Sheriff’s Office to get helicopter landing pad

Published 4:38 pm Friday, June 19, 2009

There will soon be a helicopter landing pad constructed in front of the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Wiley Griffin said the landing pad will serve a number of helicopters that frequently land in the area.

The landing pad will accommodate helicopters from the Georgia State Patrol, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Natural Resources, emergency medical helicopters and helicopters used by the Governor’s Task Force Marijuana Irradiation Program, which flies over the county in search of marijuana being grown.

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Griffin said helicopters that land at the Sheriff’s Office frequently blow debris up that has caused damage to vehicles on the property and the landing pad will help alleviate the problem as well as making landings safer.

Before construction could begin, six pecan trees located at the Sheriff’s Office had to be removed. Griffin said permission for removal of the trees was granted by the City of Bainbridge’s Tree Committee.