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County talks road projects, filming

Commissioners discussed road projects in detail at their March 26 meeting, removing some from consideration now and adding others that are in worse shape.

County manager Brandon Rogers reported to commissioners about recent, current and future paving projects, noting that the Tanyard Road project is being funded by a CDBG grant, seven of the roads will be completed using SPLOST funds and all the rest will be funded with GTIB and LMIG funding.

He noted that LMIG funds help the county pay off GTIB loans and allows the county to complete road projects more quickly and at an incredible savings overall.

It was noted that improvements on Drew Allen Road, the Melville Brown Road intersection, Etheridge Mill Road, Carter Road, Plantation Road and Hutchinson Road have already been completed. Many board of commission members visited the roads on the list to appraise the needs in order to allot funding. Roads that will get upcoming improvements include Tanyard Road, McKinley Road, Second District Road, Old Zebulon Road, Hill Street at the intersection of Highway 18, Caldwell Bridge Road, Pedenville Road, McCard Lake Road, Harden Road, Pilkenton Road, Sands Road at the culvert replacement area, Friendship Circle (and parts of Gaulding Road), Watering Hole Pass cul-de-sacs at each end of the dam and Wildwood Road.

Vickery Road was removed from the list and changes were made to repair instead of repave Chapman Road and Sandefur Road. It was noted the DOT will pay for the bridge replacement and commissioners decided to wait on improvements on Williams Mill Road until that work is completed.

Commissioners also heard about upcoming filming at Flat Shoals bridge and voted to allow the county manager to discuss filming with Meriwether County and the location manager.

Commissioners also discussed the master plan for a proposed 238+ acre mixed use Business Park. A committee met with several firms about developing the master plan and recommended Falcon Design based on their presentation and previous jobs completed.

“The committee referred to other projects the company has completed, including Truist Park and other local projects completed in Pike,” said chairman Briar Johnson who also serves on the committee. “We were looking at quality workmanship and the overall project but I don’t think we would go wrong with either one of the top two companies.”

Commissioner voted to pay Falcon Design for creating the master plan with a 3-2 vote and commissioners James Jenkins and Tim Guy in opposition.

Commissioners also discussed and approved the first reading of Pike ordinance 35.09 which distinguishes between regular contracts and road construction-related contracts to mirror the state law requirements for Public Works road contracts.

The county also:

  • Approved use of the courthouse grounds by the Pike County American Legion Post 197 from 10 a.m. to noon for the Pike County Memorial Day Observation Program.
  • Approved CivicPlus, an improved agenda and meeting management platform software.
  • Removed Jason Leatherman from the Pike County Parks and Recreation Authority since he was recently appointed to the tax assessor’s board by commissioners and the PCPRA board does not allow members to serve on any other boards. Commissioner Jason Proctor and Tim Daniel were in opposition.
    • Approved three vehicles for surplus, including a 2012 Dodge Charger, a 2013 Dodge Charger and a 2016 Dodge Durango.

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