JASPER, Ga. – Addressing the 2019 LMIG (Local Maintenance & Improvement Grant), the Pickens County Board of Commissioners Work Session discussed the project at their August Work Session as to what they could accomplish on the list.
The list, used for the discussion, totaled $2,083,467 estimated in materials cost for every one of the forty-one roads included. The list is prioritized according to Pickens County Commission Chairman Rob Jones.
While the board estimates close to $577,000 from the grant, they also noted the increasing prices of asphalt saying the slight increase in funding over last year would not even cover the cost difference.
Jones said in the meeting they would be looking to fund the difference in the LMIG and the rest of their paving would come from SPLOST. However, the list as it stands is for discussion and subject to change before their final decisions coming at the August 16 Regular Session.
The list as it stands is as follows:
City council of Jasper held its regular meeting Monday evening on July 13, 2015
The meeting began with Lisa Hoyle relaying information regarding the 2014 audit review comments. The City will have a policy to have citation books secure until handed out in an effort to keep the citations in order in the required log. There is also a policy in place to ensure the person taking the money and the person handling deposits and reconciliation are assigned as separate duties, this will ensure money is handled properly.
There was then a decision to advertise for bid to repair the city baseball field. They will seek estimates for replacing fence sections and other repair issues. There was an estimate previously given but due to the amount there will a request for bid.
Jeff Hall, Chief Deputy for Pickens County Sheriff’s Office addressed the council regarding a contract between them for the County to house all City prisoners. Previously there was a fee for this service however a contract will allow the City to pull a percentage from fines to alleviate this cost. The County will also take over the bonding process which is how this is handled in most other jurisdictions.
Lonnie Waters reported to the Council regarding bids to repair streets. Johnson Paving was awarded the bid with a price just over $269,000. The City will issue requests for bid on the stripping of the roads. Mayor Weaver commented his desire for the project to look good once it was completed. The City will seek bids on stripping for multiple roads in an effort to secure better pricing. Some of the roads to be repaved will be Hood, Lawson, Old Federal, and Janette Avenue.
Gerry Nechnaval, Economic Director of Pickens County, expressed the appreciation on behalf of himself and the Chamber of the dedication to work with the Downtown Alliance. He also reported the Tom Cruise movie wrapped up production in Ball Ground, There were movie scouts recently scouting locations in our area and very pleased with what they saw so now we wait. There is a possibility for perhaps a passive park by a Conservation Trust Company interested in pursuing something of that nature but no definite plans at this time. A local company has obtained a contract for a different side of business that will create jobs but we will have to wait for the announcement to find out details.
The meeting ended with reports from Police Chief and Fire Department. The Jasper Police responded to 802 calls and 31 accidents in June. The Fire Department responded to a total of 123 calls in June, with a 712 total for the year.