Thanks Latham Sanitation for Caring about Covington!
Latham Home Sanitation, who is responsible for sanitation services in the City of Covington, recently received a phone call from a grateful customer who thanked them for adding him to the curb exempt list. The customer happened to be a Vietnam veteran so driver Bobby Mathis (pictured below with co-worker James Brown) left the customer a note on his trash can that said, "You should not be thanking us for doing our job. We should all be thanking you!” We appreciate the great customer service Bobby!
- On September 1, an unknown black male driving a white Chevrolet Malibu struck a vehicle in the rear on Monticello Street at Pennington Street and left the scene. The vehicle was located by CPD Joe Mobley in the Mill Village. The vehicle was unoccupied and a black male wearing a black mask and gloves was attempting to fix the car to no avail. He then took a pink backpack from the vehicle and ran towards the Housing Authority; he could not be located by law enforcement. The car had been reported stolen earlier in the morning to the Sheriff’s department. Evidence Technician Herrion Ervin was called to the scene to process the vehicle after which it was removed by K2 towing.
- On September 3, Sgt. Martin met with a female on Usher Street at Hendricks where she stated that she had been on Old Atlanta Hwy in her dump truck headed into town. She stated that she accidentally cut a vehicle off and when she was stopped on Emory Street at Hwy, 278, the vehicle pulled up to her passenger side. At that time, the driver of the 2006 Honda Accord yelled to Jackson stating next time he would kill her while pointing a black pistol at her. She described the driver as a Hispanic male wearing sunglasses with a mustache and slender build in his early 50’s. This case was turned over to CID.
- On September 4, Officer Hutchison responded to an argument/fight at Brown Bridge Road and Turner Lake Road. None of the parties involved wanted to press any charges. However, the male driver was driving his vehicle with an open container; he was cited for having an open container in his vehicle.
- On September 6, Officer Holbrook conducted a traffic stop on Monticello Street/Hwy. 36. A search of the vehicle revealed a trafficking amount of methamphetamine and mushrooms. The male subject was arrested and taken to the NCSO jail. Warrants for trafficking were taken on the subject. He was also suspected of being a major seller of narcotics in the city.
- On September 6, CPD officers responded to an accident with injuries on I-20 eastbound at the 91-mile marker. Three vehicles were involved in the wreck resulting in one subject being life flighted to Atlanta Medical Center and a seven-year-old child was taken to Egleston Hospital with minor injuries. I-20 eastbound was shut down approximately two hours and the accident was investigated by Georgia State Patrol.
CID Sgt. Allan Seebaran examined Person Crimes and Property Crimes CID detectives worked for August 31, 2020 to September 6, 2020 and compared them with the previous two years. He found the following results:
- PERSON CRIMES: From August 31 – September 6, 2018, there were three reported person crimes; from August 31 – September 6, 2019, there were 13 reported person crimes; and from August 31 – September 6, 2020, there were 10 reported person crimes. There was a 333% increase (from three to 13) in reported person crimes from August 31 – September 6, 2018 to August 31 – September 6, 2019. There was a 23% decrease (from 13 to 10) in reported person crimes from the same date range from 2019 to 2020. There was a 233% increase (from three to 10) in reported person crimes from August 31 – September 6, 2018 to August 31 – September 6, 2020.
- PROPERTY CRIMES: From August 31 – September 6, 2018, there were 33 reported property crimes; from August 31 – September 6, 2019, there were 18 reported property crimes; and from August 31 – September 6, 2020, there were 21 reported property crimes. There was a 45% decrease (from 33 to 18) in reported property crimes from August 31 – September 6, 2018 to August 31 – September 6, 2019. There was a 16% increase (from 18 to 21) in reported property crimes from the same date range from 2019 to 2020. There was a 36% decrease (from 33 to 20) in reported property crimes from August 31 – September 6, 2018 to August 31 – September 6, 2020.
