Childs will seek another term
District 1 Grady County Commissioner Elwyn Childs has spent a lifetime serving others.
The veteran county commissioner announced this week he will seek election to another four-year term. Childs is in his 16th year of serving on the board during his current tenure, having served 18 years in the 1970s and 80s before coming off the board.
“My health is good and I have the time and desire to serve. I would appreciate the opportunity to continue serving my friends and neighbors in District 1,” Commissioner Childs said Monday.
If re-elected, Childs said he wants to see the Tired Creek Lake project completed at long last, but said he also has other goals he would like to accomplish.
“I would love to see the county do something with its solid waste program, to get it more centralized and having more manned sites. We could do one at a time to see how it works,” Childs said.
Previous efforts to consolidate the number of county dump sites have failed.
Childs said another focus is improvements to Old Hwy. 179. “This is a road that desperately needs to be resurfaced. I want to see us do something about it,” he said.
The District 1 commissioner said he will also continue to encourage local residents to support passage of future Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax referendums. “Each time it comes up for renewal we need the people to support it. The SPLOST provides money that allows us to do things we otherwise could not afford to do,” Commissioner Childs said.
With continued support of SPLOST, Childs said the county can better keep a hold on property taxes. “We always want to do whatever we can to hold the line on ad valorem taxes,” he added.
The veteran commissioner describes the current board as one “that works well together.” “We have good cooperation between the current board members and I’ve enjoyed working with those elected to serve,” Childs said.
The retired farmer is now associated part time with Clark Funeral Home. He and his wife, Yvonne, have four children and six grandchildren.