Euharlee’s downtown will see a number of improvements in the coming year with the projects planned for the Euharlee Road and Covered Bridge Road intersection and the Covered Bridge Road and Five Forks Road intersection.
While the Euharlee City Council was not able to approve the projects during its Tuesday night work session, they gave Planning and Zoning Administrator Ron Goss approval during a previous regular meeting to start moving the dirt needed for both intersection projects.
Excess soil excavated from the Joe Cowan Park construction site will be used to level out the intersection where Covered Bridge Road intersects with Euharlee Road.
City Manager Trish Sullivan said the city had contacted the Presbyterian church, which approved the construction.
The dirt, Goss said during the council’s Oct. 2 meeting, will be used to create a run-off area next to the intersection for driver safety. He added it would be more efficient to move the dirt when the city still had trucks available to transport it, rather than re-hiring those trucks after construction is finished.
Improvements to the Covered Bridge Road and Euharlee Five Forks Road area, Sullivan said, are aimed at driver safety as well.
“That bridge that goes over Euharlee Five Forks is a nightmare. So this would be an improvement there — move it out a little bit,” she said.
While there are no confirmed work plans for the Euharlee Five Forks intersection, Sullivan said it would likely make it easier for drivers to get into Frankie Harris Park. While soil is being moved into place for the project as well, Sullivan said construction would not start on either project until after the first of next year.
The council also interviewed attorney Brandon Bowen for planning and zoning-related work. In the past, City Attorney Boyd Pettit said, Peter Olson had assisted him with planning and zoning matters. With Olson slated to be Bartow County administrator next year for Commissioner-elect Steve Taylor, he recommended Bowen as his replacement.
Bowen also was recently selected to replace Olson as Kingston’s city attorney.
Other city council business included:
• Discussing the 2013 city budget.
• Approving payment of the Bartow Animal Shelter’s third quarter invoice.
• Updating the city’s official zoning map.
The Euharlee City Council’s next meeting is scheduled for Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. at city hall.