Indigent criminal suspects in Thomaston will soon have a former chief justice of the Griffin Judicial Circuit on their side in court. At their June 17 meeting, the Thomaston City Council approved a new indigent defense service agreement with the English Law Group, which consists of former chief justice Pascal English and his son, Heath English.
Previously, the city had a contract with the state’s Indigent Defense Council, but City Manager Patrick Comiskey explained the reason for the new agreement.
“For several years, we’ve been using the Indigent Defense Council through the State of Georgia,” the city manager said. “Their costs were going to go up significantly this year, and the English Law Group approached us about taking it over at the same rate that we’re currently paying. If any council member knows of any attorneys interested in taking this agreement on, have them contact me and we’ll consider in January about putting it out for bid next year.”
The English Law Group agreed to provide the service for a $48,000 base fee.
Council member Gary Atwater made a motion to approve the new contract. Mayor Pro Tem Doug Head seconded and it was approved, 5-0.
In other business, the council approved a professional services agreement with Atkins North America to perform engineering and other associated work for replacement of the Greenwood Road and Avalon Road sanitary sewers. Comiskey said the replacement project is expected to be over $500,000 and the engineering fees to be up to $99,000.
Council member Don Greathouse made a motion to approve the agreement. Council member Patsy Perdue seconded the motion and it was approved, 5-0.
The county also authorized the City Manager to spend up to $85,000 for the replacement of an eight-inch sewer line, starting just below Olympia Drive and heading down to Town Branch sewer trunk line. Greathouse made the motion, Head seconded it, and it was approved, 5-0.
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