Winder cops reach out to communit

WINDER — The Winder Police Department, now headed by acting interim chief Maj. Jim Fullington, has a couple of community-friendly initiatives in store for the Christmas season.

On Saturday, underprivileged children will enjoy Christmas with a Cop at the Winder Target store. According to Fullington, each child will be paired up with an officer, and the two will shop for gifts.

At the end of the shopping spree, the officer will pay for the items selected by the child.

“We’ll be in a convoy with lights and sirens on the way to the store,” Fullington said. “This is a really big deal to the kids.”

Also on Saturday, Winder police officers will escort a convoy of about 200 Jeeps through the city on a 60-mile route that begins in Jefferson and ends at Courtesy Jeep in Conyers. At the end of the ride, children will enjoy inflatables and meet Santa. All riders will be treated to a visit from the Marines, and hot dogs and hamburgers will be served.

The Stockers to Lockers ride, as the annual Jeep event is named, benefits Toys for Tots. For more information or to join in the ride, call Rusty Huggins at 678-210-2509.

Fullington apologizes to mayor, council

Fullington also took the opportunity Tuesday to apologize to Mayor David Maynard and council members for the “events of the past 30 to 45 days,” a reference to a testing irregularity situation that resulted in former chief Dennis Dorsey’s resignation, Fullington’s temporary suspension, and three other resignations.

Fullington, who was cleared of any wrongdoing in the cheating scandal, then read a letter of recommendation into the record, addressed to Lt. Rob Curott. Curott took on a great deal of additional responsibility during the weeks of uncertainty following Nov. 1. In the letter, Curott was praised for his strength, stability and sacrifice during a time of trial for the Winder PD.

Currently, city leaders are in the process of hiring a new police chief.

Additional streetscape expense, fire truck purchase approved

Additional expenses totaling $161,269.13 were approved Tuesday, costs that include paving, sidewalks, landscaping and other improvements along Athens Street, Candler Street and Midland Avenue.

A fire truck purchase totaling $490,103 (10 year financing at 2.53 percent interest) was approved during Tuesday’s council meeting, also.

Officials pave way for redevelopment, CIDs

A resolution was passed Tuesday, authorizing the local delegation to introduce legislation at the 2014 Georgia Regular Session that provides for a referendum in Winder to exercise redevelopment powers.

A second resolution was passed that allows initiation of the creation of Community Improvement Districts in Barrow County and each of its municipalities.