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Montgomery County Commission Names Milton Fountain County Works Director

In its regular session on April 12, the Montgomery County Commission adopted a resolution appointing Roads Superintendent Milton Fountain to a new position. Fountain will serve as the County Works Director, a post that merges the supervision of Roads, Solid Waste and Building and Grounds Departments. The Commission set Fountain’s salary at $55,000 annually. The creation of the new post and the consolidation of departments will streamline projects and facilitate efficiency in delivery of services, said County Manager Brandon Braddy.

A native of Montgomery County, Fountain has served as Roads Superintendent since 2013.

In other business, the Commission heard from local resident Mary Evans who spoke during the public comments session. She brought to the commissioners’ attention an incident on February 14 involving a neighbor’s four Rottweilers that broke through her fence and attacked and killed her 150-pound Great Pyrenees. Four weeks later the same dogs broke into her property again. She presented commissioners a copy of the “Official Code of Georgia Annotated” which concerns “provisions relating to dangerous and vicious dogs.” Citing the document, which she referred to as the “Responsible Dog Ownership Law” passed in 2012, Evans said, “If Montgomery County had been in compliance with this law, in all likelihood the attack on my dog, not to mention other attacks throughout the county, would not have happened.” She asked the Commission to “immediately appoint a dog control officer and put into practice the requirements of this law.”

Evans noted, “No one whose pet or other animal, or God forbid, whose child has been attacked by a vicious dog should have to hear there is nothing we can do. How many attacks go unreported for this very reason? I encourage the commissioners to read this law carefully and to take appropriate action.” The Commission received the information but did not make comments or take action.

The Commission received reports from various departments. Emergency Medical Services answered 104 calls during the month of March and reported that its new ambulance is expected to arrive in the next two to three weeks. EMA/Rural Fire reported that 13 calls were answered in March, the Tarrytown Fire Department would be hosting an extrication class, and COVID numbers were down in the county with only two new cases reported in the last six weeks. The Roads Department responded to 55 calls in March. The Commission approved an agreement with Kelly Consulting, LLC, for grant writing services for all county departments as they relate to emergency services and public safety at $500 per month. Also approved was an agreement with Republic Services for collection and disposal of the county’s solid waste at $119.50 per load.

The Commission also updated its rules and regulations for the Solid Waste Collection and Recycling Centers. Signs will be posted on site to advise the public of new requirements, including what may and may not be disposed of at the centers.

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