2017-07-12 / Front Page

County works busy agenda Monday night

The Early County Board of commissioner held their July meeting Monday night, postponed from the first Monday due to the July 4th holidays.

In his report to the commissioners, County Administrator Spencer Mueller noted receipt of $169,200 in federal funding, refunding in part $191,000 expenses of Airfield Obstruction Clearing of seven acres, crack sealing, airport marking and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Plan update.

He reported funds for the DOT’s 2018 - 2021 State Transportation Improvement program is $28,319,857. The proposed projects, according to DOT District Planner Dennis Carter, include 12.62 miles of resurfacing of SR 370; 4.18 miles of resurfacing SR 1 Business in Blakely; 17.43 miles of resurfacing of SR 39 between Blakely and Ft. Gaines; 12.97 miles of SR 45; bridge replacement on SR 62 at Breastworks Branch, Dry Creek and Dry Creek overflow; US 84 improvements from SR 370 to Donalsonville; and lump sum funding of $1,000,000 for the Blakely Gateway project.

Economic Development Director Jamey Crozier briefed the commissioners on several project activities, including including the Gateway project, Golden Peanut, Nantze Springs, O’Reiley’s Auto Parts, the dialysis clinic, the DOT district engineering office, White Oak Pastures and the Department of Juvenile Justice offices in the Deal House on College Street.

Blakely Fire Chief Randy McDonald gave the commissioners an update on the Rural Fire Agreement.

He thanked the commissioners for their support, emphasizing the importance of trained volunteer firefighters to the public.

“I’ve been on the department 36 years, and the working relationship is as good as I have seen.”

He noted that in 2016 firefighters responded to 207 calls including: 64 wrecks, six involving extrications; 26 structure fires; 14 vehicle fires; 68 woods and brush fires; eight ag equipment fires; 13 EMS assists and 13 false alarms.

So far in 2017 they have responded to 35 wrecks, including five requiring extrications; 17 structure fires; 28 woods and brush fires; nine EMS assists and nine false alarms.

They also responded to two plane crashes and had extensive call outs to assist with two storm recoveries.

The commissioners approved several agreements and contracts during the meeting.

The board approved a $18,000 bid for auditing services from Garland, Williams & Associates of Albany. The county’s present auditing firm, Geer & Associates, entered a bid of $22,000.

The county approved renewal of the $100 easement lease providing access for Hall Drug’s drive-thru.

The board approved renewal of the $25,000 contract for services with the Blakey-Early County Chamber of Commerce which provides in part office space for the economic development director and use of the chamber’s Alexander Building facilities, and assistance and support of local business and industry and economic development efforts.

They also approved renewal of a $5,000 contract with the Pataula Center for Children for assistance with the center’s services involving child abuse investigations and promoting awareness and prevention of child abuse.

The county also renewed a lease with Max Holman for property on Josh Road used for solid waste collection at $1.00 per year.

The county also approved a resolution adopting updates to the joint comprehensive plan as part of the requirements to maintain “Qualified Local Government Status.”

The county held the first reading of a resolution providing for the adoption of an ordinance providing regulation of vehicular and pedestrian traffic on airport premises.

The board appointed Tammy Storey and Cassidy Enfinger to the Board of Family and Children Services.

The board voted to go into executive session for a personnel matter.

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