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City Utility Systems About to Get Close Support Our Troops By CLINT CLAYBROOK Estate Sale October 24 & 25 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 916 Reidsboro Road Williamson, Pike Co. JOMAX Estate Sales Joan DeMarrais 706-637-6365 Suzanne Cook 706-637-8411 Hogansville's water, sewer and electric systems will be checked by experts over the coining mrmths, in an effort to eliminate waste through such things as water leaks, bad sewer or gas lines or electricity that is being used where it shouldn't be or is erroneously billed because of faulty meters. Johnson Controls, a Milwaukee-based company, won approval to do an "in depth audit" of the water and sewer, gas and electric sys- tems, in order to find the "leakage" from those systems that the company contends is costing Hogansville perhaps a quarter-million dollars or more a year. The contract will be "rev- enue neutral" in that the amount saved by the city in a year will off-set what Johnson Controls, which has L4300F 2 l00eel Drive 45 Gross Engine Horse Power. 4CL Diesel Poer Sleering. lndependenl PTO "' it! ()MI 3 I% SIOCK... tsk tboul I:INtNCING IS LOll  , 1.99% Sho,an Bilh Oplion:iU I:rogl.I;nd I,oadi'r aod 4BD %ilh appn'oed u'edil and *1.300 don pamenl. 72 lonnlh Financing @ 4.49% LER. Olher Financing Opliogs Bailable "Otter subject to dealer IflVeetory - Prices subject to 6A Sales tax - Images for Illustration only Waverly H all Farm & Tractor, Inc. 7610 Hwy. 85 Wavcrly Hall, GA 706-582-3194 You "re GoiH4 7"o lake The Way We Sell K.bota Tractors E V E RY'I tl 1 N G YOU VA LU E Financing available on approved credit through Kubata Credit Corparalinn, m VOTE,000000V@TE; 0000VOTE 00:00V@TE0000VOTE m an office in Roswell, would charge to implement the changes it proposes, said Robert Pratt, who is the com- pany representative working with Hogansville. That's the essence of what Pratt, an account executive with Johnson Controls in the Southeast, told the council at its regular Monday night meeting. He said that a preliminary audit of those city systems showed that there is substan- tial "leakage" from all three, and that long-term, if that audit was correct, the city might save millions over sev- eral years. He said the preliminary audit -done by several com- pany engineers over the last six weeks - showed that the city needs new water and sewer system meters, new electric meters and perhaps 15 miles of new gas lines to serve Hogansville cus- tomers. Mayor Wilson St. Clair pointed out that the City Council's action only gives Johnson Controls the author- ity to finish its detailed audit and does not extend beyond that agreement. Integrity, ur citizens. THE COUNCIL will have to come back later to decide whether the company should be approved to go ahead with the changes it recommends. Pratt said the preliminary study showed that Hogansville is probably los- ing: $90,000 a year in water and sewer revenues; $18,000- $24,000 in sales of electrici- ty and $80,000-$90,000 a year in losses due to bad gas lines or meters. The idea to get Controls involved for "leakage" in cit es came from Jimmy Jackson, he met Pratt at a " " association meeting in Savannah and talked other city officials who used the company's to recapture some losses. Pratt said new ing water, gas meters meters monitoring the of electricity could save city thousands. The meters don't even require meter-reader, he said. Based on the audit done by his engineers, Pratt said, changes recommended tially could result in a" tive cash flow" of $400,000 a year for the citY. Callaway Faces Uphill After 21-13 Loss to Jackson By JODY HALE For the past three weeks the Callaway Cavaliers had taken the bull by the horns and snatched victory from defeat with comeback victo- ries and had their playoff des- tiny in their own hands. But with a 21-13 loss to Jackson last Friday, the Cavs now find themselves in a must win situation. They also need help from other teams to make it to post- season play. Callaway (3-3 in region play) is in a dogfight with Lamar County, Rutland, Manchester, and TriTCounty for the fourth and final region 4-AA playoff seed. Each team has two games left and all have at least two losses. The Cavs host 1-6 Crawford County this week and end the regular season at Tri County (2-5) in a finale that has the potential to determine the final playoff spot. After his team put togeth- er a three game win streak, Callaway head coach Claude Giddens is not about to throw in the towel for 2003. "We're very much alive as far as making the play- offs%o, said Giddens. "A win would have made things a lot easier but we haven't taken the easy way out of anything this year. I think our guys will respond like they have all year." Macon (6- Jackson (5-2), and (4-2) have the top three right now and will be in playoffs if they win games. In last week's Callaway was in a position pull of another win. Jackson had taken a 7 lead before Carl scored from one in the fourth q stymied by the defense for the remainder the game. Clantwan Martin ued his fine season by ing 132 yards on Epps added 91 yards to aid the Callaway Tax Man, and His Staff, Cometh E. wanting to pay property taxes," the By CENT CLAYBROOK missioner says in a notice posted at HogansviUe City Hall. For may people, paying taXes is enough .... rhat will be the third stop HI Thomas Pike has 16 always held firm to the l HAS (Honesty, Accountabili, and Service) principles of good government. Cast your vote for good government on November 4th Vote Thomas Pike for your City Councilman, Post 5 g Paid Political Ad. Paid for by Thomas Pike VOTE -"-VOTE VOTe: VOTE of a strain when it has to be done without any help or explanation. Maybe that's why Troup County Tax Commissioner Gary Wood is bringing mem- bers of his staff to Hogansville on Wednesday, Nov. 29 from 9 a.m. until noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. Or perhaps he's literally playing out the old saying that "The Tax Man Cometh." At any rate, Wood and the staff members will be here "for the convenience of people from the commissioner's office: They weft also in Hogansville on Oct 15 and Oct. 29. "They didn't have much success" on 15, a woman in Wood's office told The News on Tuesday. "People tend to put it until closer to the due date." And that day -Nov. 15 - is fast ing for all taxpayers in Troup County. Things are picking up, the woman "We had quite a bit of mail today, and tomers, too." !i!  iil !I ? i,'i,ii )!i!,i i ' , ilii( , , , SCALPEL, PLEASE: At Flint Mrs. Pepper Connell's seniorAdvanced RiverhAcademy iology students Miles Wadswort and Kyle Short (at right) tutor third grade sci- ence lab assistants Kayla Williamson and Scott Porter in the finer points of frog dissection. The integrated classroom unit completed the unit of study on frogs by the 3rd grade teacher Mrs. Lisa Barnes. Chatt-Flint Board of Directors to Meet Oct. The Chattahoochee-Flint Regional Development Center Board of Directors will meet Thursday, Oct. 30 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Regional Development Center in Franklin. This will be a Legislative preview meet- ing. Local legislators from this region been invited. Meetings are open to the public. Please call Kathy at 706-675-6721, to obtain additional information. e Crime Lighter Than Usual, Reports lndicat Continued From Page tA Ransom, 19, of 403 West Boyd Road, he fled and was cap- tured a little while later hid- ing under a house at 106 Askew St., according to a report dealing with that inci- dent. "After Ransom came out from under the house, a water pipe was found leaking under the house" and officers con- cluded that "it is possible that Ransom broke the (pipe)," they, reported. The homeowner asked for a copy of the report to be filed for "insurance reasons," according to police. In an unrelated incident, Ralph T. Mattingley, 64, of 813 East Main St. was arrested for possession of marijuana - les than an anonymous tipster police there was a or intoxicated ing on East Main.  The responding amount of marijuana i Mattingley's shirt pocket dtff" ing a search. He was taken the Troup County Jail, according to that report: