Administration Building To Close Early Wednesday

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The Butts County Administration Building will close at 4:30 PM on Wednesday, July 29th due to a planned power outage linked to the ongoing construction on West Third Street. Additionally, the Tax Commissioner’s Office will close at 4PM today. Closing at 4PM will allow them the time needed to complete their daily bookwork before power is restored.

The E-911 Center will continue as normal on secondary power systems which are designed to kick in immediately at the first sign of a power loss. The Center currently has enough secondary power to function at full capacity for several days. All Administration Building offices will plan to reopen on Thursday morning at their normal times. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Communications Officers Complete 911 Training

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CKs_laRWIAEv9HkCongratulations to newly certified Communications Officers Bobbie Callaway and Jennifer Vance, both of whom completed the weeklong Basic Communications Officer Training Course last week at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth. This course is taken following several months of on-the-job training in the E-911 Dispatch Center to prepare the Communications Officer for the challenges of emergency radio and telephone communications.

E-911 operates 24 hours per day and requires skilled employees who are able to work through periods of high stress as well as monitor the safety and well-being of Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS and EMA personnel in the field. This certification allows both to become certified through the Peace Officer’s Standards and Training Council (POST) as Communications Officers in Georgia. Congratulations to both officers on a job well done!

Notice of Called Meeting Scheduled July 22nd

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The Butts County Board of Commissioners will hold a Called Meeting at 5PM today for the purpose of having an executive session to discuss real estate.  The called meeting will be in the C. Wayne King Auditorium located at the Butts County Administration Building, 625 W. Third Street, Jackson, Georgia 30233.  The public is invited to attend.

Four Inducted Into Hall of Fame

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Butts County Department of Leisure Services held its annual awards banquet on Monday, July 20th, which included the induction of four new members into the Parks and Recreation Hall of Fame. Known as the “Dr. Robert Van Deventer Community Service Award”, the award recognizes a body of contributions to the youth programs of the Leisure Services Department. This year’s inductees included Joe Sellers, Ricky Johnson, Jr., former Leisure Services Director Jim Herbert, who retired from the management of the program in 2013 and The World Famous Ricky’s Welding Shop. The award for Ricky’s Welding Shop was received by Brenda Johnson, wife of the late Ricky Johnson, Sr. who passed away in 2014 following a lifetime of contributing to the recreation programs of the department.

DSC_0374Pictured from left to right are: Jim Herbert, Joe Sellers, Brenda Johnson and Ricky Johnson, Jr. Biographical information about each recipient was read aloud to those assembled by various members of the community. Linda Parrish, Director of Leisure Services, served as the Master of Ceremonies and thanked everyone present for their contributions to the Butts County Leisure Services Department.

 

Butts County L.E.T. Seeks Executive Director

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Position Announcement: Butts County Executive Director Butts County Life Enrichment Team, Inc.

The Board of Directors of the Butts County Life Enrichment Team, Inc. is seeking an individual to provide operations, planning, facilitation and coordination services for the work done by the organization through their collaborating partners to implement the community plan. LET is a nonprofit corporation that provides coordination services as a Georgia Family Connection Collaborative.

The position requires: a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in human services or a related field, a minimum of 3 years of work experience in human services, and excellent oral and written communication skills with proven ability to write grants and proficiency in MS Word, Excel, Power Point, Publisher, QuickBooks, using the internet for research and learning new computer applications. Candidates also must be willing to travel, possess a dependable vehicle, valid Georgia motor vehicle license, with proof of automobile insurance and submit to a drug screen and criminal background check.

Other preferred experience includes: bookkeeping and strategic planning, managing a nonprofit organization, fundraising and sustainability work, and a working knowledge of local, state and federal political systems.

The individual will be responsible for: meeting legal and financial requirements for administering a nonprofit organization; providing information to the governing board for decision-making; maintaining and growing the collaborative team; developing and implementing an annual plan; preparing accurate and comprehensive grant and financial reports; participating in events provided by the Georgia Family Connection Partnership and regional Peer to Peer Network meetings.

The position is grant-funded and the successful candidate will be an independent contractor of the Butts County Life Enrichment Team, Inc. Compensation is negotiable, based on experience and qualifications. Because it is grant-funded and will be contractual, no benefits are offered. The successful candidate will be responsible for all tax liability.

For consideration, submit a cover letter and resume postmarked by 5:00 pm August 14, 2015 to:

Butts County Life Enrichment Team P O Box 976
Jackson GA 30233
Attn: Executive Director Position

The cover letter and resume may be submitted by email to: buttscoletjobs@gmail.com Questions may be directed to: buttscoletjobs@gmail.com

Fire Station 8 Dedication Held Friday July 17th

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IMG_2422Butts County officials and community members formally dedicateded the completed Indian Springs Fire Station, Number 8 at a ceremony held on Friday, July 17th at 11AM. The new station, located at 1372 Highway 42 South will form part of the fire protection matrix that is managed by the Butts County Fire Department and once operational, will cover Fire District 2, which includes southeastern Butts County, the city of Flovilla, the community of Indian Springs and the more remote areas further out.

Butts County Commissioner Robert Henderson, who serves as Vice Chairman and whose commission district makes up a significant portion of the fire district has advocated for a fire station to cover the area on a full-time basis for the past several years. “District 2 was the only district left in the county that didn’t have full-time fire protection” Henderson commented on Thursday. “This wasn’t fair to the people of that district who still pay taxes and should receive the same level of county services as other citizens”.

For many years, coverage was provided by the City of Flovilla Fire Department, which consisted of a mostly volunteer fire force and one full-time city employee that covered the station on weekdays for 8 hours per day. Volunteer firefighter coverage has become more and more difficult in recent years for all fire departments due to heavy training requirements and employers no longer allowing volunteers to leave work when a fire call goes out. This trend is apparent when you look at firefighting in Butts County as a whole.

