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Sen. Tolleson Offers Mechanism to Fund Water Projects

Sen. Ross Tolleson (R-Perry) has introduced a bill that creates new options for financing water projects in communities throughout the state. 

That is according to a Senate Press Office news release.

The Georgia Public/Private Water Supply Act of 2011 (Senate Bill 122) will allow state and local governments to voluntarily partner with private investors on the construction of reservoirs and other water infrastructure projects.

Museum of Aviation Holds 6th Golf Tournament in Memory of Robert L. Scott Jr.

Museum of Aviation Holds 6th Golf Tournament in Memory of Robert L. Scott Jr.

The Museum of Aviation Foundation will hold the sixth Annual Brig. Gen. Robert L. Scott, Jr. Memorial Golf Scramble April 15, 2011 at Healy Point Country Club in Macon. 

February 27 will mark five years since the famed World War II flying ace from Macon Georgia passed away less than two months before his 98th birthday.  

“Scott’s memory lives on in Middle Georgia,” said Pat Bartness, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Foundation. 

“This tournament honors Macon’s true hometown hero whose legacy will forever be enshrined at the Museum of Aviation.”  Last year, in honor of General Scott, the Museum of Aviation named its newest hangar the Scott Exhibit Hangar.

Flint Energies Announces April 1 Rate Change for Some Members, Not Residential

While Flint Energies’ residential rate will remain steady at the current 9.5 cents per kilowatt-hour, the Board of Directors have taken action to make changes in several rate schedules, effective Apr. 1, 2011.

About 7100 members billed under the Small General Service rate (FSGS-20) which covers businesses under 20 kilowatts (kW) of demand will see a slight increase in their costs as the base charge moves from $20 to $22 per month, a Flint Energies news release says. Their energy charge will remain the same.

Flint Energies Searches for Members Owed Refunds

Flint Energies is searching for 14,000 members that are owed capital credit refunds. 

Capital credits are somewhat similar to the dividends paid to shareholders of investor-owned utilities except the cooperative’s shareholders are also the member-consumers that it serves. 

The “dividends” (capital credits) are distributed to Flint’s member-consumers, a Flint Energies news release says.

In the fall of each year, Flint Energies refunds capital credits.  Current active members due a refund received a credit on their Flint bill.  Members that no longer get their electric service from Flint are mailed a check.  Flint most recently refunded capital credits for the years 1981-1982 and half of 1983.

Due to the transient nature of Flint’s membership base, many former members have moved away from Flint’s service area without leaving a forwarding address. 

Open Ceremony for Landfill Gas to Energy Plant

The opening ceremony for the Houston County Landfill Gas to Energy Plant will take place on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at the Houston County Landfill located at 2080 Hwy. 247 South between Warner Robins and Hawkinsville.

This renewable energy generation project is a partnership between Houston County, Flint Energies and Power Secure.  The project will generate electricity from methane gas collected at the landfill, the news release says.

The opening ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 5.

The Houston County landfill is located at 2080 Hwy. 247 South.

Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Recycle your used Christmas tree during The Great Christmas Tree Round-Up on Saturday, Jan. 8 in Warner Robins on Maple St.

The event will run from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. and is sponsored by Flint Energies and hosted by Keep Warner Robins Beautiful.

Trees can be dropped off anytime after Christmas; but if dropped off on Jan. 8, a free tree seedling will be given to people in exchange for their recycle Christmas tree.

Vegetable Gardening Class Scheduled for February

A vegetable gardening class will be offered to area homeowners who want guidance on planning and planting a spring garden.

The class, Vegetable Gardening 101, will be offered on Feb. 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The UGA Houston County Extension Office will host the class in the Extension Office Multipurpose Room, located on the top floor of the old courthouse in Perry.

The class costs $10 per person.

UGA Extension Agent Willie Chance will discuss seed propagation, soil preparation, plant selection and planting techniques.

Registrants must pre-register and prepay before 5 p.m. on Feb. 18.

Call 478-987-2028 for a registration form, or download one here.