BOC approves the assessment of road maintenance | News


Roads in Madison County will soon receive a newsletter from a professional assessor, who will then come up with a plan for the most cost-effective way to improve and maintain these roads.

County commissioners on Monday approved a $ 68,000 proposal from Chris Dills of Neel-Schaffer, a civil engineering firm, to assess the county’s roads and come up with a road maintenance plan.

Commission Chairman Todd Higdon said the plan was one of the most exciting things to come to the commission table in some time. Board members see it as a way to be efficient when they use the sales tax money over the next five years. County voters recently approved a five-year one-cent sales tax for county and city transportation improvements, with projected revenues of $ 13 million for the county and municipalities.

Dills said that a comprehensive road maintenance plan, instead of a piecemeal plan, can improve road quality faster, with more miles driven, than simply focusing on resurfacing the road. ‘asphalt. He recently told commissioners it would take him about two and a half months to complete the assessment in Madison County.

Also on Monday, commissioners approved a contract with Arpeggio to help the county implement a county noise ordinance.

Madison County commissioners have frequently heard citizens around Georgia Renewable Power (GRP) in Colbert say that the noise from the plant is unbearable. They were repeatedly asked to do something to help resolve the problem.

The ordinance will not only deal with GRP. It will be a comprehensive plan to assess and resolve noise issues in the county.

“This development will be based on noise ordinances established and deemed effective,” says Arpeggio’s contract.

The company will also hold a public meeting with the county to gather feedback from citizens. No date has been set. The total cost is $ 43,900 for the development, modeling, monitoring and advice on the implementation of prescriptions.

County code enforcement officer Christopher Roach was named the new head of the county planning department on Monday. It was questioned whether the county’s building inspection office would be under Roach’s supervision. This question will be addressed later.

Roach was also asked to assess the requests for proposals for the county’s comprehensive land use plan.

Commissioners have approved the installation of cameras at various properties across the county to help document vandalism and other criminal acts and prosecute offenders.

Council approved a rental agreement with the County Industrial Authority for the use of the county-owned building at 94 Spring Lake Drive as an office and meeting space.

Jerry Willoughby has been appointed to the County Recreation Council. Nathan Owens and Rebecca Scott were re-elected to the county election board. Kenneth Bradley and Cynthia Fortson have been reappointed to the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Commission President Todd Higdon said 51 tonnes of tires were collected during a recent tire amnesty event. Another event will likely take place in April.

The commissioners approved their 2022 meeting schedule, the county vacation schedule and the 2022 beer and wine licenses. They agreed to abandon part of Osley Mill Road. They discussed at length a uniform contract for the recreation department, eventually agreeing to a $ 64,000 contract with Shuma for the uniforms in 2022. The uniforms are expected to be of a higher quality than those used this year. Uniform expenses are covered by sports registration fees, not tax dollars.

The sides of Lem Edwards Road have been marked for logging. The county will widen the road. The extension of Brickyard Road has been cleared, graded and landscaped. The new Barwick Hill Road culvert will be installed in January, weather permitting.

President Higdon wished council a Merry Christmas and told council members he was grateful for how the commissioners got along well when going about county business.


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