News Line for Thomaston

Skateboarders ask City Council to repeal helmet rule at skate park
Some local skateboard enthusiasts got what may have been their first taste of using their rights as citizens when they came before the Thomaston City Council on April 1, 2014 with a request to remove the helmet requirement from usage of the skate park at the Civic Center.
Source: Thomaston Times

City electric rates remain among lowest in Georgia
The City of Thomaston can mark another winter off as being one of the top 10 electrical utilities in the state charging the least amount per kilowatt hours for 500 kilowatt hours (KWH) and 1,000 KWH.
Source: Thomaston Times

City making plans for Make Thomaston Shine
Spring is just around the corner and that means the City of Thomaston is getting ready to “Make Thomaston Shine” by encouraging all citizens to get out and help clean up their neighborhoods.
Source: Thomaston Times

Thomaston brings ordinance in line with state codes
The Thomaston City Council approved an ordinance updating construction codes to reflect current and future changes in state codes. The vote came at the council’s meeting on March 4, 2014.
Source: Thomaston Times

$2.6M Uptown Downtown project approved
The Thomaston City Council unanimously approved a bid of $2,619,335.20 for the “Uptown Downtown” water system improvement project. The action came at their meeting Tuesday night.
Source: Thomaston Times

Thomaston receives $2.7M GEFA loan
Thomaston, Ga., was awarded a $2,700,000 Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) loan by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) board of directors recently.
Source: Thomaston Times

Arbor Day celebrated in Thomaston
The Thomaston Tree Board had one of its longest Arbor Day celebrations this month, as Arbor Day was celebrated on February 11, the week of the ice storm, but the trees commemorating the event weren’t planted until Tuesday, Feb. 25.
Source: Thomaston Times

J. D. Stallings will be new District 3 Councilman
John David “J.D.” Stallings hasn’t even taken office as the new District 3 Council member in the City of Thomaston, and he is already saving the city money.
Source: Thomaston Times

Mayor Arnold announces retirement in two years
When Thomaston Mayor Hays Arnold finishes his term in office in two years, he will be ending his political career. At a reception for the Top 40 Under 40 held last Thursday night, Mayor Arnold announced that he will not seek re-election or public office again when his term ends.
Source: Thomaston Times

Thomaston qualifying begins Tuesday; Yatesville waiting for state
Qualifying for Thomaston’s special election begins next week, while Yatesville is looking to ride the coattails of the federal and possibly state elections in May for its election.
Source: Thomaston Times

March 18 set as special election date for District 3 Council seat
The Thomaston City Council unanimously approved a resolution calling for a special election to be held March 18, 2014 to fill the remaining term of the late Dr. James O. Richards, the District 3 Council member. Dr. Richards passed away unexpectedly on September 20, 2013.
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise

City approves budget amidst business outcry
During a called meeting last Monday, the Thomaston City Council unanimously passed a budget for 2014 with a grand total of $30,789,664.
Source: Thomaston Times

Court rules county must honor SDS agreement
Senior Superior Court Judge Stephen Bosworth granted the City of Thomaston’s motion for declarative judgment and injunctive relief, and ordered Upson County to abide by the terms of the SDS Agreement approved by the two parties in August.
Source: Thomaston Times

City, county present arguments in joint projects agreement court case
Attorneys for the City of Thomaston and Upson County came before Superior Court Judge Stephen Boswell Friday afternoon to argue for and against a temporary injunction filed by Thomaston which would require the county to honor the joint projects agreement (service delivery strategy) signed by the two governments in August of this year.
Source: Thomaston Times

Proposed utility rate increases in Thomaston budget
If the Thomaston City Council agrees with City Manager Patrick Comiskey’s recommendations for the 2014 budget, city residents could be seeing rate increases in water and sewerage, electricity, and sanitation on their bills.
Source: Thomaston Times

Consolidation not in future for city, says Mayor Arnold
With the issue of consolidation having been brought forth by Upson County Commission Chairman Rusty Blackston, who is seeking citizen input on the question of consolidation, during the public participation portion of the Thomaston City Council meeting on November 19, Mayor Hays Arnold was asked for his view on consolidation, and if it would work with a town and county the size of Thomaston and Upson.
Source: Thomaston Times

Greathouse wins District 4 post
Just like he did two months ago in a special election, Don Greathouse defeated Tempe Hoyal in the General Election Tuesday to win a four-year term as the District 4 Councilmember in the City of Thomaston.
Source: Thomaston Times