Warner Robins council helps fund independence day event | News
A staple summer event in Warner Robins is a step closer to happening, and some local athletes got top honors. Those were a couple of business matters knocked out at a city council meeting Monday night.
Council voted to give $30,000 to the Downtown Development Authority to start planning this year's Independence Day celebration.
"The real thing it will help us start is fundraising; the more money we can raise, the more opportunity we have to not only have a larger fireworks display, but also attract bigger name artists," explains Ken McCall, chairman of the Downtown Development Authority.
It's the same amount council has set aside each year for the event, but last year they spent a little more than they bargained for, because the event was rescheduled twice due to rain. Mayor Randy Toms says that's not going to happen this year.
"Its a one time shot at it, so if we're not able to have it that night then the way I understand is we'll just cancel it and move on to next year," says Toms.
If the weather doesn't allow for the event the money raised will go into a fund for the following year's Independence Day celebration. Mccall says the city still needs sponsors to make the celebration happen. Their goal is $120,000, and right now they have $30,000.
A date for the event hasn't been set yet.
New Thermal Cameras for the Fire Department
Council approved purchasing nine new thermal imaging cameras for the city's fire department. They have a few older models that weigh about 12 lbs, but Chief Robert Singletary says not only are the new ones lighter, they're half the price.
"The new ones we are getting are probably one or two pounds. They've got a lot better technology, and they allow us to see through smoke basically," says Singletary.
Firefighters use the cameras to detect changes in body temperature. That'll help them find victims or hot spots inside walls. Councilman Mike Davis says the $43,000 for the cameras will be funded by the Special Local Option Sales Tax.
"It's something to help provide safety for our citizens and not only our citizens but our firefighters, "says Davis.
Recognizing Local Basketball Teams
Mayor Randy Toms and city council recognized the Warner Robins High basketball team for their second place finish in GHSA AAAAA, as well as the Sharks wheel chair basketball team for taking home the state title.