Hill St. Baptist Church Asks Toccoa Commission For Assistance

Hill Street Baptist Church is asking the city of Toccoa for assistance to help the church pay for things lost after a 2011 incident caused major water damage at the church.

Church representatives spoke to Toccoa City Commissioners on Monday.

Back on December 30, 2011, a motorist hit a fire hydrant at the intersection of Whitman and Hill streets, which led to numerous water line breaks, including one that caused water to pour into the basement at Hill Street Baptist Church for several days until the break was found and could be fixed by the city. As a result, the church saw significant water damage.

Monday, church officials told commissioners that the church has used about $19,000 in insurance money and volunteer work to make most of the repairs that were needed to once again use the church basement for its children’s church, which is what the basement was used for previously.

However, the church said it needs the city’s help to finish the job.

Hill Street Baptist Church Board of Trustees Chairman Jerry Walker said that the church would like the city to provide funding to help replace things lost to the water damage that the children’s church still needs.

“What it amounts to is supplies, tables, stuff that had to be thrown out because of the water damage,” said Walker.

The church said it is asking for a total amount of just under $4,900.

City commissioners asked staff to review the request and bring it back to the commission for further discussion at their next meeting on May 20.

Church representatives thanked the city for considering the matter and add that they appreciate all that the city workers did back for the church back when the incident itself happened.

In other action from Monday’s meeting, Toccoa City Commissioners approved a bid for the re-roofing of the downtown passageway.

City commissioners unanimously approved a bid from John’s Roofing at a cost of $14,300.

It was the lowest of two bids submitted for the project.

City officials say that they will use Federal Emergency Management Agency funds to pay for the project.

Meanwhile, city commissioners also unanimously voted to ratify a tower lease agreement with the University of Georgia.

The lease covers the use of a city-owned tower by the University for WUGA-TV.

According to city officials, it is a 25-year agreement split into two 10-year terms and one 5-year term where the monthly lease payment to the city from UGA would increase after the completion of each term.

City commissioners had approved proposing the agreement in February and city officials reported Monday that the university had signed off on it.