9/11 Stair Climb raised nearly $15,000 this year

Published 8:00 am Thursday, September 16, 2021

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Near the end of the LaGrange City Council’s Tuesday night meeting, Katie Van Schoor, the marketing/communications manager for the city of LaGrange, updated the council and meeting attendees on the weekend’s 9/11 Memorial Stair Climbing Challenge.

This past Saturday, the LaGrange Fire Department hosted the event, which brought in 140 participants, and garnered nearly $15,000 for the Terry Farrell Firefighter Fund, which assists firefighters and their families with medical, educational and financial needs.

At the end of the meeting, Van Schoor showed a collaboration video from LFD on the importance of the event, the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

Mayor Jim Thornton complimented the message and offered gratitude on his and the rest of the council’s behalf for their participation.

In other business at the meeting:

The council denied a notice of claim for damages filed on behalf of Jocelyn Ray, the guardian for a minor boy. Per city documents, Hearn was in a potential claim for damages arising from a dog bite incident in June involving LaGrange Police Officer Wendy Bryant, and her K-9 dog. The minor was visiting Bryant’s son and went to see the dog while Bryant’s son was feeding it. The dog bit the minor boy, which required medical attention. The claim will subsequently be forwarded to the insurance carrier in the case, City Manager Meg Kelsey said.

The council also denied a notice of claim for damages filed on behalf of Patricia Hardy. The incident occurred at Tall Pines Apartments and ultimately does not include the city, Kelsey said.

The council passed a resolution concerning a fifth amendment to an intergovernmental contract regarding the conveyance of industrial property adjacent to Upper Big Springs Road. The property is being used for industrial purposes. This amendment is a 60-day extension to the already existing contract, which requires the contractors of the property to put forth a non-refundable $100,000 towards the project.

The council voted to remove the Main Street loading zone outside the Troup County Archives. The loading zone will subsequently be converted into parking spaces. The zone will be blocked off for loading and unloading purposes once a month for the Archives’ use, Kelsey said during the council’s work session Tuesday afternoon.

Dr. Brian Shumate, superintendent of the Troup County School System, was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Ricky Wolfe on the LaGrange Development Authority.