LAURENS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
APRIL 4, 2017 @ 5:30 P.M.
The Laurens County Board of Commissioners held their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at 5:30 P.M. Present were Chairman Trae Kemp, Commissioners, Jeff Davis, Emory Lake, Tommy Daniel, County Administrator Bryan Rogers and County Attorney Billy Kight. Commissioner Roscoe Brower was absent due to illness. County Administrator Bryan Rogers gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.
The first item was the approval of the minutes of the March 7, 2017 regular meeting. Commissioner Emory Lake made a motion to approve the minutes for the regular meeting. Commissioner Jeff Davis seconded the motion. All voted in favor.
The next item was Approval of the GDOT Local Government Lighting Project Agreement. Chairman Trae Kemp stated this would provide lighting at all the bypass intersections and the County would be responsible for paying utilities and ongoing maintenance cost, and GDOT would construct all the lighting, and after the lighting is done, the county will be responsible for the continued electrical cost associated with that, which would be approximately $5,000 per year. Commissioner Tommy Daniel made a motion to approve the GDOT local lighting Project Agreement. Commissioner Emory Lake seconded the motion. All voted in favor.
Next was the Approval of the GDOT TIA Agreement for Country Club Road Widening & Resurfacing. This project is in Commissioner Tommy Daniel district and he stated this project has been a long time coming and it will connect everything together and will be a good project. County Administrator Bryan Rogers stated it has to be put out for the RFP but he hopes to have the project completed in concurrent with the river bridge crossing project. Commissioner Tommy Daniel made a motion to approve the GDOT TIA Agreement for Country Club Road Widening & Resurfacing project. Commissioner Jeff Davis seconded the motion. All voted in favor.
The next item was the Approval of Bid for Stanley Cemetery Road. Mr. Rogers stated he took bids on the project and three bids came in: Land Care Services bid was $960,081, Dykes Grassing came in at $971.001 and Sikes Brothers came in at $1,097,368. Mr. Rogers also stated in order to get the price down; the option items included in the RFP bid with Land Care actually lowered the price to $853,873. Commissioner Tommy Daniel stated he was glad this project will be done and it has been a long time coming. Commissioner Tommy Daniel made a motion to approve the bid for the Stanley Cemetery Road. Commissioner Emory Lake seconded the motion. All voted in favor.
Next was Closing of Intersections at Ben Hall Lake and New Buckeye Road and Buckeye Road . Chairman Trae Kemp stated the road will not be closed down; there will just be an infrastructure adjustment. Chairman Kemp stated this was a recommendation from GDOT in order to make the new intersections and roadways safer. Ms. Jackie King asked if the road had to be advertised before it could be closed. County Attorney Billy Kight stated there is no legal requirement for the closing of the road to be advertised. Chairman Trae Kemp stated the road could no longer be used for public service and it is no longer used for the public to have access to. The private land owners will now have exclusive access to their particular property. Chairman Kemp stated the intersection has to be closed so that the road can be prepared for DOT to come in and make the other intersections safer than what they currently are now. Ms. King opposed the closing of the road along with several other citizens. After much discussion, Commissioner Emory Lake made a motion to close the intersections. Commissioner Jeff Davis seconded the motion. All voted in favor.
RECOGNITION OF CITIZENS:
Ms. Dorothy James stated she lives on the dirt portion of Ben Hall Lake Road. Ms. James stated the road is very bumpy and she would like to know when they could pave that portion of the road. Commissioner Emory Lake stated there are only four houses on the road and it is two miles long. Commissioner Lake stated they would eventually get to it but it will take some time. Commissioner Tommy Daniel also stated he and Commissioner Lake are working on the road but it will take a lot of money to pave the end of that road and they will discuss it at the next workshop.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.