LMIG discussion arises in County Meeting

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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:

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Road Median Flowers

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Before the cold turned them brown, I was getting questions about the flowers planted in the road median between Blue Ridge and Ellijay.  As it turns out the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is teaching all of us about an old floral favorite that needs to be brought back to the garden: cosmos. This year they were planted in medians and roadsides all across the state.

 

If you have ever wondered, “Do those specialty license plates pay off?” The answer is yes, and of course, on display. What is even more exciting is that the future is bright for these types of floral plantings. GDOT is revved up on planting pollinators along the highway system, and this should have everyone doing the happy dance.

 

But let’s go back to the cosmos. This is not the orange cosmos, instead it is the Cosmos bipinnatus. This cosmos is native to Mexico and is related to coreopsis and rudbeckias. It is the quintessential cottage garden flower and brings in the pollinators.  It is so good that the University of Georgia has put them in their promotional seed packs labeled the “Pollinator Blend.” The pack states that pollinators will make a beeline to your garden when you plant this beautiful flower mix.

 

These cosmos have daisy-like flowers 2 to 4 inches wide in shades of burgundy, pink, lilac and white with orange centers, and they are borne on stems of airy, fern-like foliage for weeks on end during the growing season. As GDOT and UGA would testify, these are easy to grow from seed. In fact, they are so easy to grow from seed, you can sow successive plantings to have blooms the entire growing season, especially if you want to have a bounty of flowers for the vase too.  You might get lucky and find nursery plants, but seeds seem to be readily available.

 

Plant your seeds or nursery-grown transplants into loose, well-drained soil once the soil temperature reaches 60 degrees.  Fertility need not be high for this Mexico native. Seeds germinate in five to seven days with blooms, bees and butterflies in eight to 10 weeks. Thin the seedlings or space transplants 12 to 36 inches apart depending on your variety.

 

Yes, there are varieties like the 1936 All-America Selections Award Winner ‘Sensation’ that tops out in the 4- to 5-foot range.  But if you are into the more diminutive cosmos, then you might want to try the 2-foot-tall ‘Sonata,’ which was a Fleuroselect Award Winner. There are plenty of others to try as well.

 

Although considered an annual, the cosmos gives a perennial-like performance by reseeding, which is perfect for the highway system and your pollinator garden too. These are tough plants, so water sparingly but when you do, water deeply, training those roots to go deep. Your volunteer seedlings may look a little different than what you originally planted when it comes to height, but they will nonetheless be dazzling.

 

If GDOT can have success with cosmos, you can too. I hope you’ll give them a try next spring.

 

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Jasper City Council Meeting

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Low bid approvals could see road changes and repairs after August’s City Council meeting.

Under new business Paul Poore discussed having a new downtown event on November 4, 2017. To follow up on the event read, Sports Car Event Coming to Pickens.

Next on the agenda, David Hall brought attention to the need of a lift station pump. Lift stations are used for pumping wastewater or sewage from a lower to a higher elevation. Hall told the council it was vital that the pump be repaired being that it has been patched multiple times and runs the risk of leaking. The council made the approval to repair the pump by accepting the low bid of $11,875 from Foreline.

Superintendent Dr. Carlton Wilson spoke with Mayor John Weaver and stated the Board of Education would give back to the city the Dixie Street Extension. This street runs between Jasper Elementary School and the old gym. It has been blocked off for many years making it unavailable for traffic due to children crossing the road to enter the gym. The council approved to reopen Dixie Street Extension as an operational city street.

Following the approval of Dixie Street, council members accepted the bid of $44,000 to repair the wooden bridge on Main Street using out SPLOST dollars. Railworks Track System Inc. will be repairing the bridge and state,

After it is finished, it should be stable for a while.

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Upcoming Roads To Be Paved

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Jasper, GA – Pickens County Public Works is well into its paving projects having completed Old Tate Road and Burnt Mountain Road last week and currently paving Cain Trail, and Thompson Lane (Hwy. 53 West side). They also plan to be moving on to Tilley Road and Swan Bridge Road in the coming weeks.

Additionally, subcontractor crews are paving through both the Local Maintenance Improvement Grant and SPLOST funds on behalf of Pickens County. However, these roads and their timing could change due to weather and other variables.

Currently they are paving Old Philadelphia Road, Grady Street, Jackson Street, John Street, Northside Drive, Gordon Road, Myrtle Street, Arminda Street, Glyness Street, W. Gordon Road, Golden Springs Drive, and East Golden Springs Drive.

Citizens will also see work beginning soon on Firetower Road, Ray Road, Brooks Road, Lukes Path, Pineview Court, Twin Oak Court, Mountain View Court, Mountain View Drive, Collins Road, Hopkins Lane, Scenic View, Twin Oaks Circle, Camp Road (53 to Refuge Road section), Still Hollow Road, West Laurel Trace, East Laurel Trace, West Boling Road, East Boling Road, Turner Road, and Turner Road Extension.

This is not necessarily all the roads that will be paved, as some could be added in the months to come depending on the timing of the current roads that are being paved and other various factors according to Public Information Officer Tucker Green.

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