C-Shift worked a vehicle fire on I-20.
- FMO Canady back from four weeks at GPSTC.
- FMO Fuqua working on suppression.
- FMO Canady working on completing ten investigations to be accepted into Arson 2.
- Completed four plan reviews.
- Completed one final inspection.
- Completed three compliance inspections.
- Monthly recognition memo: September birthdays/years of service
- Compiled and submitted weekly report for CFD
- Ordered office/station supplies
- Uploaded July incidents to FEMA bulk import site
- Approved invoices and purchase orders in BSA
The Covington Fire Department hosted two classes taught by Todd Edwards: No Fear Leadership and Breaking Barriers (an autism awareness course). All attendees followed social distancing guidelines.
911 Director Trudy Henry and 911 Operations Manager Anessa Westmoreland conducted a luau themed Question and Answer Session for A and B Team rotation. Special thanks to City of Covington Human Resources, Covington Fire Department, Covington Police Department, Covington Police Officer Matt Cooper and Newton County Sheriff’s Office for donating door prizes for this event. Also, thank you to Motorola Solutions for donating a Chick-fil-A box meal for all employees on-duty.
- Completed 25 lighting service orders
- Installed two LED lights
- Completed three low line service orders
- Disconnected and removed a service- demolition
- Disconnected/reconnected two services for maintenance
- Reconnected a service
- Completed two temporary and three permanent power service orders
Pictured: Cardale Williams working in Welsh, Louisiana
- Completed a limb on the line service order
- Replaced an underground transformer due to a car accident
- Completed six outage/trouble calls
- Continued the Covington Legends project - installation of conduit
- Continued the Covington Town Center -termination of wire
- Pulled/installed wire to the sound stages at Three Ring Studios
- Four line personnel and two ROW personnel continued working in Welsh, LA (Hurricane Laura) until Saturday evening, September 5
Pictured: Cameron Rusk working to restore power in Welsh, Louisiana
- Completed two inspections and unlock requests.
- Completed thirty-three cathodic protection readings and eleven rectifier inspections.
- Completed one service call.
- Assisted with installation of a new card reader at the CNG facility.
- Thirty-three meters were painted.
- Seasonal maintenance was completed on two district regulator stations.
- Two new services were installed.
- Three measure for service requests completed.
- Retired one service for demolition.
- Jeremy Roden continued inspections on emergency valves.
Pictured: A remote pressure recorder installed by Jeremy Roden.
- Zoom meeting with representative of the Covington Housing Authority concerning potential easements for trails.
- Meeting at Legion Field with Eagle Scout to finalize locations for benches to be installed in September.
- Gathered final pricing for materials to be used in projects at Covington Central Park.
- Assessed grant opportunities for Central Park.
- Scheduled a meeting to explore the construction of a soccer complex at Covington Central Park.
- Reviewed Cricket Frog Trail Master Plan with the PATH Foundation.
- Resumed work on the paving of the Cricket Frog Trail.
Tourism, Downtown and Marketing
- Community Development team meeting
- Meeting with Rhyme and Reason Design
- Locations tour with Legacies’ location scouts
- Attended the Georgia Tourism Summit virtually
- Processed filming application for Southern Gospel
- Compiled weekly report
- Updated social media and website
As we continue to trend in the right direction with COVID-19 cases, we strongly encourage people to observe the guidelines recommended by the health departments and state including wearing a mask in public; practice social distancing which means staying at least six feet apart; and don't forget to wash your hands!
On the most recent call with Gwinnett Newton Rockdale Health Departments and Piedmont Newton, we received the following COVID-19 statistics:
- Cases: 290,794
- Deaths: 6,248
- Median age of those with COVID-19: 39
- Death Rate: 2.5 percent
Newton County Statistics
- Cases: 2,418
- Deaths: 74
- Hospital Rate: 10 percent
- Median Death Age: 81
Please follow the recommendations on the Governor's "Four Things for Fall" list: