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April 3, 2013

Regional transportation program not happening



Other regions have consolidated multiple rural transport programs for government cost saving, according to Rochelle.

Hall asked if a discussion with the governor would help. A governor’s report in 2012 suggested program consolidation to develop these discussed regional systems.

“We aren’t seeing the buy in on behalf of the state agencies that are very critical in making this happen,” Rochelle said.

• FAA grant for airport improvements

As of Aug. 21, 2012, the county received notice of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) dollars totaling $243,608 in reserve for airport facility improvements. The board approved for the chairman to execution the grant application document for three main projects.

These include surface crack seal and re-marking the airport, addition of obstruction lights on the east end of the runway and the move of a utility pole from the approach on the east end.

Total cost of the various fees and construction is $189,829. The county match is just more than $5,000.

The county’s overseeing engineer Doug Hawkins said he’d like to see this done by the end of the fiscal year citing federal sequestration issues.

“They’ve already contacted us and said well if we can’t get this done we will take these funds and move them over here,” McMullen said. “We want to try and take advantage of this money.”

• Bids for Phase 3-landfill acquisition

The Union Hill Church Road municipal solid waste landfill phase 3 requests for bids documentation have been prepared. The board has time to edit the documents before advertised.

“I feel we need to proceed soon to get this proposal out there,” McMullen said. 

The county manager wants to spread the word to solid waste vendors before and during the 2013 ACCG Annual Meeting and Commissioners Training April 27 through 29. The commission wants to solicit bids to sell the stagnant landfill asset.

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