If the County Commission hadn’t privatized garbage collection, Frenchie could have registered his complaint about garbage falling off trucks through the new turnkey government website service once it’s online. No mention of the annexation request by the City of Hahira from the Work Session.
Commissioner Powell noted the three SPLOST VII projects were “a direct reinvestment into the community of those funds”. The road resurfacing of four roads is actually mostly from a GDOT LMIG grant, but the other three, shoulder paving on Val Del Road and Boring Pond Road and a bridge replacement on Cat Creek Road are all from SPLOST VII funds. Plus some trucks for Animal Control and tablets for the Fire Department, an alcohol license, and some alphabet-soup agreements, one of which turned out to be for a grant for a victim advocate position in the Solicitor General’s office.
LOWNDES COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
WORK SESSION, MONDAY, MARCH 24, 2014, 8:30 a.m.
REGULAR SESSION, TUESDAY, MARCH 25, 2014, 5:30 p.m.
327 N. Ashley Street — 2nd Floor
- Call to Order
- Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag
- Youth Leadership Exploration and Development
- Minutes for Approval
Video. Approved unanimously with no changes.
- Public Hearing
- Beer, Wine, and Liquor — Ishva Liquor — 1405 N St. Augustine Rd
Video. A new establishment for a change. Approved unanimously.
- For Consideration
- CivicPlus Service and License Agreement
- VOCA-Funded VWAP Personnel Application
- Tablets for Fire/Rescue
Video. Eighteen tablets for use by fire and rescue, with installation, etc., one bid, $1,374 each, or $24,732 from Hasty’s Communication of Brunswick, GA. See Work Session for details. Unanimously approved.
- Resurfacing of Four County Roads
Video. County Engineer Mike Fletcher said the bids were for Cat Creek Road, Old Valdosta Road (full depth reclamation), Van Elle Drive (?), Old Quitman Road. LMIG grant from GDOT, $809,752.10. County will be responsible for $254,378.90 as 30% match. Four vendors at pre-bid. Two bids, low bid from Reames and Son for $1,064,131. No clue who the other bid was from or how much it was. See also Work Session. Unanimously approved.
- Shoulder Paving for Val Del Road
Video. County Engineer Mike Fletcher said less than in the Work Session, when he said this was the first SPLOST VII project. It’s for Val Del Road from GA 122 down to North Valdosta Road widen from 10 foot to 11 foot travel lane plus 1 foot paved shoulder. Four vendors at pre-bid. Two bids received. Low bid from Scruggs Co. for $949,493.85. Again no clue who the other bidder was or for how much. Unanimously approved.
- Paving on Boring Pond Road
Video. County Engineer Mike Fletcher said would go from Old Lake Park Road to Carter Road. Four at prebid, two bids received, low bid from Reames and Son $756,900.46. At the Work Session he said they would probably start grubbing and clearing in April, with base work in 3-4 months. 80 foot right of way. Commissioner Powell remarked Tuesday that this would make a whole lot of folks happy. Unanimously approved.
Nobody seemed to have noticed that: 80 foot right of way, wider than the county’s previously already too wide 60 foot right of way. Why?
- Replacement of Beatty Branch Bridge on Cat Creek Road
Video. County Engineer Mike Fletcher more or less the same as in the Work Session, which was that this was on a list that GDOT sent of bridges needing replacement, 120 feet long, 32 feet wide, open by 1 August 2014 to avoid school bus detours. There were 8 or 9 at prebid, but only one bid received, from Southern Concrete, for $536,500. Will be a prefabricated bridge, delivered, pieces bolted together. Unanimously approved.
Video. Commissioner Crawford Powell remarked that the last three bids were funded due to the voters’ support for SPLOST VII, he referred to it as “a direct reinvestment into the community of those funds”.
- Bid for (2) ¾ Ton HD Trucks for Animal Control and (1) Chase Mounted Animal Control Box
Video. 3 Bids:
- Landale Ford for 2015 Ford 250 XL total $62,240
- Wade Ford for 2015 Ford 250 regulars total $63,532
- Cass Burch 2014 Ram 2500 heavy duty $69,821
Unanimously approved the low bid from Langdale Ford.
- Reports-County Manager
- Citizens Wishing to be Heard Please State Name And Address
- Garbage falling off trucks –S. W. Frenchie DePasteur
Video. A long-time Commission attendee noted that he had frequently seen garbage falling off of ADS trucks (the company to which the Commission gave the Exclusive Franchise), and one time he called ADS about it he was not treated well.