2017-05-10 / Front Page

County approves Aptitude Test for new employees

By Deborah Bennett
Millen News editor

Anyone seeking employment with Jenkins County must achieve an acceptable passing score of 65% on the county’s Aptitude Test. The request was presented by County Administrator Grady Saxon during a recent meeting of the Jenkins County Commissioners. It was unanimously approved.

Mr. Saxon presented a proposal from the Department of Transportation (DOT) regarding the replacement of Harrison Bridge. Provisions of the proposal indicated that the DOT would provide preliminary engineering construction and one-half of the necessary rights-of-way cost. The county would be responsible for the remaining half of the rightsof way cost. The proposal was approved.

A proposal from Superior Alarms of Millen was presented for the installation of fire alarm systems at the Jenkins County Courthouse, J.C. Douglas Agricultural Building and the Jenkins County Extension Office. The cost of the systems was listed at $14,050. Mr. Saxon explained that the systems were needed in order to maintain the 7.5% safety discount with the county’s insurance carrier. Mr. Saxon was asked to investigate the possibility of obtaining grant funding for the systems. The commissioners approved the purchase and installation of the fire systems with payment to come from the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax #5 revenue, provided no grant funding was available.

In connection with this, the purchase and installation of a hood vent with a fire suppression system for the concession stand at the Jenkins County Recreation Department was approved. TMG of Ellabell was low bidder for the job at a cost of $16,800. Mr. Saxon stated that this was another area of concern in order to maintain the 7.5% safety discount with the county’s insurance carrier.

Other actions taken by the Commissioners included: approved beginning the process for closure of Black Circle, upon request of Chris Graham, with a public hearing and advertisement in The Millen News; approved the purchase of a marker for the dedication of the agriculture building in honor of J.C. Douglas in the amount of $1,590; and approved the installation of an air conditioning/heating unit in the airport terminal.

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