2018-03-07 / Front Page

County purchases 2055 Court Square offices


Commission chair June Merritt presents a proclamation to Aspire behavioral health representatives and patients proclaiming March as Development Disabilities Awareness Month. Commission chair June Merritt presents a proclamation to Aspire behavioral health representatives and patients proclaiming March as Development Disabilities Awareness Month. Monday’s County Commission meeting opened with commission chair June Merritt presenting Aspire behavioral health representatives and patients a proclamation proclaiming March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.

The proclamation urges “all citizens to take time to get to know someone with a disability and askWhat’s Your Story?” Every person’s story holds a promise to educate and inspire others.”

County attorney Bill Mills reported that the closing was complete on the building purchase on Court Square. The county purchased the office space on the west side of Court Square from Charles Rice’s Anchor II LLC for $75,000. The duplex office space was formerly the office location for 2055 on one side. The other is occupied by Loan South.

Mills reported that the required notice for call of the TSPLOST referendum appeared in last week’s Early County News. He also noted that a meeting has been scheduled March 14 for attorneys with Blasingame Burch Garrard & Ashley of Athens to discuss opioid litigation.

The commissioners heard a report on the airport by County Administrator Spencer Mueller, serving as interim airport manager, and approved a proposed schedule of hanger fees.

Mueller also discussed the problem with the theater awning which is holding water. He also discussed a proposed road closing near Jakin.

Other items on the administrator’s report included: unpaved roads stabilization workshop; ASPIRE project completed; courthouse HVAC project completed; 503 miles of LMIG centerline roads verified in county; Corps park report completed; a Cello-meter installed at airport (to determine height of cloud ceiling); Howard Landing and Luke Station roads bids in process; and looking at LED sign for theater marque.

Commissioner Merritt read a letter from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency noting that the county EMA, directed by Tony Gentry, had achieved a level of preparation which qualifies the county for a reduced local match for assistance funds subsequent to disaster declarations.

“There are very few counties in Georgia that have satisfied these requirements,” GEMA Director Homer Bryson stated.

Merritt commended Gentry and those who worked with him to achieve that level of preparedness for the citizens of Early County.

A (age) BECR recreation team which claimed a state championship over the weekend was introduced and honored by the commissioners.

Problems with dirt roads leading to churches in the Old Damascus Road are was discussed with citizen representative Wendell Roberts.

The commissioner also renewed an alcoholic beverage license for the Food Mart in Cedar Springs and welcomed Paul Fryer of Bainbridge, a new field representative for Congressman Bishop.

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