Noise study and cultural resource study for Old 179 project is complete

Work could begin on the rehabilitation of Old 179 within the city of Whigham before the end of the year, according to Grady County Administrator Carlos Tobar.
The board voted unanimously to award a contract to Oxford Construction in the amount of $293,276.50 for the portion of the former state highway within the Whigham city limits. The county is investing $149,776.50 of its Local Maintenance Improvement Grant funding and the City of Whigham is contributing $43,500. The remaining $100,000 will come from an additional LMIG allocation, which Chairman Charles Norton signed the application for Tuesday night.
“We plan to issue a notice to proceed immediately,” Tobar said.
Commissioners also heard an update on required studies being conducted for the Old 179 North project.
Tobar reported that Edwards-Pitman had completed a noise study and cultural resource study and no further coordination was required as a result of the studies. The county paid $24,881.90 for the two studies.
Commissioners also learned that CCR Environmental Inc., is wrapping up the ecology studies this week, which include wetlands and endangered species components. The cost to the county is $11, 770.
Tobar was prepared to recommend approval of a striping contract, but due to bids coming in lower than anticipated additional roads are being added and the administrator hopes to bring back a recommendation at the commission’s Dec. 6 meeting.
In other business Tuesday night, the board:
‰Authorized the purchase of a new truck for the University of Georgia Extension Service from Stallings Motors at a low bid of $32,054.
‰Approved payment of a final invoice from Chad Andrews for water quality monitoring for $4,266.28. This is for services rendered through May 2016 and is required by the permit for Tired Creek Lake.
‰Approved payment of $3,310.52 to Tired Creek consulting attorney Laura Benz for legal services from July 27 through Nov. 2.
‰Accepted the low bid of $13,684 from General Heating & Air for new air conditioning units at the Grady County Detention Center.
‰Adopted an amended special land use ordinance governing yard sales in the county.
‰Authorized the placement of a monument honoring the county’s Gold Star mothers to be placed near the eternal flame monument on the courthouse lawn. The monument is to be purchased with private donations and not county funds.

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