Former council member voices concerns


THOMASVILLE — A former Thomasville City Council member praised city council Monday and expressed concern about a situation reported to him.

Terry Scott, former council member who also served as mayor pro tem, told the council he has been contacted by residents about being harassed in the Belk parking lot at Gateway Shopping Center.

Large gatherings are taking place in the parking lot, particularly on Friday and Saturday nights, said Scott, a Thomasville minister.

"They want to know if anything can be done about it," Scott said, after the council meeting.

Maj. Shane Harris, Thomasville Police Department patrol commander, said he has seen young people hanging out in the Belk parking and at a parking lot at a nearby restaurant, but is not aware of problem situations.

He will look into harassment complaints and increase patrols if necessary.

"The citizens' concerns are our concerns," Harris said.

Scott told council members the city "has done a great job during this pandemic."

In reference to Weston Park improvements, he said, "That's something that has been well past due."

He asked the council about the status of Fletcherville improvements and a sidewalk on Old Albany Road from Villa North to Madison Street.

Mayor Greg Hobbs told Scott he could obtain specifics about the projects from City Manager Alan Carson.

After the meeting, Scott said flooding was a problem in the Fletcherville area of the city. Sidewalks, curb and gutter and street resurfacing have helped correct the flooding problem. Sidewalks on other nearby streets are part of the Phase I work, he added.

The former council member wants to know the status of Phase II of the Fletcherville project. 

Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820 

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