Sheriff turns up HEAT on aggressive driving
by Neil B. McGahee
Oct 10, 2013 | 2226 views | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bartow County Sheriff Clark Millsap unveiled the HEAT — Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic — program to the Oct. 9 public meeting of County Commissioner Steve Taylor.

“With the increase in accidents and fatalities due to speeding, drunk driving and seat belt violations,” Millsap said, “we have found a way to help out without any cost to the county for at least two years.”

Under the terms of a $246,000 grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, the department would receive six patrol cars painted a distinctive blue and those officers would be assigned to strictly traffic enforcement.

“They could be pulled into other duties if there was an emergency situation, but their main focus would be targeting traffic,” Millsap said.

He also noted that HEAT units from other counties could assist the Bartow force and vice versa as part of the agreement with the state.

Taylor authorized the agreement.

Taylor also authorized an agreement with Carter, Watkins Architects Associates Inc. to design and plan a county resource center on Glade Road in south Bartow. County administrator Peter Olson said the center would include a gymnasium/recreational facility and a trash compactor. A state block grant will provide $31,000 and Bartow County will pony up $10,000. The recreational facility would be paid from a 2014 SPLOST fund.

In other business, Taylor:

• authorized $233,581 from a federal grant for striping more than 31 miles of county roads.

• authorized the sale of six Bartow County Sheriff’s Office vehicles.

• authorized GLE Facilities and Environmental Consultants to perform air quality remediation at the former Georgia State Patrol barracks on U.S. Highway 41.

• authorized an application to the Georgia State Road and Tollway Authority to fund Cass-White road improvements.

• accepted 2.2 acres of land from the Aubrey Corporation.

Commissioner Taylor’s next public meeting will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 10 a.m at the Frank Moore Administration and Judicial Center.