Madison County commissioners have a number of roads they want to see paved or resurfaced in the county. And the group will have some funding in 2014 to make several projects a reality.
On Monday, the board voted on what roads are first on the list. The district commissioners put forth one road in their district to be funded through the 2014 Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant (LMIG) program through the Georgia Department of Transportation.
The initial roads that will get attention with LMIG funding are Aderhold Rogers Road, with an estimated cost of $235,000; Young Harris Road, $215,000; Spratlin Mill Road, $290,000; Transco Road, $290,000; and Moriah Church Road, $280,000.
The projected total cost for these projects is $1.3 million.
Commissioner Jim Escoe was absent due to an illness in the family, but BOC chairman Anthony Dove said Escoe had requested Moriah Church Road be paved in its dirt portions and resurfaced on previously paved areas. Commissioners also agreed that Transco Road needs to be widened.
The LMIG grant for next year is just over $586,000. This includes a required 30-percent match in funding by the county, meaning Madison County must pitch in at least $152,000 to receive the state grant.
Dove said the board had to turn in a 2014 LMIG project list to the DOT by the end of the year. So, the board had to put five roads forward Monday, but the group also emphasized that several other road paving and resurfacing projects may also be tackled in 2014.
Money for additional projects will begin rolling in next year. The group will begin receiving 2014 special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) money for roads in July of next year. Likewise, Dove said the board can apply early for 2015 LMIG funding in July and move forward with other projects.
Other roads that are top priorities for the commissioners include Frank Bird Road, Rock Quarry Road, New Haven Church Road, Davids Holmes Church Road, New Town Church Road and a curve on Colbert-Danielsville Road.
BOARD APPROVES ‘BROAD RIVER WATER TRAIL’ RESOLUTION
In another matter Monday, the board approved a resolution to establish a “Broad River Water Trail.” Broad River Watershed Association (BRWA) members have said the trail is basically the equivalent of a hiking trail. The establishment of the trail will include improved access points along the river, better parking and informational kiosks about river safety and preservation. BRWA leaders note that rivers are a tremendous source of tourism dollars in the state and that improved access could lead to more local business dollars. They also say that the more people enjoy the river, the more inclined they are to protect it.
Dove said the county attorney amended the resolution to make sure the county government is not taking on any liabilities in approval of the resolution. Other counties traversed by the river are also being asked to sign on to the resolution.
In other matters Monday, the board approved a lease/purchase agreement with the Collins Volunteer Fire Department to replace a tanker at the cost of $11,500. The agreement with the county government allows the fire department to acquire the tanker without paying sales taxes.
The board approved several renewal agreements for services used by the EMS department, such as maintenance of cardiac monitors and stretchers. The board also agreed to allow the EMS department to seek a grant for three new cardiac monitors. This includes a 10-percent matching requirement by the county if the grant is approved. That cost would be just over $7,700. The board approved a rezoning request from Charles and Rebecca Dinsmore that will allow them to place an additional home site on their property. The group approved the following jail expansion committee members: Lamar and Melanie Houston, sheriff Kip Thomas, county engineer Phil Munro, along with road department and building and grounds director Alan Lapczynski. Commissioners Stanley Thomas and Mike Youngblood are also on that committee, which met Wednesday morning — see next week’s issue for coverage of that meeting. The board approved 15 beer and wine license renewals, also agreeing to allow Dove to sign off on another when proper paperwork is received. The group approved another term on the board of assessors for Ralph McCay and approved a speed limit of 35 mph on Charlie Bolton Road.