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Page 45 "‘orter August l4, 20l9 County to resurface five roads with state funds By Richard Dumas torsyth@mymcmet Monroe County Commissioners agreed on Tuesday, Aug. 6 to pay Marietta—based C.W. Matthews Contracting Co., Inc. just ‘ under $1.2 million for road resurfacing. Commissioners approved by a 4-1 vote to contract with the low bidder C.W. Matthews to do full—depth reclamations of Pine Grove Church Road and Collier Road. The contract also calls for resurfac- ing to Cricket Run and a two-inch asphalt overlay to be placed on Stokes Store Road. The overlay on Pea Ridge Road will also be backfilled and grassed along the shoul- der by the county road department. The county will pay for the projects using just over $619,000 in state 2019 Local Maintenance Improvement Grant (LMIG) funds. A 30 percent county match of just over $265,000 was required ies. The county will also be responsible for an additional $304,000 to complete the project. County manager Jim Hedges rec— ommended taking the $304,000 overflow out of the 2019 general fund and then paying it back with 2020 SPLOST pro- ceeds dedicated to roads. Macon-based Reeves Construction Company also bid on the project, but Reeves’ bid of just over $1.3 million was more than $100,000 higher than C.W. Matthews’ bid. District 3 commissioner John Ambrose initially motioned to throw out both bids, saying new state bidding requirements mandating the jobs be posted on the state procurement website and stipulating a professional engineering firm set the scope of work reduced the number of bid- ders and significantly increased the cost of the project. “It’s gonna cost the counties twice the amount to do what they normally 'do. . . Our counties cannot afford to do this,” Ambrose said. As an example of the rising costs, District 4 commissioner George Emami said the cost included in a bid packet pro- w‘ded by engineering consultant, Tifton- based Watkins & Associates, dedicated to “traffic control” for the Stokes Store Road improvements was $45,000. Monroe County road superintendent Junior Watts, who agreed with Ambrose that LMIG project costs have skyrocketed, estimated that traffic control methods on Stokes Store Road would only be needed for about a day-and—a—half. Both Ambrose and Emami said they were concerned that by not doing full— depth reclamations on Pea Ridge Road and Stokes Store Road, respectively, that the roads would need to be resurfaced again in several years. However, Watts assured commissioners that an asphalt overlay on Stokes Store Road would hold up for at least seven or eight years. After Ambrose’s motion to throw out all bids was rejected by the other four commissioners, District 1 commissioner Larry Evans motioned to approve the CW. Matthews contract. After about 30. minutes of discussion, commissioners accepted by a 4-1 vote C.W. Matthews’ bid with Ambrose the lone dissenter. In a separate but related matter, com- missioners unanimously approved to con- tract with Macon-based Houston Asphalt in the amount of $87,150 for resurfacing work on Martha Lane and Timberline Road. The funds for the projects will come from the county’s 2018 LMIG mon— ies. The funds were initially earmarked for Unionville Road, but alternative projects had to be selected due to right—of-way issues. C.W. Matthews also submitted a bid on the project, but its bid of $136,897 was nearly $50,000 higher than Houston Asphalt’s. for the county to receive the LMIG mon- Commissioners to take bids on repairs to recreation fields ~By Richard Dumas torsyth©mymcrnet Monroe County Commissioners will take bids on improving playing fields at the Monroe County Recreation Department. County recreation director Landon Sparks asked commissioners on Tuesday, Aug. 6 to proceed with upgrades to seven existing baseball and softball fields to include: eliminating the built-up areas along the in— field/ grass lip, the addition of a new infield mix, laser grading, fencing, aeration and top dressing and modifications to irrigation. Sparks also proposed building two new soccer—only fields, one big field (380 feet by 260 feet) and one small field (150 feet by 225 feet), on already cleared land just north of the rec gymnasium near the main pond. The improvements would be paid for using 2014 Special Purpose Lo- cal Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) funds dedicated to recreation. County manager Jim Hedges said about $600,000 in 2014 recreation SPLOST funds are still available to spend. In a separate but related matter, District 3 commissioner John Am— brose said he’s concerned that the proposed truck lane additions to 1-75 North could encroach on the recreation department entrance and several fields. Commissioners reiect buying gazebo for convention center By Richard Dumas torsyih©mymcmei Monroe County Commis- sioners rejected on Tuesday, Aug. 6 a proposal to build a 400 square—foot gazebo outside the Monroe County Convention Center. County manager Jim Hedg- es recommended commis- sioners spend about $31,800 in 2014 SPLOST funds dedicated to the convention center to build a gazebo and improve landscaping at the site. Hedges said the conven- tion center has been very successful, having increased its revenues by 47 percent over the first seven months of 2019 as compared with the same time period in 2018. Hedges said conven- tion center manager Karine Flemming has urged him to improve the exterior land- scaping at the site, saying she wanted a gazebo that would make the site “the most pho- tographed spot in Monroe County” Hedges then proposed con- tracting with Montezuma- based Yoder’s Storage Build- ings on a gazebo, contracting with Juliette-based Cutting Edge Landscaping on land- scaping and irrigation and contracting with Ricky Epps Jr. of Forsyth on concrete improvements. However, District 3 com- missioner John Ambrose said he supports adding a ga- zebo but said he’s concerned that some of the space that Hedges wanteddedicated to landscape improvements would be needed for addi— tional parking in the future. District 1 commissioner Larry Evans said he’s worried that a security fence would be needed around the gazebo to keep nearby motel guests from loitering at the site. After about 15 minutes of discussion, commissioners then voted down Hedges’ proposal to build a gazebo by a 3-2 vote. District 2 com- missioner Eddie Rowland and Ambrose voted in favor of making the landscaping improvements and building the gazebo while commis- sion chairman Greg Tapley,’ District 4 commissioner George Emami and Evans were opposed. Emami then urged Hedges to determine how many ad— ditional parking spaces are needed on site. Macon Regional Crimestoppers Macon Regional Crimestoppers needs the publics help in locating these wanted persons tor arrest. Macon Regional Crimestoppers otters rewards of up to $2,000 for tips that lead to ar- rests. Leads or "tips" can be provided to Crimestoppers through its tip line at 478-742-2330 or l-877—68CRIME or via its online tip submission, and all tipsters will remain anonymous. V ‘ Kishanne Jones Holly Carpenter ’Probation Violation Superior Court Ernest Collins Probation Violation - Superior Court Vincent 1'. 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