2017-04-05 / Front Page

County accepts bid for CDBG project

By Deborah Bennett
Millen News editor

Southeastern Civil was the successful bidder for the county’s current Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) project which includes road and drainage improvements on Brannen Road, Edgar Lane Road, Melissa Drive and Regan Road. The bid was approved by Jenkins County Commissioners approved during a recent meeting of the group.

Although the bid will cost the county an additional $116,523.40, it would also maximum the grant funds, said Wesley Parker of Parker Engineering. The additional funds will be paid from the county’s T-SPLOST account. The project will benefit 115 county residents.

Mandy Underwood, Executive Director, Jenkins County Chamber of Commerce/Development Authority, reported that she had been in contact with Bush Field Airport seeking approval to make the Millen/Jenkins County Airport available for parking of planes during Masters Week in Augusta. She said that the local airport would be advertised and rental cars would be available through Enterprise of Augusta. She also requested that the Commissioners authorize improvements to the terminal building before Masters Week. Mrs. Underwood and County Director Grady Lane were instructed to visit the terminal to determine what repairs are needed.

Emergency Management Director (EMA) Alvin Burke presented requests to allow him to apply for five grants which would require county matching funds in the amount of $14,325. The total amount of the grants, if approved, would be approximately $386,756. Mr. Burke indicated the grants would provide needed emergency equipment, including a generator, equipment truck and trailer, emergency sirens, mass notification system and other equipment. The Commissioners approved his requests.

In other business, County Administrator Grady Saxon brought to the Commissioners concerns about parking on the Jenkins County Courthouse lawn. He stated that on court days, various law enforcement agencies and attorneys regularly parked on the lawn on the North side of the courthouse. Mr. Saxon expressed concern that if this practice continued, it could damage the lawn and the sprinkler system. He suggested the placement of benches and trees along the North sidewalk. Commission Chairman James Henry suggested sending a letter to the Sheriff Robert Oglesby seeking his input and cooperation. Commission Jason Oglesby suggested having designated parking on the Daniel Street side of the courthouse on court days. The Commissioners agreed to discuss the matter with Sheriff Oglesby during an upcoming planning meeting.

Mr. Saxon presented a quote for repairs on Hooker Branch Road. The materials required were estimated at a cost of $13,200 and would come from the county’s T-SPLOST fund. The quote was approved.

He also discussed the planned resurfacing of Buttermilk Road, stating it was the next road on the LMIG list. The preliminary cost estimated provided by Parker Engineering was listed at $1,067,690. Mr. Saxon advised that the project cost would come in under this amount once the project was put out for bids. The Commissioners approved a motion to proceed with plans for resurfacing of Buttermilk Road.

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