At a recent Jackson County Board of Commissioners meeting, the board approved paying a consulting service for the procurement of a new public safety communication system.

The board agreed to pay TUSA Consulting Services II $39,780 to procure a new public safety radio commutation system. The cost is based on expenses and hours worked.

TUSA does not favor one radio equipment supplier and instead chooses different suppliers for different situations.

“The investment we put into this company will pay us back in return for getting a better product at the best cost possible and save us a significant amount of money,” said County manager Kevin Poe.

The system will be used by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Emergency Management, Ambulance Service, Georgia State patrol, Department of Natural Resources and the school systems.

The board also approved the purchase of a Caterpillar skid steer for the solid waste department to be used at the transfer station. The skid steer is from Yancey Brothers in Dacula and costs $43,365. Other companies offered lower bids, but Poe claimed those bids did not meet specifications.

OTHER BUSINESS

In other business, the board:

•approved the rezoning of two parcels of land, one on Hwy. 60 and the other on Mountain Creek Church Rd. Both parcels have one residence and the property owners want to split the lot to build a second residence.

•selected District 1 commissioner Jim Hix as new Vice-Chairman of the board.

•approved John Peebles to continue serving on the Jackson County Airport Authority and Bucky Sorrow to continue serving the Jackson County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. Peebles is serving a three-year term and Sorrow’s term is one year.

•approved consideration of de-annexation request on Hwy. 11 from the city of Jefferson back to Jackson County. Years prior, Jefferson approved the annexation despite the applicant not turning in paperwork. The land is .62 acres and is located near Crows Lake. The property owner will have to apply for rezoning before the county can re-annex the land. Jefferson will vote on the matter at its next meeting.

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