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Roads to be resurfaced with SPLOST funds
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IN BRIEF: A list of more than 90 road portions for the first set of resuracing funded by the 2010 SPLOST, a six-year one cent sales tax approved by voters last year, was presented to the Board of Commissioners today.

Many of those roads are in subdivisions including: Ashley Trace, Bridgwater Place, Caritas Meadow, Carlisle Estates, Cedar Brook, Chelsea Downs, Country Lane Estates, Crysta Springs, Deer Forest, Eagles Ridge Eden Glen, Fern Creek, Fieldstone, Flintridge Estates, Gardens of Fieldstone, Granite Mountain, Heritage Estates, Hidden Acres, Hidden Lake, Honey Creek, Honey Springs, Indian Ridge, Laurel Woods, Maggie Valley, New Lake Estates, Nob Hill, North Hampton, Raintree, Smyrna Downs, Southpark, Stanton Ridge, Tony Valley, Village Green, Woodland Forest.

Other portions of roads not in subdivisions include: Abbott Road from Iris Drive to Turner Road, Ebenezer Road from 138 to Stanton Road to Johnson Road, and Cook Road from Ga. Highway 155 to Union Church Road.

Transportation Director Miguel Valentine said the transportation department would be coordinating with RWR on replacing water pipe at the same time the roads were being dug up for resurfacing.

Several more sets of one-year resurfacing contracts will be drawn up as the SPLOST funds are collected over the six-year period.

Transportation has the largest allocation - $33 million - of the $75 million SPLOST, of which $20 million is for resurfacing, $4.5 million is to establish a maintenance program, about $1.5 to $2.5 million for administrative costs, and $5 million to leverage as matching funds for state and federal dollars.


In other BOC business:

A request for proposals to build a new county website was scrapped and will be put out again with additional information after receiving no satisfactory proposals, according to Finance Director Roselyn Miller. She said the county had received proposals varying from $250,000 in cost to $40,000 in cost. About $60,000 had been budgeted for the website rebuild. 

A position description for a part-time web content manager and analyst, which was a point of contention at last week's BOC meeting, is on the agenda to be taken up again at the July 26 BOC meeting. The county had budged $20,000 for the position, which has not been filled this year, according to Miller.

County Grants Administrator Alice Cintron presented four grants the county was looking at pursuing. A $265,000 grant from the Georgia Emergency Management Association for purchasing protective gear for firefighters would need to be matched with $65,000 from the county.

A $3,000 grant from State Farm would not require a match and would be used for a Global Youth Service Day to promote volunteerism.

A $200,000 federal "Pathways to Responsible Fatherhood" grant from the Department of Health and Human Services would not require a match. The funds would be used to train trainers to provide mentoring, employement training, parenting education, and other services.

A $50,000 federal grant for Arts in Media from the National Endowment for the Arts would require a match and would fund a multimedia project on the history of Rockdale County.