A new recreational track may be in the county's future as a grant application was authorized with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources through the Georgia Recreational Trails Program. The grant, if awarded, would fund the construction of a 1.25-mile loop in the Hurricane Hollow Recreational Area.
Hurricane Hollow is a 40-acre county greenspace tract connected to the city's Pine Mountain Recreation Area. Access to the trail will be from the Pine Mountain Trail. The project is estimated to cost about $30,000.
A contract was awarded to Contech Construction Products for the replacement of a wooden bridge and culvert on Johnson Mountain Road in the amount of $167,244.
The commissioner also approved the bond request by the Bartow County Board of Education, which was passed at Tuesday's BOE meeting. Approval at the county level is a formality as mandated by state legislation, Brown said.
The $47 million general obligation bonds will help fund the construction of new schools. The levy and collection of an annual ad valorem tax to pay the principal and interest of these bonds in the event of insufficient sales tax funds was included in the commissioner's Wednesday resolution. This resolution acts as a contingency plan for payment of the bonds as is mandatory following a referendum supporting a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax continuation in the July primary.
Stormwater maintenance agreements from about 15 residential and commercial developments were approved to align such oversight with the mandates of the Metropolitan Water District. The agreements hold developers responsible for maintenance of retention ponds to meet county requirements.
The sale of county-owned surplus goods was authorized to be sold through GovDeals Internet auction service.
Two reappointments were authorized Wednesday. Larry Owens was reappointed as a member of the Northwest Georgia Region 1 Emergency Medical Services Council, and David Lanham was reappointed to the Bartow County Board of Zoning Appeals.
Lastly, the commissioner approved the appointment of a county legislative coordinator to exchange legislative information during the next state legislative session as recommended by the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia.