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Work on new public works complex to start this fall
public works plans

The Dawson County public works and fleet maintenance departments are looking forward to construction of a new building complex at the transfer station on Burt Creek Road.

The board of commissioners approved a $2,644,127 bid from Charles Black Construction Company for design and construction services for a three-building complex during a June 21 meeting.

Public Works Director David McKee presented five bids to the board at a June 14 work session and described the scope of the project.

Planned is a public works building that will contain administrative offices as well as the roads and bridges shop, as well as a fleet maintenance facility with administrative offices and garage areas.

The third building will be a brick and mortar scale house.

“If you’re familiar with the transfer station, there are two mobile office trailers that are out there now that function both as a scale house and what was going to be a temporary location for the public works guys, and that was done about seven and a half years ago,” McKee said.

In 2007, Pond and Company created the master plan for the Fleet and Public Works Complex and the county entered into an intergovernmental agreement with the board of education, which built a bus maintenance facility.

A feuling center is also located on the property and the board of education and county have an intergovernmental agreement for that as well.

The transfer station is currently built on a landfill that was closed in the late 1990s.

Construction is expected to start around September or October, McKee said.

The project will be funded by SPLOST VI proceeds and from the solid waste fund.

The transfer station will remain open throughout the entire process.