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BOC summary: New juvenile building contract awarded
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Garland and Associates Contractors, Inc. were awarded the bid to build a new building for juvenile court by the Board of Commissioners (BOC) Tuesday evening.

The building contract was for $405,000 and includes the building, grading, site work and finish work, according to Juvenile Court Judge Sheri Roberts. The new building was part of the 2011 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST), which included $500,000 for a new juvenile court facility.

Three bids were received for the project, with Garland coming out as the lowest priced bidder. The other two bidders were Sunbelt Builders, Inc. at a cost of $469,139 and Advanced Systems, Inc. at $734,660.

The excess SPLOST funds, Roberts said, will go toward expenses such as $4,000 that was spent on soil testing and other investigations related to the site, landscaping and security.

The building will be located behind the public library, near the health department and the new dog park being built in Chimney Park.

“When I first thought of this site I thought it was the perfect synergy,” Roberts said. “The dog park is a bonus. It is going to be a good opportunity to teach our kids responsibility and empathy.”

Butler Bridge and Hwy 212 to get traffic light

By the end of this year, a traffic light will be operational on Butler Bridge Road and Highway 212. The poles for the lights were being erected this week, according to Newton County Chair Keith Ellis.

Ellis said paving by the county’s public works department is scheduled to conclude Nov. 15.

Carter and Sloope contract agreed to

The BOC approved a contract with Carter and Sloope for performance monitoring of the Beaver Creek Dam Mitigation site. The motion was made by District 3 Commissioner Nancy Schulz and seconded by District 5 Commissioner Levie Maddox.

Path for resurfacing started on West Georgia Street

The BOC approved an intergovernmental agreement with the city of Oxford to resurface West Georgia Street.