In 1985, Butts County had one full-time firefighter and the City of Jackson had three. These firefighters were supplemented by a volunteer force of over 100, divided among fire stations at Jackson, Jenkinsburg, Flovilla and Worthville. Today there are over 50 paid firefighters among all of the departments in Butts County while active volunteers number less than 20. Recruitment drives by both county and city fire departments over the past decade have had limited success.

Once operational, Butts County will staff five fire stations and one EMS-only station. These include the Jackson EMS station, Worthville, Jenkinsburg, Stark, Colwell Road and Indian fire stations. These are supplemented by the Jackson Fire Department, Flovilla Fire Department and the Georgia Diagnostic Prison Fire Department, which provides fire coverage for the Towaliga area.

“We decided during the concept stage that it would be called “Indian Springs Fire Station” because we wanted to honor the area that has been such an important part of Butts County for over 200 years” said County Administrator Michael Brewer on Thursday the 16th. “Even the stonework selected for the facade of the new station was chosen because it reflects the beautiful, hand-set stonework that went into the creation of many of the buildings inside of Indian Springs State Park. Those buildings were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression under the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and their craftsmanship has stood the test of time” he concluded.

The new fire station was constructed by a combination of contractors, with the majority share of the work being handled by the Georgia Department of Corrections’ inmate construction crew. The inmate construction crew consists of a number of state inmates who possess advanced building, construction and trade skills, managed by a team of professional state employees. Other projects constructed by the crew include the new depot in the City of Locust Grove and the Lamar County Fire Department Headquarters.

“We appreciate the efforts on behalf of our State Representative, Susan Holmes, to help us secure the services of the inmate construction team” Commissioner Henderson stated. “Mrs. Holmes has always been very helpful to the communities in her district and getting this team for us saved the county well over a hundred thousand dollars”.

The overall project was managed by Community Development Director Douglas Manning, who served as Project Manager, with the assistance of Bill Holton, Facilities Manager, Roger Jewell, Kimberly LeCroy and Artisica Stodghill. Public Works Director Marty Long and his staff handled much of the site work with engineering services by County Engineer Wayne Smith.

The new fire station consists of two large fire bays as well as living quarters for firefighter personnel and administrative office space. Upon opening in early August, the county will station one full-time firefighter-EMT around the clock to ensure a quick response to incidents in the district. Additionally, the Chief and some administrative staff will relocate to the new station due to limited office space at the current EMS station in Jackson. “We will keep Deputy Chief Glen Goens at the Colwell Road station and our on-duty Battalion Chief will remain at the Stark station” Fire Chief Mike Wilson stated on Thursday. “This will ensure that there is a command level officer with the best possible spread throughout the county who can respond and lead incident management”.

Commissioner Henderson had many to thank, starting with his peers, past and present. “I want to thank my fellow commissioners for stepping up with me and supporting this project. Chairman Roger McDaniel, Gator Hodges, Keith Douglas, Joe Brown and former commissioner Mike Patterson all played a part in helping to make this happen and I really appreciate it” he said. “I also want to thank the staff of Butts County who worked so hard on making this a reality. They have put a lot of heart into this project and it shows. Finally, I want to thank the City of Flovilla. For many years, they have had our backs in providing coverage for this area whenever they could and I appreciate Chief Glenn Williams and his volunteers, Mayor Beth Ogletree and the City Council and all those that have supported the Flovilla Fire Department and through them, our fire department for such a long time.” Henderson said.

Moffett Appointed County Administrator 

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MoffettThe Board of Commissioners unanimously appointed Dr. Keith Moffett as the new County Administrator during their July board meeting. The appointment follows a lengthy search process that narrowed thirteen candidates down to one. Moffett was named the sole finalist on June 26th and will begin his new position on July 20th. A reception to welcome him to the community will be held that day at the Administration Building beginning at 4:45PM.

Moffett has an Associates of Science in Nuclear Science Technology and Electronic  Technology from Georgia Military College, a Bachelor of Science in Business and Information Technology from Macon State College, an Executive Master of Business Administration from Wesleyan College, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership from Mercer University. He earned the Macon State College School of Business Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2011 and was named to Macon Magazine’s Top 5 Under 40 in 2008 and Georgia Trend’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2006.

Moffett comes to Butts County after having served as Director of the Macon-Bibb County E-911 Department following the consolidation of the two governments into one. Prior to that, he served as Assistant to the Chief Administrative Officer and Director of Internal Affairs for the City of Macon; Regional Projects Manager with the Georgia Department of Economic Development; Communications Manager for the Tubman African American Museum, and Projects Manager with the Macon Economic Development Commission. He also has an 11-year service career with the military, first as a Navigation Electronic Technician on a submarine, and an electronics worker at the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center.

Moffett is an Adjunct Professor at Mercer University, Middle Georgia State College, and Miller-Motte Technical College. He is on the Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful Commission Board of Directors, and is a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Macon Alumnae Chapter. He has also served on the United Way of Central Georgia Board of Trustees, Georgia Economic Developers Association, and on the Board of Directors for the MedCen Foundation’s Hospice Board, Habitat for Humanity, Central Georgia Tech Prep Consortium, Office of Workforce Development, and the Crisis Line of Macon and Middle Georgia. He and his wife Melinda currently reside in Lizella, Georgia.

Current County Administrator Michael Brewer, who has served in this capacity since 2011, will head up the new Government Relations Office, which will focus on marketing the county, public affairs, media relations, tourism, film and legislative advocacy. The office will work closely with other local governments in the community, region and state to further strengthen the relationships among all government partners.