According to Councilwoman Linda Sledge Johnson and reports from the Fairmount Police Department, Matthew Patters, 18, of Fairmount, was charged with interference of government property following damage done at Fairmount’s ball parks.
Damage included broken fences and gang related graffiti spray-painted on walls. Graffiti included “Eastside Gang” and the initials “ESG” in the dug out areas.
Patterson pled guilty last month and received 12-months probation, $610 fine, $300 restitution, and 40 hours of community service.
In other Fairmount news, Police Chief Chuck Butler participated in the 2011 Annual Winter Training Conference sponsored by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police. It was held at the Omni Hotel in Atlanta January 24 through January 26 and included such topics as “A Review of the DC Sniper Case,” “National Suspicious Activity Report/SARs,” “Rapid-ID Project,” “Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Update,” “Battlefield to Badge, Transistionaing Returning Veterans to Civilian Police Forces,” “Domestic Terrorism and Sovereign Citizens,” “Traffic Safety Management,” “Character and Cops –Ethics in Policing.”
Fairmount news in brief:
The city will recognize local volunteers at a ceremony on Feb. 23, 5p.m., at the Fairmount Community Center. Congressman Tom Graves will be the speaker. This program is part of the Presidential Service Program that recognizes individuals and families for their community service.
The city council awarded a contract to Gordon County Fence for $5,888 to repair fencing around both ball fields.
The city council reserved Oct. 31, 2011, a Monday, for Halloween at Tate Park.
They also voted to allow Teddy Lapaquette to organize a community gardening spot to be located behind the old doctor’s clinic. The program is part of Blue Cross/Blue Shield’s Wellness Point service program where volunteers come together to work on a community project. Past projects included planning flowers around Tate Park. This initiative will allow residents of Fairmount to have a place to plant a garden if their yards are not suitable. E, I plan to do a follow-up, but this was all the information she had together. She only needed approval to use the clinic and hadn’t made any “real” plans beyond that. . .
The council agreed to allow Vickie Spence with United Way to use the community center in conjunction with Memorial Day at Tate Park.
Mayor Harry Pierce updated the council on extending the water line to Fire Tower Road. About 1,400 foot of line is down, but recent weather has delayed the project.