Although it's not yet the holiday season, Bartow County Commissioner Steve Taylor spent the majority of Wednesday's public hearing handing out cash, either directly or indirectly.
Taylor approved Bartow Transit Director Weldon Dudley's request to apply to the Georgia Department of Transportation for $199,375 in annual financial assistance with $153,348 making up the annual operating budget and $45,027 to replace an aging bus. The county's portion is about $4,500.
County Administrator Peter Olson received $120,000 to upgrade the roof of Fire Station No. 9 to tin after part of the station's shingled roof was recently damaged by high winds. Fire Station 15, the last single-person volunteer fire station, is being expanded to accept a second firefighter in residence at a cost of $297,000. Taylor approved both requests.
County transportation planner Tom Sills said his department was applying for a GDOT FLAP (Federal Lands Access Program) grant to repave 1.4 miles of roads in Gatewood Park leading to Bartow Beach.
In other business, Taylor approved a contract with Southern Disaster and Crowder Gulf for emergency debris removal; approved a $28,411 contract with the Justice Department to provide Smart Boards and tablets for deputies; approved the sale of surplus property — five vehicles and 16 computer towers — on gov.org; approved water system improvements on Cass-White and Glade roads totaling $1.03 million; approved the appointments of Craig Millsap to the EMS Region 1 council and Holly Holder to the DFACS Board; and approved a large stack of Malt Beverage/Alcohol renewal applications for 2019.