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County sets road workshop for Oct. 30

Pike County commissioners discussed road improvements and revised general appointment policies and procedures and approved a probation service contract with the Department of Corrections at their Tuesday, Sept. 30, meeting. Commissioners set a workshop for Thursday, Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. to discuss road work plans and SPLOST funding. ’At the workshop we could lay out our plans for the roads and what Todd Goolsby and the Department of Transportation have been working on,’ said county manager John Hanson. ‘We’re looking at several projects on roads. The public is invited to come hear our plans.’ Commissioners made some changes to the county’s general appointment policies and procedures and approved the first reading. They agreed to allow citizens to serve on no more than two boards, authorities or commissions at a time. Commissioners approved a probation service contract and heard that judge Chris Edwards agreed to it with Goolsby and Brandon Rogers from public works overseeing the program. County manager Hanson noted both SPLOST and LOST collections are up from where they were this time last year. The county also: ’¢ Heard applicants at Shri Ram Chandra Mission withdrew their application to open a rehabilitation center. Letters will notify neighbors the application has been withdrawn. ’¢ Heard veterinarian Dr. Curtis Crawford will help Pike’s animal control with euthanasia. Pike is working on an agreement for fees, charges and any litigation that may occur. ’¢ Appointed Jonathan Yoder to the J. Joel Edward Public Library board to fill a three-year term to expire Aug. 31, 2017; Howard Busby to the planning commission to fill an unexpired three-year term to expire June 30, 2016; and Richard Baskin to the planning commission to fill a three-year term to expire Sept. 30, 2017. ’¢ Approved a contract between the board of assessors and Traylor Business Services related to personal property audit services. ’¢ Ratified payment of $2,895 for a storage building for the sheriff’s office out of the jail fund. ’¢ Discussed a request for the court administrator to study practices in judicial circuits of similar size for payment of court reporters and transcripts. ’¢ Heard a request from superior court clerk Carolyn Williams for $800 for the board of equalization. Commissioner Carol Bass said since they do not know the exact amount needed to let the department reflect an overage and adjust the budget later. Hanson asked if the adjustment should be made when it happens or to bring it back before the commission. Bass asked for it to come back. ’¢ Heard commissioner James Jenkins volunteered to be the county’s leadership delegate with Association County Commissioners of Georgia. ’¢ Heard from John Morrison about the board’s recent zoning and land use actions. ’¢ Heard Old Zebulon Road is now open with some work on the shoulders still to be completed.

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