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County to vote on grant
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The Dawson County Board of Commissioners is expected to vote Sept. 5 on receiving a Local Maintenance Improvement Grant, courtesy of the Georgia Department of Transportation.

At the commissioners work session Thursday, Aug. 22, County Engineer Corey Gutherie presented to the board a list of proposed projects if the grant is approved.

The grant amount totals $286,119.27.

Because Dawson County voted down T-SPLOST, which is now referred to as the Transportation Investment Act in 2012, the county must pay a 30 percent match toward the grant. Counties that voted for T-SPLOST only pay a 10 percent match.

The match amount totals $85,835.78. Gutherie did say the match can be paid through equipment and labor. We expect most of that to be paid in-kind labor and equipment, he said.

Gutherie said planning and development recommends five projects be completed with the grant. They are:

a full-depth reclamation of one mile of Burt Creek Road;

patching, leveling and resurfacing of a .38-mile portion of Hammond Hester Road;

base widening, crowning, binder, and topping to a .4-mile of Salem Church Road;

--deep patching, pipe replacement, leveling and resurfacing to a half-mile stretch of Sams Road;

--and deep patching, leveling and resurfacing to a small .13-mile spot on Wood Valley Trace.

Money for the project is included in the proposed 2014 county budget.

The commissioners are expected to vote on the LMIG grant at their Sept. 5 meeting.

Also at the work session:

Dawson County Emergency Services Deputy Chief Tim Satterfield asked commissioners to approve a request to surplus a 1979 Seagraves Ladder Truck. The truck failed a compliance inspection, and the cost to repair would be between $50,000 and $60,000. Emergency Services calls on Forsyth or Hall County when a ladder truck is needed.

Gutherie asked commissioners to approve an award to MidAmerica Towers of $53,000 for two equipment shelters. The shelters will house equipment for the upcoming narrow-banding radio project.

Gutherie also asked commissioners to approve a request for off-system safety improvements project contract grant from GDOT in the amount of $350,000. The grant doesnt require a match and would be used for striping, stop lines and raised pavement markers for roads in the county.

Commissioners are scheduled to vote on all these items at their Sept. 5 voting session. The Sept. 5 meeting also will be the second public hearing and possible adoption for the countys proposed 2014 budget. The meeting is at 6 p.m. in the Dawson County Government Center, 25 Justice Way.

The county doesnt meet tomorrow because it is the fifth Thursday of the month. Meetings for Sept. 12 and 19 also have been canceled due to commissioners not being able to attend and light agendas.