Commissioners on Tuesday, Sept. 18, approved a recommendation from the Catoosa County Public Works Authority after a request by the city to push forward projects in the Peavine.
According to Catoosa County Attorney Chad Young, the county will still put the projects out to bid and contract with the companies.
The city will have input and use their expertise working with the contractors, Young said. Other than Morris Estates we have not moved any dirt (in that area). Millions (of SPLOST dollars) are sitting in the bank.
Commissioner Bobby Winters said that many Catoosans will be happier the faster sewer is installed.
I am pleased to grab and run with it, Winters said. (City Manager) Dan Wright already showed us today on the first project how to save $500,000 by moving out of the road into the shoulders. That means there is more money we can spend for other sewer projects.
City Manager Dan Wright said the goal of the city is to expedite the projects.
As quickly and economically as we can to provide service to citizens of Catoosa County, he said. By trying to be a good partner with county we feel like this will streamline part of the process.
Wright said that the city will soon work with the county to move into the construction phase on Blevins Acres, and pursue steps to get Grove subdivision, Townsend Estates, Townsend Place, Woods Road area, Three Notch Road at Lehon Estates, Melody Estates, and some other planned areas moving towards construction.
He said the city will work on completing the projects as long as SPLOST, or special-purpose local-option sales tax, funds set aside for the projects last.
Sixty-one residents in the Lakeview area on South Center and South Lake streets will see sewage service by mid-summer if all goes as planned, according to J. Olney Meadows, Catoosa County Public Works director.
Commission chairman Bill Clark announced the county will be able to add the additional houses due to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs awarding a Community Development Block Grant for $500,000.
Clark said this is the second grant received for that area, bringing the total to $1 million. The county served 41 residents with the first grant, he said.
He expressed his thanks to Gov. Sonny Perdue and Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Mike Beatty.
I appreciate the opportunity for the county to apply and appreciate the award, he said.
Commissioner Ken Marks said he applauds Meadows work on grant applications.
Marks said that when he joined the commission he suggested this as an option for funding and that he is glad to see constituents in his and Winters district benefiting.
Its another example of commissioners working together, he said. As elected officials, it should be our goal to sewer the county. We are not going to do it tomorrow or the next year.
The Catoosa County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to hold a regular meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 2 p.m. at the Governmental Building at 800 LaFayette St. in Ringgold. For more information about the meeting, call (706) 965-2500.
In other business Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the Governmental Building, the Catoosa County Board of Commissioners: * Approved and audited an engagement letter for the current year with Johnson, Hickey and Murchinson for $52,000.
* Approved a budget amendment returning administration of $340,000 in Catoosa County Foundation of Performing Arts anticipated revenues and $415,000 in expenditures for fiscal 2007-08 to the Colonnade.
* Approved premiums for property and liability insurance renewal with St. Paul Travelers, yielding a net decrease of $15,150.
* Approved a tax refund of $64.65 on one property from a request by Rena-Jean Development LLC and denied a request on other properties. According to Dale McCurdy, with the Catoosa County Assessors Office, there was a error discovered that warranted the refund. He said his office found no mistakes on other requests. Properties are in the Cloud Springs Road area.
* Catoosa County Planning and Zoning recalled its request to institute time limits on yard sales and prohibit open air (flea) markets for further study.
* Approved moving a swimming pools zoning requirement requiring 36-inch fences when within 300 feet of another house to another section of zoning code.
* Approved a contract with the Georgia Department of Transportation for the replacement of two Trans-Aid buses valued at $98,000. Catoosa Countys portion of cost is $4,900.
* Approved a contract for website services for the Catoosa County Assessors Office.
* Approve a paving project for the corner of Poplar Springs and Three Notch roads to improve safety of intersection, at a cost $5,984.
* Created a Commissioners Revenue Fund for landfill repairs and maintenance and placed $1,094,689 now released after completion of federal probation from violations of the Clean Waters Act at the Catoosa County Landfill in 1999.
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