IS YOUR HOME ENERGY EFFICIENT?

Everyone wants to know the story behind their home’s energy use, and in an effort to save money and reduce consumption, some citizens switch out light bulbs, windows, appliances and even install additional insulation in their homes. But the question still remains: “Are any of the changes I am making, making a difference?” City of Thomasville Utilities offers customers a way to answer this question through two free services: the HomeEnergyCalculator and in-home energy...



ON-BILL FINANCING: KEEPING UTILITY COSTS DOWN THROUGH IMPROVED EFFICIENCY

Since January 1, 2011, the City of Thomasville’s On-Bill financing program has achieved great success by boosting spending power to qualified Thomasville Utilities customers and putting money into the local economy. The On-Bill financing program began as a $200,000 venture into 0 percent financing for the City of Thomasville. It has since developed into over a million and a half dollar increase to the local community’s spending power, giving many customers the means to go forward with...



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COUNCILMEMBERS SWORN IN AND MAYOR AND MAYOR PRO TEM SELECTED

During Monday night’s City Council meeting, in front of a large audience composed of family members, County Commissioners, citizens and City staff, re-elected incumbent Jay Flowers and newly elected councilmember Terry Scott were sworn in as members of the Thomasville City Council by reciting the Oath of Office.  The Council’s first act in 2016 was then to unanimously vote to elect Greg Hobbs as Mayor and Don Sims as Mayor Pro Tem. The current members of the City Council are as...



CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR CITY SERVICES SCHEDULE

The City of Thomasville offices will be closed December 24 and 25, 2015, and January 1, 2016 in observance of Christmas and the New Year holiday. Because of the holiday observances, some City services will be affected. City services’ schedules are as follows: Energy Control Center Regular 24-hour operational schedule City of Thomasville Residential Refuse For the week of December 21, 2015, residents scheduled for Thursday pick-up will be served Wednesday, December 23, 2015....



CITY LOOKS TO DETENTION PONDS TO HELP REDUCE FLOODING

Beginning in January 2016, City of Thomasville staff will be inspecting rainwater detention facilities to ensure proper function. The network of detention facilities throughout Thomasville plays an important role in stormwater management, particularly regarding flood reduction and prevention. “We’ve completed our stormwater inventory and we’ve found that many of our detention ponds are not adequately being maintained,” said City Engineer Jerry Pionessa. “This means that in heavy...



CITY COUNCIL APPROVES BUDGET FOR 2016

During regular session, the City Council unanimously voted to approve the budget for the 2016 fiscal year. Approved at $131,783,596, the structurally balanced budget includes no revenues from property taxes within its funding. In lieu of property taxes, margins above the cost of providing services are transferred from the City’s utility funds to general government. For FY 2016, the amount of the transfers will be approximately $10 million, an increase of approximately $480,000. These...



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CITY COUNCIL RECOGNIZES SCOUTS DURING MONDAY'S MEETING

Local Scouts Alan Simms, Strong Beverly, and Rich Beverly attended Monday night’s City Council meeting, where they received a warm welcome from the Mayor and the other councilmembers. The Scouts, members of Troops 383 (Alan Simms) and 306 (Strong and Rich Beverly), received words of support and encouragement from the councilmembers, as they strive to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. Throughout the year, Boy Scouts attend City Council meetings in order to satisfy requirements for the...



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2015 COUNCILMEMBER FAREWELL

The City Council informally bid Councilmember and Mayor Emeritus David Lewis farewell during his final meeting on the City Council Monday night. Mr. Lewis has served the community as the District 1, Post 1 representative since 2000. From left: Councilmember Jay Flowers, Mayor Pro Tem Greg Hobbs, Councilmember David Lewis, Mayor Max Beverly, Councilmember Don Simms



DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER

Thomasville Police Department, in conjunction with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, has a message for you: “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” Because the holiday travel peiod is such a dangerous time on Georgia roads, law enforcement agencies statewide will be actively searching for and arresting impaired drivers December 16, 2015 through January 1, 2016. Chief of Police Troy Rich said that each year, many of our citizens take to the roadways in order to be with family and...



THANKSGIVING CITY SERVICES SCHEDULE

The City of Thomasville offices will be closed Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27, 2015 in observance ofThanksgiving. Because of the holiday observance, some City services will be affected. City services’ schedules are as follows: Energy Control Center: Regular 24-hour operational schedule City of Thomasville Residential Refuse: Thursday residential customers will have pick-up Wednesday, November 25. Regular schedule will resume Friday, November 27. Thomas County...



PLANNING DEPARTMENT WINS GICH HOMEOWNERSHIP AWARD

During the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing's October 21st, 10th anniversary celebration, the organization recognized outstanding examples of affordable housing projects/innovations by GICH communities. Communities were invited to submit applications for the following categories: adaptive reuse, affordable rental housing, community outreach and engagement, homeownership, neighborhood revitalization, community transformation and housing innovation. A panel of experts then selected an...



TFR BEGINS CITYWIDE, COMMERCIAL BUILDING FIRE & LIFE SAFETY INSPECTIONS

Thomasville Fire Rescue Fire Marshal Tim Connell and Georgia-certified fire inspectors from both Thomasville Fire Rescue and Gold Star have begun to inspect all commercial properties within Thomasville’s city limits. Fire Marshal Connell said that goal is to educate and empower business owners in order to help them understand how to maintain a safe environment and to also understand how applicable safety mandates apply to their property and/or business. “Most inspections will take...