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Retiring city employees honored

BAINBRIDGE CITY MANAGER Chris Hobby, left, and mayor Edward Reynolds right, honor retiring city employees for their years of dedicated service. Employees are James Brock, second from left, Ronnie Parrish, third from left, Tommy King, fourth from left, and John Handsford, fifth from left. Former Fire Chief Dennis Mock is not pictured.

The honoring of five city retirees with a total of 178 years of service highlighted Tuesday’s Bainbridge City Council meeting at City Hall.

They were Dennis Mock, who had 40 years of service with the fire and public safety departments; Tommy King, who had 38 years of service with the public works department; James Brock, who had 37 years of service with the fire and public safety department; John Handsford, who had 34 years of service with the fire and public safety departments and Ronnie Parrish, who had 29 years of service with the utilities department.

Mayor Edward Reynolds expressed his appreciation to all the honorees for being such loyal and dedicated city employees through the years.

In other action, the council voted unanimously to approve Mrs. Jammie Allen’s request to annex her home at 108 River Oaks Drive into the city so she can receive water service.

Bainbridge City Manager Chris Hobby told council that water was available to the property.

Council also unanimously approved an ad valorem millage rate of 5.575 mills.

City Manager Hobby explained that the county tax digest valued property in the city at a little over $1.1 million more than last year, but that since the state allows the millage rate to stay revenue-neutral, it was able to stay basically the same.

The city also approved an license to sell beer for off-premises consumption for Michael Denton, who lives in Milton, Ga., for the Raceway at 1418 Tallahassee Highway. The vote to approve was 5-1, with Councilwoman Roslyn Palmer voting no.