Two Summerville Men Face Felony Charges
Monday, 26 September 2016 13:09
Two Summerville men face felony charges for swindling elderly residents for money, according to Chattooga County Sheriff Mark Schrader.
After receiving numerous complaints, investigators discovered the two men allegedly targeted the elderly. Now both Christopher Jay Caldwell, 49, and Scotty Matthew Caldwell, 36, face allegations that they exploited the elderly for money.
The two men are accused of offering to cut shrubs or trees for elderly homeowners for a fee. Often the two Caldwells would ask for part of the money upfront but then never returned to complete the task.
"We received many complaints they were getting money and not returning to do the job. It seemed like all the victims were over 65 years old," Sheriff Mark Schrader said.
The sheriff said some of the elderly victims would not report being scammed. Sometimes a family member would discover the Caldwells' scheme and report it, the sheriff said.
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Lyerly Rolls Back Property Tax Rate
Monday, 26 September 2016 13:08
Lyerly property owners will see their tax rate decline slightly this year.
The town council voted unanimously to drop the property tax rate from 10.514 to 10.20. That was the recommendation of Mayor Josh Wyatt, who said property tax values in the town have risen slightly.
The new tax rate is estimated to generate $50,283.50. That’s only about $400 less than last year. Wyatt said those numbers include the property tax, motor vehicle tax and mobile home tax.
“That’s the first time I remember property values going up in the town,” said Councilwoman Ellen Wyatt. 
The mayor added that because the tax rate was being lowered, there would be no need for a public hearing on the change.
In other news:
* Council voted unanimously to support a resolution offered by the Coosa River Basin Initiative to urge state legislators to review and expand the state’s limited laws governing oil and gas exploration. CRBI spokesman Joe Cook asked for the council’s support at the August meeting. 
* Council discussed its options in applying for a Tillotson Foundation grant.
Council member Gwen Fisher and Ellen Wyatt suggested asking for money to help finish the civic center project on Alpine Street. Mayor Wyatt mentioned the possibility of using the money for improvements at the town’s ball fields. Council will need to come to a decision at its meeting next month.
 
Carroll Takes Less Money Than Previous City Manager
Monday, 26 September 2016 13:02
Tony Carroll says he does not want a big salary to take the Summerville city manager's post.
Tuesday afternoon Carroll, a longtime employee with the city, accepted the council's offer. He will make $78,500 a year, which is less than what previous city manager Russell Thompson earned.
"I told them I did not want the world and the city cannot afford a big, huge city manager's salary. What they offered is plenty enough for me," Carroll said.
The previous city manager made about $87,000 a year.
Not a lot will change when Carroll officially takes the job on Oct. 1. As public works director, Carroll already made about $72,000 a year. He also had a drive-home vehicle and was vested in the city's retirement.
"It was not a big lucrative contract. It was pretty much like what I already have," Carroll said. "I've had a drive-home vehicle since 1993."
Although he still has a large-sized city truck, Carroll wants to get something smaller and assign his former work truck to someone in the utilities department.
"I need something smaller," Carroll said.
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