Yatesville honoring veterans with purchase of paver at Veterans Memorial in Conyers
by Larry Stanford Editor
The Yatesville City Council is doing its part to honor military veterans from the small town. At their council meeting on September 9, the council voted 4-0 to purchase a brick paver to go in the Georgia Veterans Memorial Park in Conyers.
Mayor Cecil Moncrief brought the issue up, stating he had received a letter from the mayor of Conyers.
“They have a Georgia Veterans Memorial Park Foundation,” said Moncrief. “They are putting a park in Conyers for all veterans. They have 4 x 8 pavers with three lines for $100. We could say ‘Yatesville, Ga. salutes its veterans.’”
Mayor Moncrief asked the council if they would be interested in purchasing a paver in honor of local veterans.
“I think we absolutely want to honor our veterans,” said Council member Phyl Gatlin. “I think it is very sweet.”
Following further discussion, Council member Ronnie Riggins made a motion to purchase the $100 paver. Gatlin seconded the motion and it was approved.
In other business, Mayor Moncrief said entries for the city’s annual Computer Raffle at the Yatesville Public Library are coming at a steady pace. In order to promote reading among children, each fall the city holds a computer raffle at the library. To enter the raffle, children have to check out a book.
“Ronnie went and bought a laptop computer for the Library Raffle,” said Moncrief, and everybody who sees it is thrilled with it. They have started qualifying the tickets for the raffle. Connie told they have one boy who comes in every day and checks out a book and goes read it, then he’ll come back and check out another one. He said he is going to do his best to win it this time. But I think it is a good thing and everybody is thrilled with it being a laptop.”
Gatlin reported that work on new city signs is progressing. Gatlin said she and Lisa Minick of Minick Signs have been playing “phone tag” with each other, but Gatlin felt confident that they will soon be in touch.
“What we’re talking about are the new signs for the senior building and for the fire department to replace that sign out at the road,” added Moncrief. “On the road sign, one side is in good shape, but the other side is just deteriorated. I don’t know why the difference, but she is supposed to be replacing it. Lisa also did the sign here above the double windows. She does good work.”
Riggins stated that there are three storm drains near the fire department that are broken and in need of repair.
“There is one at the northeast corner, one at the steps that go down to the walking track, and another one right up from it, close to the propane tank,” said Riggins. “They all have some pieces missing out of them. Somebody is going to step into the one at the corner and break their leg. It has a whole section missing. Those things need to be fixed.”
Riggins added that the pipes are just two-inch pipes cut into section and cemented over, but that the cement is broken.
Following further discussion, Mayor Moncrief suggested Riggins check into getting some cement and they will find some workers to do the repairs.
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