the Griffin Judicial Circuit Domestic Violence Task Force. 

• Approved increasing the county mileage rate for business miles driven from the current 58.5 cents per mile to the IRS standard of 62.5 cents per mile for the final six months of 2022. 

• Agreed to support and participate in Operation Green Light for Veterans which asks the county and citizens to show support for veterans by lighting buildings with green lights from Nov. 7 to 13. 

• Approved the Local Option Sales Tax, LOST, percentages which gives 77.5% of LOST collections to the county. The county manager asked that the change be delayed until Jan. 1, 2024 so cities can budget for less funding next year.

• Approved a $9,616 refund in impact fees to Dague Communities Inc for funds that were incorrectly collected for homes built in the Mill Pond subdivision in the city limits. 

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