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Local News Summary - September 15, 2021 Edition

20th Anniversary 9/11 Memorial Run & Dinner
The country has not forgotten those who lost their lives in the Sept. 11 attack on this nation 20 years ago, and neither have those living, locally. Some 343 firefighters and paramedics sacrificed their lives during the attack, and Tri-Township Fire Department hosted a 20th Anniversary 9/11 Memorial Run & Dinner.

Riders and drivers of motorcycles, classic cars and Jeeps united for a scenic 150-mile ride in memory of the fallen. The ride was followed by a barbecued pork dinner at the fire department, which was served by firefighters and was also open to those not participating in the ride.

Trophies were presented for Best of Show, and cash and door prizes were also awarded. A hot dog lunch was made available before the ride. Proceeds from the event will help pay for self-contained breathing apparatus equipment or Air Packs for the volunteer fire department that continues to serve the area.

County commissioners developing standard wage and salary guide
County commissioners are still determining a standard wage and salary guide for county employees. At the regular county board meeting on Sept. 8, commissioners indicated two different proposals are being merged for presentation at the regular Sept. 22 board meeting.

Commissioner Don Edwards, county board chair, said he does not like one of the proposals, because it calls for built-in periodic raises.

“Time after time, we have no money and no raises are given,” Commissioner Edwards explained. “We give raises once per year based on the money we have.”

Much discussion took place about whether Commissioner Edwards was trying to override a decision made by county board members at a previous meeting. However, Commissioner Robert Stacey clarified no final decision will be made until the budget director presents a proposal on Sept. 22 that represents parts of both proposals already submitted.

Briley Township considering noxious weed ordinance
Board members for Briley Township are considering a noxious weed ordinance. At the regular Sept. 8 township board meeting, Phil LaMore, township clerk, said an attempt at an ordinance by the previous township board failed because it was “too broad.”

According to LaMore, the ordinance should pertain to properties visible to those passing through town, because those are the properties that leave visitors with an impression of Atlanta. The allowable height for grass, he said, should be limited.

“We would have to make sure we can afford to enforce it,” said Ken Werner, township supervisor. “You would think people would have enough pride to just keep up with it.”

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